Karin Wernig

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Drug delivery to the brain is severely restricted by formation of tight junctions between adjacent brain capillary endothelial cells (BCEC). In the present study we have evaluated the effects of protamine-oligonucleotide nanoparticles (proticles) on the functional properties of primary porcine BCEC and characterized uptake and transcytosis of proticles by(More)
The receptors for vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), VPAC1-, VPAC2-, and PAC1-receptor are overexpressed by various tumor cells. VIP can target these receptors and transport conjugates into the cell. However, the use of VIP for tumor cell targeting is hampered by the peptides short half-lives due to enzymatic degradation. Because protamine-based(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis is a leading cause of mortality in the Western world, and plaque diagnosis is still a challenge in cardiovascular medicine. The main focus of this study was to make atherosclerotic plaques visible using targeted nanoparticles for improved imaging. Today various biomarkers are known to be involved in the pathophysiologic scenario(More)
Drug delivery of protein and peptide-based drugs, which represent a growing and important therapeutic class, is hampered by these drugs' very short half-lives. High susceptibility towards enzymatic degradation necessitates frequent drug administration followed by poor adherence to therapy. Among these drugs is vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), a potent(More)
The development of nanomedicines for improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases is pushing current analytical methods to their limits. More efficient, quantitative high-throughput screening methods are needed to guide the optimization of promising nanoparticulate drug delivery formulations. In response to this need, we present herein a novel approach(More)
Complexes of β-cylodextrin with five nucleotides of adenine (A), thymine (T) guanine (G), cytosine (C), and 5-methylcytosine have been investigated using Hatree-Fock (HF) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations of different quality. This work was inspired by recent technological advances made in single-molecule sequencing of DNA. One molecule of(More)
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