Kathrin Staudacher

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Human K(2P) 3.1 (TASK1) channels represent potential targets for pharmacological management of atrial fibrillation. K(2P) channels control excitability by stabilizing membrane potential and by expediting repolarization. In the heart, inhibition of K(2P) currents by class III antiarrhythmic drugs results in action potential(More)
Cardiac side effects of antidepressant drugs are well recognized. Adverse effects precipitated by the tricyclic drug desipramine include prolonged QT intervals, torsade de pointes tachycardia, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. QT prolongation has been primarily attributed to acute blockade of hERG/I Kr currents. This study was designed to provide a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Two-pore-domain K(+) channels (K(2P) ) mediate K(+) background currents that modulate the membrane potential of excitable cells. K(2P) 18.1 (TWIK-related spinal cord K(+) channel) provides hyperpolarizing background currents in neurons. Recently, a dominant-negative loss-of-function mutation in K(2P) 18.1 has been implicated in(More)
AIMS The receptor for advanced glycation endproducts, RAGE, is a multiligand receptor and NF-κB activator leading to perpetuation of inflammation. We investigated whether and how RAGE is involved in mediation of anti-inflammatory properties of protein C. METHODS AND RESULTS We analyzed the effect of protein C on leukocyte adhesion and transmigration in(More)
OBJECTIVE There is increasing evidence supporting the role of platelets in atherosclerotic vascular disease. The G-protein-coupled receptor P2Y12 is a central mediator of platelet activation and aggregation but has also been linked to platelet-independent vascular disease. Ticagrelor is an oral P2Y12 antagonist that is used as a standard treatment in(More)
Glioblastoma (GB) is associated with poor patient survival owing to uncontrolled tumor proliferation and resistance to apoptosis. Human ether-a-go-go-related gene K(+) channels (hERG; Kv11.1, KCNH2) are expressed in multiple cancer cells including GB and control cell proliferation and death. We hypothesized that pharmacological targeting of hERG protein(More)
Potassium-selective ion channels regulate cardiac and neuronal excitability by stabilizing the resting membrane potential and by modulating shape and frequency of action potentials. The delicate control of membrane voltage requires structural and functional diversity of K+ channel subunits expressed in a given cell. Here we reveal a previously unrecognized(More)
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