Martina Dressen

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The generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has successfully been achieved in many species. However, the identification of truly reprogrammed iPS cells still remains laborious and the detection of pluripotency markers requires fixation of cells in most cases. Here, we report an approach with nanoparticles carrying Cy3-labeled sense(More)
The consortium 'Chlorochromatium aggregatum' currently represents the most highly developed interspecific association between prokaryotes. It consists of green sulfur bacteria, so-called epibionts, which surround a central, motile, chemotrophic bacterium. Four putative symbiosis genes of the epibiont were recovered by suppression subtractive hybridization(More)
Vertebrate heart development is strictly regulated by temporal and spatial expression of growth and transcription factors (TFs). We analyzed nine TFs, selected by in silico analysis of an Nkx2.5 enhancer, for their ability to transactivate the respective enhancer element that drives, specifically, expression of genes in cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs). Mzf1(More)
BACKGROUND The radial artery (RA) is known as an atherosclerosis-prone vessel in contrast to the atherosclerosis-resistant internal thoracic artery (ITA). The purpose of the present study was to compare the gene expression profile of these arteries from the same patient in order to identify genes involved in atherogenesis or intimal hyperplasia. METHODS(More)
MESP1 represents an essential transcription factor to guarantee coordinated cardiac development. The expression of MESP1 is thought to be the first sign that a cell has been committed to the cardiac lineage. We analyzed the coding sequence of MESP1 in 215 patients with congenital heart disease. Our results show that the sequence of exon 1 is highly variable(More)
In many cases congenital heart disease (CHD) is represented by a complex phenotype and an array of several functional and morphological cardiac disorders. These malformations will be briefly summarized in the first part focusing on two severe CHD phenotypes, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). In most cases of CHD the(More)
The reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) has successfully been performed in different mammalian species including mouse, rat, human, pig and others. The verification of iPS clones mainly relies on the detection of the endogenous expression of different pluripotency genes. These genes mostly represent transcription factors(More)
BACKGROUND The Holt-Oram syndrome (HOS) is an autosomal dominant disorder affecting 1/100.000 live births. It is defined by upper limb anomalies and congenital heart defects with variable severity. We describe a dramatic phenotype of a male, 15-month-old patient being investigated for strict diagnostic criteria of HOS. METHODS AND RESULTS Genetic analysis(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of infant death, affecting approximately 4-14 live births per 1,000. Although surgical techniques and interventions have improved significantly, a large number of infants still face poor clinical outcomes. MicroRNAs (miRs) are known to coordinately regulate cardiac development and stimulate pathological(More)
Fibroblasts are cells with a structural function, synthesizing components of the extracellular matrix. They are accordingly associated with various forms of connective tissue. During cardiac development fibroblasts originate from different sources. Most derive from the epicardium, some derive from the endocardium, and a small population derives from the(More)
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