Guenter Goerz

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We report the effect of UVA irradiation on collagen metabolism of fibroblasts, including both synthesis of the collagen degrading enzyme collagenase and de novo synthesis of type I collagen as the major structural component of the dermis. For this purpose confluent fibroblast monolayers were irradiated under standardized conditions (5, 15, 35, 60 J/cm2(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses exogenously administered or endogenously formed photosensitizers activated by light to induce cell death via formation of singlet oxygen and other free radicals. Photodynamic therapy is increasingly used for the treatment of skin cancers and other indications. The efficacy of PDT depends on the structure of the(More)
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) results from profoundly deficient activity of the fourth enzyme of the haeme biosynthetic pathway, uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROIIIS). CEP is a rare, recessively inherited disorder, and mutations in the UROIIIS gene detected in CEP patients are heterogeneous. The notable exception to this rule is a single(More)
Sunlight is a well-established factor in the induction and exacerbation of lupus erythematosus. Although experimental reproduction of lupus erythematosus lesions with wavelengths shorter than 320 nm was demonstrated previously, the effect of wavelengths longer than 320 nm was not investigated adequately. In this study we show that the action spectrum of(More)
Systemically, as opposed to topically, administered 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is of increasing interest for photodynamic therapy (PDT) because of more selective and more homogeneous accumulation of porphyrins in neoplastic tissues. This study investigates the profile and the time course of porphyrin metabolites in various tissues following intravenous(More)
Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) can be divided into two genetically determined (hereditary) forms and one acquired type. Hereditary PCT is due to an inborn deficiency of the uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase activity in all tissues. The homozygote defect (porphyria hepatoerythropoetica) involves reduced enzyme activity down to nearly 5%, whereas the hemizygote(More)
Sera from 101 patients with progressive systemic scleroderma were analyzed for circulating aminopropeptides of type III collagen using a radioimmunoassay which measures the intact and degraded forms (Fab assay). About 41% of the patients were found to have values above the normal range. A good correlation was observed between elevated levels of(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) with topically applied 5-aminolaevulinic acid (5-ALA) is increasingly used for treating tumours. The efficacy of topical PDT is limited to superficial and initial tumours. The topically applied doses of 5-ALA vary from 0.02 to 7.0 g per session according to the type of lesion. There are no studies on the influence of topically(More)
Schönlein-Henoch purpura is characterized by palpable purpura, colicky abdominal pain, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, arthralgias, and renal involvement. Bacterial and viral infections, as well as drugs and diseases associated with immune complexes, are thought to be responsible. We describe the case of a 21-year-old woman with Schönlein-Henoch purpura and(More)