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An improved chemiluminescence-based RNA/DNA detection procedure offering a widely applicable alternative to the conventional 32P labeling employed in molecular biology is described. Even highly sensitive applications such as Northern blot analysis of low-copy RNAs are shown to be feasible now without radioactive labeling. Improved quality of nonradioactive(More)
AIM Our objective was to test the hypothesis that the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes increases with increasing regional deprivation even after controlling for individual socio-economic status. METHODS We pooled cross-sectional data from five German population-based studies. The data set contained information on n = 11,688 study participants (men 50.1%)(More)
High lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) serum concentrations and the underlying apolipoprotein(a) (apo(a)) phenotypes are risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the general population as well as in patients with renal disease. Lp(a) concentrations are markedly elevated in patients with end-stage renal disease. However, nothing is known about the changes of Lp(a)(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the correlation of MRI and [(18)F]FDG-PET scans with the clinical course and inflammatory markers in patients with aortitis. METHODS Eight patients with aortitis presenting with unspecific GCA-like symptoms were examined. Aortitis was diagnosed and followed up by [(18)F]FDG-PET and MRI. The aorta was divided into three vascular(More)
The renal excretion of arylamines in occupationally exposed and nonexposed subjects was measured by a gas chromatography-electron capture detector method. Additionally, in the occupationally exposed persons hemoglobin adduct levels of arylamines were determined by a liquid chromatography-electrochemical detector method, together with the individual(More)
Reports of spontaneous regressions of metastases and the demonstration of tumor-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes indicate the importance of the host's immune system in controlling the devastating course of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Recent research indicates that immunization with hybrids of tumor and antigen presenting cells results in protective(More)
Peripheral lymphocyte DNA damage as measured by the method of alkaline filter elution and the frequency of sister chromatid exchange (SCE) in lymphocytes was investigated for a group of 20 female workers of a shoemaking plant who were exposed to benzene and toluene, primarily below the German threshold limit value of 5 and 100 p.p.m. respectively; the(More)
A cDNA coding for a Na+-dicarboxylate cotransporter, fNaDC-3, from winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) kidney was isolated by functional expression in Xenopus laevis oocytes. The fNaDC-3 cDNA is 2384 nucleotides long and encodes a protein of 601 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 66.4 kDa. Secondary structure analysis predicts at(More)
AIM In Germany, regional data on the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes mellitus are lacking for health-care planning and detection of risk factors associated with this disease. We analysed regional variations in the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and treatment with antidiabetic agents. METHODS Data of subjects aged 45-74 years from five regional(More)
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) protect kidneys from acute ischemic damage. The aim of this study was to identify "treatment parameters" that optimize an EPC-based therapy of acute ischemic renal failure. Male C57BL/6N mice underwent unilateral nephrectomy with simultaneous contralateral renal artery clamping for 30, 35, and 40 min. Tagged murine EPCs(More)