Kai Helge Becker

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We investigated accessory cell function, antigen (Ag) trafficking, and uptake of immune complexes in isolated nasal epithelial cells (NEC) and airway epithelial cells (AEC), as well as in the two respiratory epithelial cell lines A549 and BEAS-2B. The NEC and AEC were capable of supporting Ag-specific as well as phytohemagglutinin-induced and anti-CD3(More)
The impact of early emotional experience on the development of serotonergic and dopaminergic fiber innervation of the nucleus accumbens, hippocampal formation and the amygdala was quantitatively investigated in the precocious rodent Octodon degus. Two animal groups were compared: 1) degus which were repeatedly separated from their parents during the first(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels are increased. We studied whether the cardiac ET-receptor system is altered in CHF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS We assessed ET-evoked inositol phosphate (IP) formation in slices from right atria and left ventricles from 6 potential heart transplant donors (NFH) and(More)
T lymphocytes modulate the pulmonary inflammatory response. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clonality within the interstitial lung and peripheral blood T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire in smokers. Interstitial T lymphocytes were isolated from surplus tissue of 16 patients (63 +/- 9 [+/- SD] yr old, 11 male) undergoing surgery due to lung cancer (n(More)
In vivo and in vitro (static incubation and perifusion) procedures were used to examine the role of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) in growth hormone (GH) feedback. An alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, clonidine (CLON; 2 x 10(-8) M in vitro or 30 micrograms/ml/kg body weight i.v. in vivo), which mimics the hypothalamic mechanism triggering GH release, was(More)
This study investigates the development of sexually dimorphic sensitivity of the GH system to alpha 2-adrenergic stimulation and GH feedback in the rat. Sensitivity to alpha 2-adrenergic stimulation was tested with clonidine (CLN, an alpha 2-adrenergic agonist) which stimulates GH release in the adult male rat. Feedback was examined by testing whether human(More)
This study presents a novel, in vitro, hypothalamic-dispersed pituitary co-perifusion system (HPPS) developed to examine the influence of the hypothalamus on pituitary growth hormone (GH) secretion in a controlled environment. In this perifusion system, dispersed rat pituitary cells were loaded onto Biogel P-2 (P-2) beads in a 0.5-ml plexiglas chamber and(More)
T lymphocytes modulate the pulmonary inflammatory response. Aim of this study was to evaluate the clonality within the interstitial lung and peripheral blood T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire in smokers. Interstitial T lymphocytes were isolated from surplus tissue of 16 pts. (63±9 (±SD) yrs., 11 male) undergoing surgery due to lung cancer (n=15) or(More)