Katrin Mueller

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A major obstacle in defining the exact role of extracellular matrix (ECM) in stem cell niches is the lack of suitable in vitro methods that recapitulate complex ECM microenvironments. Here we describe a methodology that permits reliable anchorage of native cell-secreted ECM to culture carriers. We validated our approach by fabricating two types of human(More)
Intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) plays an important role in the transmigration of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) in sepsis. Moreover, the transmigration rate of leukocytes from the blood via endothelial adhesion molecules into tissues correlates with the severity of multi organ failure. We examined the effect of the deletion of the ICAM-1(More)
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS Hepcidin is an antimicrobial peptide and the central regulator of iron metabolism. Given that hepcidin was shown to be expressed in a variety of extrahepatic tissues and that stomach plays a role in iron absorption and in defence against infections, this study analysed the importance of hepcidin in the stomach. METHODS Expression and(More)
Recent evidence suggests that iron metabolism contributes to the ischemic damage after myocardial infarction. Hepcidin, a recently discovered peptide hormone, regulates iron uptake and metabolism, protecting the body from iron overload. In this study we analyzed the regulation of hepcidin in the heart and blood of rats after myocardial infarction. To induce(More)
INTRODUCTION Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) is thought to be involved in polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) recruitment and secondary organ damage in response to infection and inflammation. The precise role of ICAM-1 in disease progression is unknown and remains a topic of controversy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of(More)
Invasive aspergillosis remains a life-threatening complication in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Since CD4(+) T-cells provide a critical secondary defense against Aspergillus spp., the quantification of "functional" anti-Aspergillus T-cells might be important in the clinical care of allogeneic transplant patients. We present(More)
BACKGROUND Primary autosomal recessive microcephaly (MCPH) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that results in severe microcephaly at birth with pronounced reduction in brain volume, particularly of the neocortex, simplified cortical gyration and intellectual disability. Homozygous mutations in the Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 regulatory subunit-associated(More)
Protein detection is an important task for pharmaceutical and clinical research today. Numerous protein staining techniques exist but are limited regarding their sensitivity and often narrow linear quantification ranges. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first description of a novel class of lanthanide chelatators, which absorb in the lower energy(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepcidin is the central regulator of iron homeostasis and altered hepcidin signalling results in both hereditary and acquired iron overload. While the association between iron overload and development of end-stage liver disease is well established, the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. To improve that, we analysed hepcidin(More)
Issues on climate change have been recognized as serious challenges for regional sustainable development both at a global and local level. Given the background that most of the artificial carbon emissions are resulted from the energy consumption sector and the energy is also the key element resource for economic development, this paper investigated the(More)