Markus Mezger

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The soluble core of catecholamine storage vesicles in the adrenal medulla contains high concentrations of the cations calcium (20 mM) and catecholamine (600 mM). Do these cations interact with the abundant vesicle core anionic proteins, the chromogranins? We investigated the binding of calcium and norepinephrine (NE) to bovine adrenal chromogranins by(More)
Chromogranin A is a soluble protein that is stored and released with catecholamines from their secretory vesicles. Its measurement is a probe of exocytotic sympathoadrenal activity, and in plasma it may also be a useful tool in the diagnosis of peptide producing endocrine neoplasms. Because we have found that chromogranin A is elevated in secondary (uremic)(More)
Patients after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (alloSCT) have an increased risk for invasive aspergillosis (IA). Here, recipients of an allograft with IA (n=81) or without IA (n=58) were screened for 84 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 18 immune relevant genes. We found 3 markers in chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10, 4q21, 11,101 C>T, P=.007;(More)
Monocytes play a major role in the cellular defence against Aspergillus fumigatus in immunocompromised patients. To obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in this interaction, phagocytosis and gene expression profiling of human monocytes was carried out after incubation with A. fumigatus resting, swollen and germinating conidia and hyphae(More)
Promoter variations in Toll-like receptor genes (n = 7) and genes encoding pathogen recognition and virus entry receptors (n = 7) were screened to detect any association with human cytomegalovirus (hCMV) reactivation and disease in patients following allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs735240, G>A; rs2287886, C>T) in(More)
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a heterogeneous group of inherited diseases characterized by the formation of blisters in the skin and mucosa. There is no cure or effective treatment for these potentially severe and fatal diseases. Over the past few years, several reports have proposed different molecular strategies as new therapeutic options for the(More)
Chemokines represent central players of the innate and adaptive immunity and are involved in the regulation of inflammatory events occurring during infectious complications or during graft vs. host disease (GvHD). Patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) are at a high risk for the development of acute GvHD or to suffer from fungal(More)
During microsomal metabolism of 14C-bromobenzene, radioactive material was irreversibly bound to microsomal protein. Although primary monooxygenation of aromatic hydrocarbons leads to the formation of reactive epoxides which may bind to protein, our results indicate that reactive intermediates formed via oxidation of the phenolic metabolites substantially(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. However, the pathophysiology of GvHD remains poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed the induction of Th17 cells by monocytes of patients with GvHD in vitro, demonstrating that monocytes isolated from patients with acute(More)
The Enhancer of split gene complex [E(spl)-C] of Drosophila melanogaster harbors seven highly related genes encoding transcriptional regulators with a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) domain. They are activated by the Notch signaling pathway in order to inhibit proneural gene activity, for example, during neurogenesis in the developing embryo. The E(spl)(More)