Klaus-Cl. Becker

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The aim of this study was to characterize the receptor subtype involved in cardiac effects of prostanoids. For this purpose we determined in neonatal and adult rat cardiomyocytes effects of prostanoids on inositol phosphate (InsP)-formation (assessed as accumulation of total [(3)H]-InsP's in myo-[(3)H]-inositol pre-labelled cells) and on rate of protein(More)
The impact of early emotional experience on the development of serotonergic and dopaminergic fiber innervation of the nucleus accumbens, hippocampal formation and the amygdala was quantitatively investigated in the precocious rodent Octodon degus. Two animal groups were compared: 1) degus which were repeatedly separated from their parents during the first(More)
The effects of dietary conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor--Bay g 5421--on tissue lipid concentrations and fatty acid composition were investigated in male broiler chicks fed a low-protein diet. The trial comprised six isoenergetic broiler diets. One diet (high-protein diet) was used as a control diet and contained 230 g crude(More)
1. Angiotensin II (AII) and the endothelins (ET) are known to be potent trophic stimuli in various cells including cardiomyocytes. In order to characterize further these effects we studied, in neonatal rat ventricular cardiomyocytes, the effects of several endothelin-receptor antagonists and the AT1-receptor antagonist losartan on AII- and(More)
The M1 muscarinic receptor antagonist pirenzepine in low doses decreases resting heart rate; this effect declines with age (Poller, U., G. Nedelka, J. Radke, K. Pönicke, and O.-E. Brodde. 1997. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 29:187-193). To study possible mechanisms underlying this effect, we assessed (a) in six young (26 yr old) and six older volunteers (61 yr(More)
LoVo adenocarcinoma cells are fairly sensitive to cytostatic drugs, e.g. doxorubicin, but can develop drug resistance by expression of a P-glycoprotein-mediated MDR1 phenotype. LoVo cells respond with apoptosis to nanomolar concentrations of okadaic acid and micromolar concentrations of cantharidic acid. Interestingly, LoVoDx cells which had become about(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether cardiac beta-adrenergic effects may be blunted in patients on maintenance hemodialysis (HD) and may help to explain autonomic dysfunction. BACKGROUND Patients on HD often suffer from autonomic dysfunction. METHODS We investigated the cardiovascular response of five HD patients (age:(More)
This study investigated the metabolism of alpha-linolenic acid and the formation of eicosanoids in rats fed diets with three different dietary fats (30 g/kg diet): either a conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) preparation with a high concentration of cis-9, trans-11 CLA (32.2 g/100 g) and trans-10, cis-12 CLA (33.3 g/100 g) and a low concentration of linoleic(More)
Specific inhibitors of serine/threonine phosphatases like okadaic acid can induce apoptotic cell death in the pancreatic beta cell line HIT. Cultivation in stepwise increased concentrations of okadaic acid enabled the isolation of HIT100R cells which proliferate at 100 nM okadaic acid (8 - 10 times the initially lethal concentration). These two cell lines(More)
40 fetuses taken from 10 litters on day 50, 60 fetuses taken from 15 litters on day 105 of the respective pregnancies and 6 newly born piglets taken from 3 litters were analyzed for dry matter, total N, amino acids, fat, energy and 5 major minerals. As compared to the amounts found at birth, on day 50 about 3 per cent of the Na and K and less than 2 per(More)