Heidi Koegel

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Mast cells have been implicated in various diseases that are accompanied by neovascularization. The exact mechanisms by which mast cells might mediate an angiogenic response, however, are unclear and therefore, we have investigated the possible expression of vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular permeability factor (VEGF/VPF) in the human mast cell(More)
The transcription factor serum response factor (SRF) plays a crucial role in the development of several organs. However, its role in the skin has not been explored. Here, we show that keratinocytes in normal human and mouse skin expressed high levels of SRF but that SRF expression was strongly downregulated in the hyperproliferative epidermis of wounded and(More)
Regulated cell proliferation is a crucial prerequisite for Schwann cells to achieve myelination in development and regeneration. In the present study, we have investigated the function of the cell cycle inhibitors p21 and p16 as potential regulators of Schwann cell proliferation, using p21- or p16-deficient mice. We report that both inhibitors are required(More)
In whole-cell recordings from HaCaT keratinocytes, ATP, bradykinin, and histamine caused a biphasic change of the membrane potential consisting of an initial transient depolarization, followed by a pronounced and long-lasting hyperpolarization. Flash photolysis of caged IP3 mimicked the agonist-induced voltage response, suggesting that intracellular Ca2+(More)
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is an important regulator of growth, survival, and differentiation in many tissues. It is produced in several isoforms that differ in their N-terminal signal peptide and C-terminal extension peptide. The locally acting isoform of IGF-1 (mIGF-1) was previously shown to enhance the regeneration of both muscle and heart. In(More)
BACKGROUND There is a major discrepancy between the in vitro and in vivo results regarding the role of beta1 integrins in the maintenance of epidermal stem/progenitor cells. Studies of mice with skin-specific ablation of beta1 integrins suggested that epidermis can form and be maintained in their absence, while in vitro data have shown a fundamental role(More)
The chemokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) mediates infiltration and adhesion of neutrophils during inflammatory processes. We have previously shown that this cytokine can be produced and released by normal and leukemic human mast cells (HMC-1 cells). To assess whether and to what extent this cytokine is stored intracellularly, we investigated production and(More)
Activin is a growth and differentiation factor that controls development and repair of several tissues and organs. Transgenic mice overexpressing activin in the skin were characterized by strongly enhanced wound healing, but also by excessive scarring. In this study, we explored the consequences of targeted activation of activin in the epidermis and hair(More)
We used a combination of electrophysiological and cell and molecular biological techniques to study the regulation and functional role of the intermediate conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel, hIK1, in HaCaT keratinocytes. When we incubated cells with the hIK1 opener, 1-ethyl-2-benzimidazolinone (1-EBIO), to investigate the cellular consequences of(More)
Recent evidence suggests that changes in membrane potential influence the proliferation and differentiation of keratinocytes. To further elucidate the role of changes in membrane potential for their biological fate, the electrical behavior of keratinocytes needs to be studied under complex conditions such as multilayered cultures. However,(More)