Jens Martin Beck

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BACKGROUND The analysis of exhaled breath condensate may provide valuable insights into inflammatory and other metabolic processes of the lungs. However, its collection by active exhalation with conventional methods is cumbersome, demands a substantial level of co-operation with high motivation and is very difficult or impossible in children younger than(More)
BACKGROUND Analysis of exhaled breath condensate may provide new insights into pulmonary inflammatory processes. A new collection method via suction of nasally expired air especially suitable for younger children was presented recently. Here we compare this nasal suction method with the more widely used oral collection method regarding the amount of(More)
Orally exhaled nitric oxide (ENO) correlates with several variables of airway inflammation and might be useful to direct asthma therapy. If this is true, ENO should correlate with disease severity and the therapeutic decisions made. - In 74 children with allergic asthma (age 9.7 years, range 4-16) disease severity was determined by history, clinical(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical produced by the lungs which can easily be measured in exhaled air. NO may serve as a non-invasive marker for airway inflammation in chronic inflammatory diseases like asthma. However in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and severe airway involvemen normal or low levels of NO have been reported. To investigate this(More)
The uptake of natural lung surfactant into differentiated type II cells may be used for the targeted delivery of other molecules. The fluorescent anion pyranine [hydroxypyren-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid, sodium salt (HPTS)] was incorporated into a bovine surfactant labeled with [3H]dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine ([3H]DPPC). The uptake of [3H]DPPC and of HPTS(More)
The violin virtuoso Paganini died at Nice in 1840 after a long, severe illness. It is undisputed that Paganini was treated with mercury for suspected syphilis and lost all his teeth in 1828 because of that treatment. In the comprehensive literature published on this topic, most authors assume that the terminal complaints and his death were caused by(More)
Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, the principal phospholipid component of surfactant, inhibits agonist stimulated surfactant secretion whereas dioleoylphosphatidylcholine does not. As knowledge of the type of interaction of phosphatidylcholines is important for the detailed analysis of surfactant homeostasis, this was examined in isolated rat type II(More)
To better understand the interaction of phosphatidylcholine liposomes with lung type II cells, their association with rat type II pneumocytes in primary culture was investigated. With a filtration assay technique free and cellularly bound liposomes were separated and an apparent binding site with a Bmax of 171 nmol/mg protein and a Kd of 470 nmol/l was(More)
Inorganic arsenic (i-As) is a known human carcinogen; however, humans continue to be exposed to i-As in drinking water and in certain occupational settings. In this study, we used the Comet assay to evaluate DNA damage in the somatic cells of workers from three Polish copper smelters who were occupationally exposed to i-As. Blood samples were collected from(More)
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