Florentine C Moazedi-Fuerst

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OBJECTIVES The usefulness of transthoracic ultrasound in the evaluation of lung diseases has been highlighted in the past decades. The aim of our study is to determine the diagnostic value of lung ultrasound in the detection of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in patients with a rheumatic disease. Furthermore, we studied the possible correlation between the(More)
In systemic sclerosis patients, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension are highly associated with mortality. The time point of detecting manifestations like pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease (ILD) is of vital importance. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) to date is the gold standard to diagnose ILD. In addition, an(More)
OBJECTIVES As interstitial lung disease (ILD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is associated with increased mortality due to loss of diffusion capacity and pulmonary hypertension, regular screening for structural abnormalities of the lung is advised. In addition to standard radiological examination with computed x-ray tomography, ultrasound of the lung(More)
The development of osteoarthritis (OA) depends on genetic and environmental factors, which influence the biology of the chondrocyte via epigenetic regulation. Changes within the epigenome might lead the way to discovery of new pathogenetic pathways. We performed a genome-wide methylation screening to identify potential differences between paired mild and(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disease that primarily attacks joints and is therefore a common cause of chronic disability and articular destruction. The hyperplastic growth of RA-fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) and their resistance against apoptosis are considered pathological hallmarks of RA. The natural antioxidant(More)
OBJECTIVE The lipid mediator sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is found in the synovial fluid of osteoarthritis (OA) patients. S1P protects bovine cartilage by counteracting the effects of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). This study was undertaken to examine the interaction of S1P and IL-1β in human OA chondrocytes. METHODS Human cartilage was obtained from patients(More)
Formation of chondrocyte clusters is not only a morphological sign of osteoarthritis but it is also observed in cell culture. Active locomotion of chondrocytes is controlled by integrins in vitro. Integrins bind to Laminin-A4 (LAMA4), a protein that is highly expressed in vivo in clusters of hypertrophic chondrocytes. We tested if LAMA4 is relevant for(More)
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