Kerstin M Hofmann

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Numerous treatments have been reported to provide a beneficial outcome in experimental animal stroke models; however, these treatments (with the exception of tissue plasminogen activator) have failed in clinical trials. To improve the translation of treatment efficacy from bench to bedside, we have performed a preclinical randomized controlled multicenter(More)
Experimental simulator studies are frequently performed to evaluate wear behavior in total knee replacement. It is vital that the simulation conditions match the physiological situation as closely as possible. To date, few experimental wear studies have examined the effects of joint laxity on wear and joint kinematics and the absence of the anterior(More)
In two Spanish barley landraces with outstanding resistance to scald, the Rrs1 Rh4 locus was fine mapped including all known markers used in previous studies and closely linked markers were developed. Scald, caused by Rhynchosporium commune, is one of the most prevalent barley diseases worldwide. A search for new resistance sources revealed that Spanish(More)
The decision to provide antiretroviral therapy to HIV-positive patients mainly depends on the CD4(+) T-cell count, with therapy indicated at a cut-off value of <350-200 CD4(+) T cells/microl blood. Monitoring patients is still a major problem in countries with limited resources where blood samples often have to be transported over long distances to regional(More)
Unicondylar knee arthroplasty is an attractive alternative to total knee arthroplasty for selected patients with osteoarthritis. Mobile bearing knee designs have been developed to improve knee kinematics, lower contact stresses and reduced wear of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene compared with fixed bearing designs. This study compared in vitro wear(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Acute brain injuries induce a systemic immune depression syndrome (SIDS) that predisposes patients to bacterial infections. While cellular compartments of this syndrome have been well characterized, the contribution of humoral immune mechanisms and particularly immunoglobulins to SIDS has not been investigated so far. METHODS We(More)
Motivated by decreasing foliar phosphorus (P) concentrations in Fagus sylvatica L. forests, we studied P recycling depending on P fertilization in mesocosms with juvenile trees and soils of two contrasting F. sylvatica L. forests in a greenhouse. We hypothesized that forests with low soil P availability are better adapted to recycle P than forests with high(More)
Laser-accelerated particles are a promising option for radiation therapy of cancer by potentially combining a compact, cost-efficient treatment unit with the physical advantages of charged particle beams. To design such a treatment unit we consider different dose delivery schemes and analyze the necessary devices in the required particle beam line for each(More)
BACKGROUND Knee wear simulator studies are performed to evaluate the wear behavior of implants. These wear studies simulate in vivo situations as closely as possible. Simulation of the human gait cycle is often carried out continuously according to international standards. However, implants are not loaded continuously in vivo, so it might be advisable to(More)
BACKGROUND In the second generation of the point-of-care (POC) assay Roche CARDIAC proBNP, the upper limit of the measuring range was extended from 3000 to 9000 ng/L. METHODS A thirteen-site multicentre evaluation was carried out to assess the analytical performance of the POC NT-proBNP assay and to compare it with a laboratory N-terminal pro-brain(More)