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BACKGROUND Secretoneurin is a neuropeptide located in nerve fibers along blood vessels, is upregulated by hypoxia, and induces angiogenesis. We tested the hypothesis that secretoneurin gene therapy exerts beneficial effects in a rat model of myocardial infarction and evaluated the mechanism of action on coronary endothelial cells. METHODS AND RESULTS In(More)
Diabetic foot ulcers represent a therapeutic problem of high clinical relevance. Reduced vascular supply, neuropathy and diminished expression of growth factors strongly contribute to wound healing impairment in diabetes. Secretoneurin, an angiogenic neuropeptide, has been shown to improve tissue perfusion in different animal models by increasing the amount(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor volume may serve as a predictor of response to radiochemotherapy (RCT) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Computer assisted tumor volumetry requires time-consuming slice-by-slice manual or semi-automated segmentation. We questioned how accurately primary tumor and suspect cervical lymph node (LN) volumes can be approximated(More)
OBJECTIVE Severe sepsis is known to result in various neurological long-term deficits in human. Recently, a link between severe, lethal sepsis and significant hearing loss with correlating histomorphological inner ear changes in mice (C57BL/6) was observed. However, if similar observations can be made in severe, non-lethal sepsis in mice is unclear. This(More)
BACKGROUND Amino acid analysis is a valuable tool for cardiovascular risk assessment. Preterm infants display plasma amino acid changes in the newborn period. Whether these changes persist is unknown to date. The aim of this study was to assess whether former very preterm infants (VPI) show alterations in amino acid patterns indicative of an unfavorable(More)
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