Franz Hermann Franken

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3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) stimulates the transporter-mediated release of monoamines, including 5-HT. High-dose exposure to MDMA causes persistent 5-HT deficits (e.g. depletion of brain 5-HT) in animals, yet the functional and clinical relevance of such deficits are poorly defined. Here we examine functional consequences of(More)
Improved prevention and treatment of drug addiction will require deeper understanding of genetic factors contributing to susceptibility to excessive drug use. Intravenous operant self-administration methods have greatly advanced understanding of behavioral traits related to addiction. However, these methods are not suitable for large-scale genetic(More)
A case report is given of a patient with intestinal nodular lymphoid hyperplasia, hypoimmunoglobulinemia and seronegative rheumatoid arthritis with extensive deformation of joints, who was diagnosed and followed for 10 years clinically and by repeated endoscopic and bioptic examinations. It could be shown for the first time by temporary omission of(More)
Melanosis coli is caused by deposits of malanin- or lipofuscin-containing pigments in the colon mucosa; it is a conspicuous sign of long standing abuse of anthrachinonic laxatives. Melanosis coli can be easily diagnosed during rectoscopy, using morphological as well as histological criteria; nevertheless this condition is often overlooked or goes unnoticed.(More)