Harald H. Tillmanns

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BACKGROUND Serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is the reference standard for evaluating left ventricular function, wall motion, and infarct size in patients with acute myocardial infarction, as well as remodeling during follow-up. The cardiac CMR substudy of the randomized multicenter REPAIR-AMI trial (Reinfusion of Enriched Progenitor cells And(More)
AIMS Nitric oxide (NO) plays a protective role during atherogenesis. In the endothelium, NO is synthesised by the constitutive NO synthase (ecNOS). We analysed the relation of the ecNOS Glu(298)Asp and 4a/b gene polymorphisms to coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI) in a population of 3250 German subjects (533 healthy controls and(More)
BACKGROUND The platelet membrane glycoprotein IIb/IIIa functions as a receptor for fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor during platelet aggregation. In a small case-control study, evidence has been presented that the PlA2 allele of the platelet glycoprotein GPIIIa PlA/A2 gene polymorphism might be an independent risk factor for acute myocardial infarction(More)
Recent findings suggest that inflammation plays a role in atherosclerosis and its acute complications. Cellular response in infections with Gram-negative bacteria is mediated by bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which activates monocytes to expression of cytokines, growth factors, and procoagulatory factors via LPS receptor CD14. Endothelial cells and(More)
BACKGROUND Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) plasma levels have been shown to be elevated in diseases related to endothelial dysfunction such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, and others. It has been shown that ADMA predicts cardiovascular mortality in patients who have coronary heart disease (CHD). However, the question whether ADMA is(More)
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is linked with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, possibly through an enhancement of atherosclerotic vascular changes. Up to now, however, only a few studies have tried to evaluate the occurrence of atherosclerosis in patients with OSA. In the present study, ultrasonography of the large extracranial vessels was(More)
BACKGROUND An insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene has been postulated to be associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS AND RESULTS In the present study, the effects of I/D gene polymorphism and of ACE activity on CAD and MI were investigated(More)
BACKGROUND Most recently, evidence has been presented that the NADH/NADPH oxidase p22 phox C242T, but not the A640G gene polymorphism is associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed the relationships of both p22 phox gene polymorphisms to CAD in 2205 male Caucasians whose coronary anatomy was defined by(More)
The G534E polymorphism (Marburg I [MI]) of factor VII-activating protease (FSAP) is associated with carotid stenosis and cardiovascular disease. We have previously demonstrated that FSAP is present in atherosclerotic plaques and it is a potent inhibitor of vascular smooth muscle proliferation and migration in vitro. The effect of wild-type (WT)- and MI-FSAP(More)
The Del allele of the apolipoprotein B (apoB) signal peptide (SP) insertion/deletion (Ins/Del) polymorphism has been shown to be associated with elevated plasma levels of apoB, cholesterol and low density lipoprotein. It was the aim of the present study to analyse the relation of this gene variation to the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and of(More)