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CA 125 has been found in high concentrations in human amniotic fluid throughout gestation, with significant quantities seen in the decidua and chorion. Because disruption of the epithelial basement membrane of the fetal membrane or the decidua could theoretically lead to a rise in maternal CA 125 levels, this increase may be a predictor of subsequent(More)
Primary osteoporosis is an age-related disease characterized by an imbalance in bone homeostasis. While the resorptive aspect of the disease has been studied intensely, less is known about the anabolic part of the syndrome or presumptive deficiencies in bone regeneration. Multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are the primary source of osteogenic(More)
Bone mass homeostasis is regulated by an interaction of various factors, including growth factors, systemic hormones and mechanical loading. Two signal transduction pathways, the estrogen receptor (ER) and the Wnt/beta-catenin signal transduction pathway, have been shown to have an important role in regulating osteoblast and osteoclast function and to be(More)
The aminobisphosphonate zoledronic acid (ZA) is a bone seeking specific inhibitor of protein farnesylation and geranylgeranylation, which causes inhibition of osteoclast function and apoptosis. It is widely used as an osteoclast targeted antiresorptive treatment of metastatic bone disease, Paget's disease and osteoporosis. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and(More)
Three women with very elevated, early-first-trimester CA 125 levels spontaneously aborted but not until later in the first trimester or early in the second trimester. All three products of conception showed chromosomal abnormalities. Further investigation is warranted to see if high CA 125 levels might be predictive of abnormal karyotypes.
Besides numerous other factors, fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) signaling is involved in fracture healing and bone remodeling. FGF23 is a phosphatonin produced by osteoblastic cells, which signals via FGFR1, thereby exerting effects in bone and kidney. We analyzed if serum FGF23 levels might be an indicator to predict fracture healing and union.(More)
Mechanical forces are translated into biochemical signals and contribute to cell differentiation and phenotype maintenance. Mesenchymal stem cells and their tissue-specific offspring, as osteoblasts and chondrocytes, cells of cardiovascular tissues and lung cells are sensitive to mechanical loading but molecules and mechanisms involved have to be unraveled.(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS To date there are only very few data available on the ligamentogenic differentiation capacity of mesenchymal stromal/progenitor cells (MSC) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) fibroblasts. METHODS We describe the in vitro potential of MSC and ACL cells to undergo ligamentogenic differentiation upon transduction with adenoviral vectors(More)
Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare disease caused by loss-of-function mutations in the tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP, TNSALP) gene. HPP causes a multisystemic syndrome with a predominant bone phenotype. The clinical spectrum ranges from high lethality in early onset (<6 months) HPP to mild late-onset syndromes. HPP management so far has been(More)