Gabriele Almer

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Mutations in the copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (mSOD1) gene are associated with a familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and their expression in transgenic mice produces an ALS-like syndrome. Recent observations suggest a role for inflammatory-related events in the progression and propagation of the neurodegenerative process in ALS.(More)
Mutation in superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), which is a cause of ALS, alters the folding patterns of this protein. Accumulation of misfolded mutant SOD1 might activate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathways. Here we show that transgenic mice expressing ALS-linked SOD1 mutants exhibit molecular alterations indicative of a recruitment of ER's signaling(More)
Mutations in copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) are associated with a familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and their expression in transgenic mice produces an ALS-like syndrome. Here we show that, during the course of the disease, the spinal cord of transgenic mice expressing mutant SOD1 (mSOD1) is the site not only of a progressive(More)
Levels of the potent pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) are elevated in postmortem spinal cords from patients with ALS, and inhibition of a key PGE(2)-synthesizing enzyme, cylcooxygenase-2, is neuroprotective in an in vitro model of ALS. The authors report that 82% of the patients with ALS studied had 2 to 10 times higher PGE(2) levels in CSF(More)
Sepsis causes lymphopenia which is inversely correlated with patient survival. The role of apoptosis-specific immune-activation and activation-induced cell-death in sepsis is incompletely understood. Fifteen septic patients and 20 healthy controls were included. T-cell proliferation was measured by [3H]thymidine uptake. Apoptosis and cell phenotype were(More)
OBJECTIVE To elucidate the role of cyclooxygenase-1 (Cox1) and prostaglandin E(2) in ALS neurodegeneration. METHODS Mutation in superoxide dismutase-1 is a cause of the fatal paralytic disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) in transgenic mice expressing an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-linked superoxide dismutase-1(More)
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