Friederike Knerlich-Lukoschus

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Spinal cord injury (SCI) often results in intractable chronic central pain syndromes. Recently chemokines such as CCL2 were identified as possible key integrators of neuropathic pain and inflammation after peripheral nerve lesion. The focus of the current study was the investigation of time-dependent CCL2 and CCR2 expression in relation to central(More)
OBJECT Central neuropathic pain is a frequent challenging complication after spinal cord injury (SCI), and specific therapeutic approaches remain elusive. The purpose of the present investigations was to identify potential key mediators of these pain syndromes by analyzing detailed expression profiles of important chemokines in an experimental SCI paradigm(More)
Inflammatory cascades induced by spinal cord injuries (SCI) are localized in the white matter, a recognized neural stem- and progenitor-cell (NSPC) niche of the adult spinal cord. Chemokines, as integrators of these processes, might also be important determinants of this NSPC niche. CCL3/CCR1, CCL2/CCR2, and SDF-1alpha/CXCR4 were analyzed in the(More)
Previous studies have shown that glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family ligands (GFL) are potent survival factors for dopaminergic neurons and motoneurons with therapeutic potential for Parkinson's disease. However, little is known about direct influences of the GFL on microglia function, which are known to express part of the GDNF(More)
Due to their involvement in neuro-modulatory processes, the endogenous cannabinoid system and chemokine network, which were shown to interact which each other, are potential key elements in the cascades underlying central neuropathic pain development after spinal cord injury (SCI). Expression profiles of cannabinoid receptor type-1 (CB(1)), and of the(More)
The transmembrane chemokine CX3CL1 and its receptor CX3CR1 are thought to be involved in the trafficking of immune cells during an immune response and in the pathology of various human diseases including cancer. However, little is known about the expression and function of CX3CR1 in human glioma-infiltrating microglia/macrophages (GIMs), representing the(More)
D-myo-inositol-1,2,6-trisphosphate (IP3) is an isomer of the naturally occurring second messenger D-myo-inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate, and exerts anti-inflammatory and antiedematous effects in the lung. Myo-inositol (Inos) is a component of IP3, and is thought to play an important role in the prevention of neonatal pulmonary diseases such as bronchopulmonary(More)
Hypoxemic respiratory failure of the neonatal organism involves increased acid sphingomyelinase (aSMase) activity and production of ceramide, a second messenger of a pro-inflammatory pathway that promotes increased vascular permeability, surfactant alterations and alveolar epithelial apoptosis. We comparatively assessed the benefits of topical aSMase(More)
The existence of endogenous neural progenitor cells (NPCs) in the adult spinal cord (sc) provides the potential for tailored repair therapies after spinal cord injury (SCI). This study investigates the impact of inflammatory mediators on properties of NPC cultures derived from adult rats after SCI. The Infinite Horizon impactor was used to apply 200-kdyn(More)