Hendrik Franke

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Using a mathematical model of normal human granulopoiesis, the most important influences of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) on the regulation of white cell production can be quantified. G-CSF increases the blood neutrophils via three effects: reduction of the transit time of the postmitotic granulopoietic bone marrow cells; additional mitoses(More)
Micro-and macronodular experimental liver cirrhosis was induced in female rats by administration of 0.03% thioacetamide (TAA) in drinking water for 3 or 6 months, respectively. The glutathione (GSH) status (content, synthesis, export) and ultrastructural changes of liver were investigated 14 d after withdrawal of TAA. The hepatic level of GSH was increased(More)
To study the influence of diuretics on the tubuloglomerular feedback mechanism, early proximal stop-flow pressure (SFP) was measured during loop exposure to different drug concentrations. SFP was recorded continuously during arrested flow and at a perfusion rate of 50 nL/min. The perfusate consisted of isotonic saline, to which varying amounts of(More)
Human cyclic neutropenia (CN) is a rare haematological disorder characterized by regular fluctuation in the serial count of blood neutrophils. The oscillations occur at subnormal levels with a stable 3-week period. To reduce the risk of serious infections during the severe neutropenic nadir phases (< 0.25 x 10(9) neutrophils/l) patients are usually treated(More)
A technique is described for isolation of adult rat hepatocytes from micronodular cirrhotic livers based on a collagenase digestion procedure. Hepatocytes from normal livers and those chronically injured by thioacetamide did not differ with respect to the viability measured by the trypan blue exclusion test or to the cellular concentrations of protein and(More)
In female Wistar rats the animal model of TAA-induced liver cirrhosis has been tested for reliability and usefulness for studies on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in cirrhosis. From our results we draw the following conclusions: Application of 300 mg TAA/l drinking water from the 4th to the 6th month of life leads in all treated rats to liver cirrhosis(More)
Short-term exposure of isolated rat hepatocytes in suspension to a low dose of CCl4 (20 micrograms/ml) leads within minutes to characteristic structural alterations. The earliest reaction is a disappearance of the microvilli border 5 min after starting the incubation. After 10 min the number of Golgi VLDL is decreased by about 80% and reaches zero after 20(More)
Preincubation of rat visceral yolk sac with goat anti-rat placenta IgG and following incubation with 125I-HSA resulted in a reduction of the uptake of albumin by 30-50% in comparison with the controls. Inhibitors of respiration or glycolysis impair the ingestion of protein, likewise the reduction of the incubation temperature.