Harald D. Rupprecht

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Because of its availability, ease of collection, and correlation with physiology and pathology, urine is an attractive source for clinical proteomics/peptidomics. However, the lack of comparable data sets from large cohorts has greatly hindered the development of clinical proteomics. Here, we report the establishment of a reproducible, high resolution(More)
BACKGROUND Nitric oxide (NO) exerts complex regulatory actions on mesangial cell (MC) biology, such as inhibition of proliferation, adhesion or contractility and induction of apoptosis. In our previous studies the NO-donor S-nitroso-glutathione (GSNO) was found to be a potent inhibitor of MC growth. This effect was mediated at least in part by inhibitory(More)
BACKGROUND Proteomics applied in large scale may provide a useful diagnostic tool. METHODS We developed an online combination of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry, allowing fast and sensitive evaluation of polypeptides found in body fluids. Utilizing this technology, polypeptide patterns from urine are established within 45 minutes. About(More)
BACKGROUND IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common chronic glomerular disease in adults. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) develops in about 30% of the patients. Early intervention and consequent therapy may prevent or at least delay the development of ESRD in these patients. Up to now, the diagnosis could only be achieved with a renal biopsy. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND The anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides are a group of heterogeneous diseases. This study was undertaken to investigate the outcome of Wegener's granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and renal-limited vasculitis (RLV). Furthermore, we analysed the differences in patients with proteinase 3-ANCA(More)
The phenotypic alteration of interstitial fibroblasts into 'myofibroblasts', acquiring characteristics of both fibroblasts and smooth muscle cells is a key event in the formation of tubulointerstitial fibrosis. The up-regulation of the early growth response gene 1 (Egr-1) preceded the increased interstitial expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin(More)
During inflammatory processes of the kidney, lesions of the glomerulus lead to aggregation of thrombocytes and infiltration of macrophages, which can release bioactive mediators. One of these important signalling molecules is lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). Incubation of rat mesangial cells with LPA induced mRNA and protein expression of the early-response(More)
Bacterial LPS has diverse effects on the function of immune cells, in general, and macrophages, in particular. The intracellular molecular events that mediate the effects of LPS are unclear. We undertook a series of studies in thioglycollate-elicited murine peritoneal macrophages to evaluate the effect of LPS on expression of Egr-1, a member of the(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) has been implicated in the process of mesangial cell (MC) proliferation in vitro and in vivo. To investigate early changes in gene expression that couple biochemical events with changes in phenotype in PDGF-stimulated cultured MC, we studied expression of the early growth response gene 1 (Egr-1), a member of the family(More)