Dagmar Menzel

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Glucocorticoid-induced TNF-related protein (GITR) has been shown to stimulate T cell-mediated antitumor immunity in mice. However, the functional relevance of GITR and its ligand (GITRL) for non-T cells has yet to be fully explored. In addition, recent evidence suggests that GITR plays different roles in mice and humans. We studied the role of GITR-GITRL(More)
Two children with Alport's syndrome are described, who developed anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibody-mediated nephritis after renal transplantation. The reactivity of antibodies in their serum with collagenase-solubilized normal GBM was examined by SDS-PAGE with one- and two-dimensional immunoblotting. The specificity was compared with that of(More)
Thrombotic obstruction of glomerular capillaries causes acute renal failure in patients with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Recanalization of occluded vessels normally occurs by activation of the endogenous fibrinolytic system, mediated by plasminogen activators, which are stored and synthesized in the endothelial cells. However, endothelial injury is(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of junctional adhesion molecule A (JAM-A) on adhesion and differentiation of human CD34(+) cells into endothelial progenitor cells. METHODS AND RESULTS Tissue healing and vascular regeneration is a multistep process requiring firm adhesion of circulating progenitor cells to the vascular wall and their further(More)
The appearance of lipid-rich foam cells is a major feature of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque formation. The transformation of macrophages into foam cells results from excessive uptake of cholesterol-rich particles by scavenger receptors such as CD68. We cloned a CD68-Fc immunoadhesin, a fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of the human(More)
By using immunocytochemical techniques we have been able to localize the V1 vasopressin receptor in the rat kidney. Immunoblotting using an antiserum raised against an affinity-purified vasopressin receptor showed a 55,000 daltons protein band that has a molecular mass similar to that of the liver V1 vasopressin receptor, as demonstrated by cross-linking(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of this study was to compare donor return patterns of non-compensated and compensated German first-time donors to assess the effect of monetary reward on donor return. METHODS We conducted a retrospective analysis of a donor survey of 3,077 non-compensated and 738 compensated German first-time donors. Survey data were pooled and(More)
X-chromosomal DNA probes defining various polymorphic DNA markers were used to study genetic linkage in three families with Alport's syndrome. With the DXS17 marker, only a single cross-over was observed in 26 informative meioses, and evidence for linkage was also obtained with the DXS11 marker. These data localize the gene for the X-linked form of Alport's(More)
In a 7 year old girl presenting with bone deformities, dwarfism, and a history of recurrent fractures osteogenesis imperfecta had been diagnosed at birth. Although she had been hospitalized several times, radiologic signs of rickets remained unnoticed. Laboratory data proved existence of hypophosphatemic vitamin D-resistant type of rickets, which was(More)