Hermann Stammer

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Telomerase- and telomere length regulation in normal human tissues is still poorly understood. We show here that telomerase is expressed in the epidermis in situ independent of age but was repressed upon the passaging of keratinocytes in monolayer culture. However, when keratinocytes were grown in organotypic cultures (OTCs), telomerase was re-established,(More)
Apoptosis is induced in various tumor cell lines by vector-dependent overexpression of the conserved gene C1D that encodes a DNA-binding and DNA-PK-activating protein. C1D is physiologically expressed in 50 human tissues tested, which points to its basic cellular function. The expression of this gene must be tightly regulated because elevated levels of C1D(More)
The cDNA encoding the centrosomal protein CCD41 is identical with the cDNA for the endothelial cell protein C receptor. This finding is not due to an artefact, e.g. caused by selection of false positive clones. The segment of the CCD41 cDNA encoding the protein originally termed CCD41 and deletion mutants of it were fused with the nucleotide sequence(More)
The 5' region of the gene encoding the human 16 kDa DNA-binding and apoptosis-inducing C1D protein was analysed for promoter activity. Sections of this region were cloned into a promoterless vector containing the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) as reporter gene. Expressed EGFP was estimated in transfected cells by quantitative fluorescence(More)
A 56-kDa protein isolated from the mucus of the European sea hare Aplysia punctata shows a prefer ential toxicity to autonomously growing transformed mammalian cells. Cell death induced by this protein differs from both apoptosis and necrosis. The cytotoxic effects are irreversible and become apparent at nanomolar concentrations in a cell type-dependent(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) shortens with age and short LTL has been associated with increased mortality and increased risk for some age-related outcomes. This study aims to analyse the associations of smoking habits with LTL and rate of LTL change per year in older adults. METHODS LTL was measured by quantitative PCR at baseline in(More)
The identification of a gene encoding concomitantly a nuclear protein and an intrinsic centrosomal protein further emphasizes the close and presumably developmental relationship between the cell nucleus and the centrosome. Screening of a murine RNA-based cDNA library with an antiserum to a centrosomal protein and rescreening with the insert of an initial(More)
Polypeptides remaining tightly associated with isolated genomic DNA are of interest with respect to their potential involvement in the topological organization and/or function of genomic DNA. Such residual DNA-polypeptide complexes were used for raising monoclonal antibodies by in vitro immunization. Screening of a murine lambdagt11 cDNA library with these(More)
Both telomere length and frailty were observed to be associated with aging. Whether and to what extent telomere length is related to frailty is essentially unknown. In this cross-sectional analysis of baseline data of 3537 community-dwelling adults aged 50 to 75 years of a large German cohort study, we assessed the hypothesis that shorter telomere length(More)
Proteases and their inhibitors are indispensable for the regulated activation and/or degradation of structural and functional proteins involved in basic cellular processes, e.g. in cell cycle control, cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis. In this context the serine protease inhibitors derived from the murine Spi-1, Spi-2 and Spi-3 genes, and their(More)