Gereon Lauer

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Degradation of angiogenic mediators might be an underlying cause of chronic wounds. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the expression and integrity of vascular endothelial growth factor, a potent angiogenic mediator, and its receptors, Flt-1 and KDR, in chronic venous leg ulcerations. Immunohisto- chemical, in situ hybridization, and semiquantitative(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent angiogenic mediator in tissue repair. In non-healing human wounds plasmin cleaves and inactivates VEGF165. In the present study, we generated recombinant VEGF165 mutants resistant to plasmin proteolysis. Substitution of Arg110 with Ala110 or Gln110, and Ala111 with Pro111 yielded plasmin-resistant and(More)
Availability of human chondrocytes is a major limiting factor regarding drug discovery projects and tissue replacement therapies. As an alternative human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) from bone marrow are taken into consideration as they can differentiate along the chondrogenic lineage. However, it remains to be shown whether they could form a valid model(More)
OBJECTIVE The present cross sectional study was performed to test the hypothesis that in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee severity of this disease is related to local levels of inflammatory metabolites and their corresponding enzymes. METHODS From 41 patients with OA of the knee (age range 45-79 years) undergoing arthroscopy blood, synovial fluid (SF) and(More)
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