Gerhard Bjoern Stark

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Detection of lymphatic endothelal cells (LECs) has been problematic because of the lack of specific markers. The homeobox transcription factor Prox1 is expressed in LECs of murine and avian embryos. We have studied expression of Prox1 in human tissues with immunofluorescence. In 19-wk-old human fetuses, Prox1 and vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
BACKGROUND The relevance of the dissociation of circulating pentameric C-reactive protein (pCRP) to its monomeric subunits (mCRP) is poorly understood. We investigated the role of conformational C-reactive protein changes in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified mCRP in inflamed human striated muscle, human atherosclerotic plaque, and infarcted(More)
Multiple cell-cell interactions control bone morphogenesis and vascularization. We have employed a spheroidal coculture system of endothelial cells (EC) and osteoblasts (OB) to study cell contact-dependent gene regulation between these two cell types that may play a role in regulating OB differentiation and EC angiogenic properties. Coculture spheroids(More)
Although a myriad of original articles is published annually in plastic surgical journals, assessment of the level of evidence-based medicine has rarely been conducted. A hand search was conducted identifying randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials in 3 plastic surgical journals from 1990-2005. The quality of reporting was(More)
Neovascularization represents an important issue in tissue-engineering applications, since survival of implanted cells strongly relies on sufficient oxygen and nutrient supply. We have recently observed that human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) support neovessel formation originating from coimplanted endothelial cells (ECs) in vivo,(More)
Synovial sarcoma account for approximately 10 % of all soft-tissue tumors and occur most frequently in young adults. A specific translocation in this sarcoma induces fusion of the SYT gene on chromosome 18 to the SSX genes on chromosome X, leading to proliferation of the tumor cells. The need for non-invasive biomarkers indicating recurrence and activity of(More)
Our experience using the low volume titanium mini-fragment system ”Profile Titan” is presented retrospectively. The system contains self-tapping miniscrews with countersinking heads and very small adaptable plates with rounded edges. The study consists of 53 patients who underwent osteosynthesis, arthrodesis, or corrective osteotomy of the hand skeleton(More)
A volume-persistent culture of adipose tissue under in vivo conditions can be achieved only by early vascularization after cell transplantation. Cotransplantation of autologous preadipocytes with endothelial cells may enable the early formation of a capillary network. Investigations were performed in vivo in a specially adapted chorioallantoic membrane(More)
As the use of ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) increases, the technique grows more popular in breast surgery, especially in reduction mammaplasty and treatment of gynecomastia. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of UAL on breast tissue using histological examinations, and analyze the effect of this technique on a cellular level.(More)
The complexity of the angiogenic cascade limits cellular approaches to studying angiogenic endothelial cells (ECs). In turn, in vivo assays do not allow the analysis of the distinct cellular behavior of ECs during angiogenesis. Here we show that ECs can be grafted as spheroids into a matrix to give rise to a complex three-dimensional network of human(More)