Frank K. Gehring

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Monitoring of blood coagulation and fibrinolysis is an important issue in treatment of patients with cardiovascular problems and in surgery when blood gets into contact with artificial surfaces. In this work a new method for measuring the coagulation time (prothrombin time, PT) of human whole-blood samples based on a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM)(More)
Monitoring of the haemostasis status is significant for proper therapeutic directions and decisions in surgery and innate coagulation disorders. In this regard, to gain a general overview of the plasmatic coagulation, prothrombin time (PT) tests are frequently combined with tests for activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). For aPTT we report for the(More)
The objective of this study was to establish a new test system for the monitoring of platelet aggregation during extracorporeal circulation (ECC) procedures. Even though extensive progress has been made in improving the haemocompatibility of extracorporeal circulation devices, activation of blood coagulation, blood platelets and inflammatory responses are(More)
An important virulence mechanism of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is cytoadhesion, the binding of infected erythrocytes to endothelial cells in the second half of asexual blood stage development. Conventional methods to investigate adhesion of infected erythrocytes are mostly performed under static conditions, many are based on manual or(More)
The determination of fibrinogen levels is one of the most important coagulation measurements in medicine. It plays a crucial part in diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, often associated with time-critical conditions. The commonly used measurement is the Clauss fibrinogen assay (CFA) where plasma is activated by thrombin reagent and which is conducted by(More)
We present a fast, robust and straightforward spin force assisted surface imprinting approach for activated platelets and demonstrate that Heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) platelet aggregation can be measured by this approach. A critical and challenging step in functional assays for HIT is platelet separation from the healthy donor's platelet-rich(More)
QCM-D is a surface-sensitive technique for real-time monitoring of biolayers on surfaces with regard to adsorption and desorption, molecular interactions and structural properties. To date, this old-established technique is employed for studies of cellular processes, both, in nanotechnology and cell biology. Interactions among molecules, cells or between(More)
The reliability of implantable blood sensors is often hampered by unspecific adsorption of plasma proteins and blood cells. This not only leads to a loss of sensor signal over time, but can also result in undesired host vs. graft reactions. Within this study we evaluated the hemocompatibility of isocyanate conjugated star shaped polytheylene(More)
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