Karl-Heinz Rothenberger

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Patients with pemphigus foliaceus (PF) have blisters on skin, but not mucous membranes, whereas patients with pemphigus vulgaris (PV) develop blisters on mucous membranes and/or skin. PF and PV blisters are due to loss of keratinocyte cell-cell adhesion in the superficial and deep epidermis, respectively. PF autoantibodies are directed against desmoglein(More)
Little is known about the function of desmosomes in the normal structure and function of hair. Therefore, it was surprising that mice without desmoglein 3 (the autoantigen in pemphigus vulgaris) not only developed mucous membrane and skin lesions like pemphigus patients, but also developed hair loss. Analysis of this phenotype indicated that hair was normal(More)
PURPOSE To present the current status of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with respect to transferability, learning curve, and outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS The data of 5824 patients who underwent LRP in 18 centers by 50 urologists from March 1999 to August 2004 were analyzed retrospectively. Three centers(More)
Catenins, a family of structurally related proteins, are involved in epidermal keratinocyte cell-cell adhesion by interacting through their central Armadillo repeats with the intracellular domains of cadherins, transmembrane components of the adhesion junctions. p120ctn is a catenin expressed in different isoforms due to alternative splicing and multiple(More)
Periplakin, a member of the plakin family of proteins, has been recently characterized by cDNA cloning, and the corresponding gene, PPL, has been mapped to human chromosome 16p13.3 (Aho et al., 1998, Genomics 48: 242-247). Periplakin has also been shown to serve as an autoantigen in a malignancy-associated autoimmune blistering disease, paraneoplastic(More)
PURPOSE Endoscopy done under fluorescence induced by 5-aminolevulinic acid has proved to be a procedure with high sensitivity for detecting transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. In this multicenter, parallel group, phase III study we compared 5-aminolevulinic acid fluorescence endoscopy guided transurethral bladder resection with transurethral bladder(More)
OBJECTIVES In penile carcinoma, the most reliable staging method for lymph node involvement remains radical dissection with its associated high morbidity. However, the patient's prognosis is closely associated with lymph node status, and radical dissection is potentially curative. We report our experience with surgical lymph node staging and evaluate which(More)
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