Jan Dressler

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The evaluation of the short tandem repeat (STR) markers DXS10079, DXS10074 and DXS10075 was amended to establish a STR cluster spanning a genetic distance<1 cM. These three STRs are located within a 280-kb region at Xq12 and provide stable haplotypes useful for solving complex kinship cases. Theoretically, this cluster could give rise to 2,548 different(More)
Samples of different tissues were preserved in seven fixatives for periods of time extending from 1 to 336 days, to determine which fixatives reduce the time-dependent degradation of DNA and preserve the histological structure. To achieve these results, three PCR systems were used: FGA and TC11 (both for nuclear DNA) and HV1 for mitochondrial DNA (mt-DNA).(More)
Five cases were found with sequence variation in the primer binding region of the highly polymorphic STR system SE33 used in the German genetic database. This variation can produce homozygote mistyping because of failed primer binding. We calculated a variation rate of 0.0022 (0.0006–0.0056) that could lead to complications in database matching. To avoid(More)
Postmortem analysis of relevant biomarkers might aid in characterizing causes of death and survival times in legal medicine. However, there are still no sufficiently established results of practical postmortem biochemical investigations in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The two biomarkers--S100 protein subunit B (S100B) and neuronal specific enolase(More)
Gene expression of specific brain biomarkers offers the possibility of shedding light on the difficult molecular pathways of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may be useful to estimate the age of trauma. Gene expression rates of cerebellar injuries are not yet sufficiently established. In 12 cases (mean age 42 years) of TBI including a pathological change in(More)
The forensic diagnosis of cardiac contusion has hitherto been based mainly on anamnesis, concomitant thoracic injuries and the detection of macroscopic changes to the heart. Parallel histological and serological investigations of the heart-specific troponins have been conducted with varying results. This paper aims to show whether heart-specific troponins(More)
The aim of the study was to characterize the vitality and age of skin wounds by the detection of selectins. A prospective study was conducted for this purpose in which 197 vital human skin wounds (time since injury ranging from 3 min to 790 days) were investigated immunohistologically. Of the samples tested, 97 were taken from autopsy material and 100 from(More)
To establish reliable methods to aid the timing of brain damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tissue from 56 autopsy cases with TBI and known survival times, ranging from a few minutes to 126 days, were tested for apoptotic changes to the neuronal and glial cells. Apoptosis was established using the TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labelling (TUNEL)(More)
Proper CNS function depends on concerted expression of thousands of genes in a controlled and timely manner. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in humans results in neuronal death and neurological dysfunction, which might be mediated by altered expression of several genes. By employing a CNS-specific GeneChip and real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the(More)
It is well known that under physiological conditions, the Tg molecule is the substrate for the hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine. Its function outside the thyroid gland is unknown. Under certain pathologic conditions, an increase in Tg concentrations in the blood can occur, a phenomenon that is used in the clinical diagnosis of certain thyroid(More)