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We report on 4 new cases of valvular heart disease in Parkinson's disease patients treated with the ergot derivative dopamine agonists pergolide and cabergoline. Noninflammatory fibrotic degeneration of cardiac valves has been reported to occur in patients with carcinoid syndrome and to occasionally complicate therapies with the anti-migraine ergot alkaloid(More)
RATIONALE Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare, usually autosomal recessive, genetic disorder characterized by ciliary dysfunction, sino-pulmonary disease, and situs inversus. Disease-causing mutations have been reported in DNAI1 and DNAH5 encoding outer dynein arm (ODA) proteins of cilia. OBJECTIVES We analyzed DNAI1 to identify disease-causing(More)
Doxorubicin (DOX) and its daunosamine-modified derivative, 2-pyrrolino-DOX, which is 500-1000 times more active than DOX, were incorporated into agonistic and antagonistic analogs of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH). The conjugation of DOX with LH-RH analogs was performed by using N-(9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl)-DOX-14-O-hemiglutarate, a(More)
RATIONALE Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is characterized by recurrent airway infections and randomization of left-right body asymmetry. To date, autosomal recessive mutations have only been identified in a small number of patients involving DNAI1 and DNAH5, which encode outer dynein arm components. METHODS We screened 109 white PCD families originating(More)
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by chronic infections of the upper and lower airways, randomization of left/right body asymmetry, and reduced fertility. The phenotype results from dysfunction of motile cilia of the respiratory epithelium, at the embryonic node and of sperm flagella. Ultrastructural(More)
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by chronic destructive airway disease and randomization of left/right body asymmetry. Males often have reduced fertility due to impaired sperm tail function. The complex PCD phenotype results from dysfunction of cilia of the airways and the embryonic node and the(More)
OBJECTIVES Most patients with anti-NMDA receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis have intrathecal synthesis of antibodies, which cause a decrease of cell surface and synaptic NMDAR. Antibodies are immunoglobulin G (IgG)1 and IgG3 subtypes and can potentially activate complement. We examined whether complement immunoreactivity and antibody-secreting cells (plasma(More)
PURPOSE To characterise the prevalence of pathogenic germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 in families with breast cancer (BC) and ovarian cancer (OC) history. PATIENTS AND METHODS Data from 21 401 families were gathered between 1996 and 2014 in a clinical setting in the German Consortium for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, comprising full pedigrees(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its receptors (EGFR) play important roles in tumorigenesis. In various experimental cancers, treatment with antagonists of bombesin/gastrin-releasing peptide (BN/GRP) produces a reduction in EGFRs, concomitant to inhibition of tumor growth. To investigate the mechanisms involved, we monitored concentrations of BN/GRP(More)
Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) is an uncommon, mostly sporadic, neurodegenerative disorder [1], typically characterized by the so-called corticobasal syndrome (CBS), a term that refers to the association of progressive asymmetrical parkinsonism and features of cortical dysfunction. Due to the low prevalence of this disorder, large clinical and pathological(More)