Katharina Albrecht

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The role of glucocorticoids in the regulation of apoptosis remains incongruous. Here, we demonstrate that corticosterone protects neurons from apoptosis by a mechanism involving the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21(Waf1/Cip1). In primary cortical neurons, corticosterone leads to a dose- and Akt-kinase-dependent upregulation with enhanced(More)
Mutations of the connexin 26 gene (GJB2) were studied in 365 apparently unrelated individuals with profound nonsyndromic, sensorineural hearing impairment from Ghana, West Africa. Among 121 mutated chromosomes found, 110 carried the previously described R143W mutation. A total of 6 novel mutations: L79P, V178A, R184Q, A197S, I203K, and L214P, were(More)
A systematic study was performed to examine the frequency of columbid circovirus (CoCV) infection in diseased young pigeons submitted for necropsy and its relevance to pigeon health. Existing diagnostic methods were compared. Among 176 diseased young pigeons examined, CoCV infection was detected in 83 cases using negative contrast electron microscopy.(More)
PR-1 genes are induced by various environmental stimuli such as pathogen attack or exposure of the plants to certain chemicals. To examine the regulation of these genes, the 5' flanking regions of the PR-la gene and of two PR-1 pseudogenes were joined by a transcriptional fusion to the Escherichia coli beta-glucuronidase (GUS) gene. These constructs were(More)
Diagnostic investigations in a large commercial flock of geese with a history of increased losses and runting, lead to the negative contrast electron microscopic detection of circovirus-like viruses in the lymphoreticular tissue in eight of nine selected geese with growth retardation. With the exception of a mild cloudiness of some air sacs, macroscopic(More)
OBJECTIVE The causal pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the parenchymal liquefaction of the septic spleen are still far from clear. The balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors, the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), is largely responsible for the remodelling of tissues. Deregulation of this balance is a(More)
A procedure is described which employs pepstatin-agarose for the affinity purification of either HIV-1 or HIV-2 protease from two similar recombinant E. coli constructs that were developed for the expression of these enzymes. HIV-2 protease was routinely expressed at much higher levels than the HIV-1 enzyme and pepstatin-agarose was the only chromatography(More)
Hydroxylation of norethisterone by a large number of fungi has been investigated. 1alpha-Hydroxy-, 6beta-hydroxy-, 10beta-hydroxy-, 10beta,11beta-dihydroxy-15alpha-and 15beta-hydroxy-derivatives were formed from norethisterone. The microbiological dehydrogenation of 10beta-hydroxy-norethisterone resulting in(More)