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Neurotrophins and their receptors play a key role in neurogenesis and survival. However, we and others have recently obtained evidence for a potential involvement of this receptor system in leukemia. To investigate mechanisms underlying the leukemogenic potential of activated neurotrophin receptor signaling, we analyzed in vivo leukemogenesis mediated by(More)
Low prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle is associated with reduced sensorimotor gating found in schizophrenia. In rats with breeding-induced low PPI neuregulin (NRG1) methylation was significantly decreased in brain regions associated with this phenotype and with schizophrenia, i.e., the medial prefrontal cortex, the nucleus accumbens, and the ventral(More)
Neurotrophins (NTs) and their receptors play a key role in neurogenesis and survival. The TRK (tropomyosin-related kinase) receptor protein tyrosine kinases (TRKA, TRKB, TRKC) are high-affinity NT receptors that are expressed in a variety of human tissues. Their role in normal and malignant hematopoiesis is poorly understood. In a prospective study(More)
Insertion sites of replication-deficient retroviral vectors may trigger clonal dominance of hematopoietic cells in vivo. Here, we tested whether this would also be the case when using vectors that express powerful oncogenes, such as the large tumor antigen (TAg) of simian virus 40. TAg inactivates the tumor-suppressor proteins p53 and Rb by virtue of a(More)
The neurotrophic growth factor brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was linked to the risk of alcohol relapse in clinical studies. In this study we investigated alterations in the methylation of the BDNF gene during alcohol withdrawal (day 1, 7 and 14) in 99 male alcohol-dependent patients compared to age matched healthy males (n=33). In particular, we(More)
We investigated the serum levels of IL-6 and TNF-α in 30 male alcohol-dependent patients during withdrawal (day 1, 7, and 14) and compared them with the levels obtained from 18 healthy male controls. IL-6 (day 1: T = 2,593, p = 0.013; day 7: T = 2,315, p = 0.037; day 14: T = 1,650, p = 0.112) serum levels were significantly increased at the beginning of(More)
Major questions of neurological and psychiatric mechanisms involve the brain functions on a molecular level and cannot be easily addressed due to limitations in access to tissue samples. Post mortem studies are able to partly bridge the gap between brain tissue research retrieved from animal trials and the information derived from peripheral analysis (e.g.,(More)
Disturbances of volume-regulating peptides like vasopressin (AVP) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) have been described in early abstinent alcohol-dependent patients. In a longitudinal approach, we investigated whether changes in AVP and ANP serum levels correlated to cytosine-phosphatidyl-guanine (CpG) methylation of the respective gene promoters on(More)
Asymmetric di-methylarginine, an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, is increasingly recognized as vascular risk factor. Elevated ADMA levels have been described not only in 'typical' vascular diseases like congestive heart failure, artherosclerosis and diabetes but also for major depression and Alzheimer's disease. As homocysteine increases ADMA(More)
Outbred rat lines such as Wistar rats are commonly used for models of depressive disorders. Such rats arise from random mating schedules. Hence, genetic drift occurs in outbred populations which could lead to genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity between rats from different vendors. Additionally, vendor specific rearing conditions could contribute to(More)