Dr. Otto Meyer

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von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a bleeding disorder caused by inherited defects in the concentration, structure, or function of von Willebrand factor (VWF). VWD is classified into three primary categories. Type 1 includes partial quantitative deficiency, type 2 includes qualitative defects, and type 3 includes virtually complete deficiency of VWF. VWD type(More)
The apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is the only genetic risk factor that has so far been linked to risk for late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). However, 50 percent of Alzheimer's disease cases do not carry an APOE4 allele, suggesting that other risk factors must exist. We performed a two-stage genome-wide screen in sibling pairs with LOAD to detect other(More)
The acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AvWS) is a rare bleeding disorder with laboratory findings similar to those of congenital von Willebrand disease (vWD). Despite the numerous cases reported in the literature until 1999 (n = 266), large studies on AvWS are not available. Moreover, diagnosis of AvWS has been difficult and treatment empirical. These(More)
Synthetic peptides corresponding to the extreme COOH terminus of the gamma chain of fibrinogen gamma 400-411, (400)HHLGGAKQAGDV(411), have been used to analyze recognition specificities of the platelet-binding sites for fibrinogen, fibronectin, and von Willebrand factor. gamma 403-411 did not inhibit 125I-fibrinogen binding to platelets. In contrast, gamma(More)
Retrospective studies of patients with thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) have shown that a deficient activity of von Willebrand factor (vWF)-cleaving protease is involved in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) but not in the hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). To further analyze the relevance of this enzymatic activity in TMA diagnosis, a 20-month(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a lifethreatening illness whose mortality rate exceeds 90% in the absence of rapid appropriate treatment. Empirical plasmatherapy instituted in the 1970s has reduced the death rate to approximately 25% and both plasma infusions and plasma exchanges remain the only efficient treatments so far. TTP prevalence is(More)
Antibodies to heparin-PF4 (H-PF4) complexes have been tested and isotyped in 38 patients who developed severe heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (type II HIT). All patients had a platelet count <120x10(9)/1 or a reduction of > 30% of the initial value, occurring at least 5d after the onset of heparin. Thrombocytopenia, which rapidly reversed following the(More)
A new variant of von Willebrand disease (vWD) was identified by a new analytic method which characterizes the ability of plasma von Willebrand Factor (vWF) to bind to purified factor VIII (F.VIII). vWF was isolated from small amounts of plasma by immunoadsorption with a selected monoclonal antibody to vWF previously coated onto wells of microtitration(More)
One of the frequently proposed mechanisms for pregnancy losses refers to uteroplacental thrombosis. However the contribution of classical thrombotic risk factors remains questionable and, if real, does not account for a large number of pregnancy losses. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of circulating procoagulant microparticles, a new(More)