Martin Johannes Bek

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Dopamine is an important transmitter in the CNS and PNS, critically regulating numerous neuropsychiatric and physiological functions. These actions of dopamine are mediated by five distinct receptor subtypes. Of these receptors, probably the least understood in terms of physiological functions is the D5 receptor subtype. To better understand the role of the(More)
Podocyte injury is a central mechanism in the pathogenesis of proteinuria. Prostaglandin E 2 (PGE 2) has been suggested to protect podocytes from cellular injury. Here we investigated whether PGE 2-induced gene expression accounts for the protective role of PGE 2 in podocytes. Using a suppressive-subtractive hybridization method, we isolated a(More)
Experimental and clinical studies impressively demonstrate that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) significantly reduce proteinuria and retard progression of glomerular disease. The underlying intraglomerular mechanisms are not yet fully elucidated. As podocyte injury constitutes a critical step in the(More)
Podocytes are the most differentiated cell types in the glomerulus, which have been assumed to participate in the regulation of the ultrafiltration coefficient K(f). In podocytes in vivo and in vitro vasoactive agonists, such as angiotensin II and acetylcholine, increase the free cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration via a release of Ca(2+) from intracellular(More)
INTRODUCTION To evaluate the cause of methemoglobinemia in patients undergoing extended daily hemodialysis/hemodiafiltration we analyzed the relationship between methemoglobinemia and the water disinfection schedule of the hospital. METHODS We reviewed all arterial blood gas analyses, obtained over a one-year period, in patients undergoing extended(More)
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