Michael A. Winkler

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Everolimus 1.5 or 3 mg/day was compared with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) 2 g/day in a randomized, multicenter 36-month trial in de novo renal allograft recipients (n = 588) receiving cyclosporine microemulsion (CsA) and corticosteroids. The study was double-blind until all patients had completed 12 months, then open-label. By 36 months, graft loss occurred(More)
During the last decade, hepatocyte transplantation has been suggested as a safe and potentially effective clinical option for the treatment of acute or decompensating chronic liver failure as well as for hereditary liver disease. Currently, one of the major limiting factors for clinical application is the insufficient access to suitable liver cell(More)
BACKGROUND Partial correction of metabolic liver disease by hepatocyte transplantation requires infusion of a large number of cells into the portal vein. Uncontrolled infusion of cells leads to extrahepatic shunting. Obstruction of the sinusoidal space may result in hemodynamic changes and impairment of liver function. METHODS Catheters connected to a(More)
BACKGROUND The major immunological hurdle to successful porcine-to-human xenotransplantation is the acute vascular rejection (AVR), characterized by endothelial cell (EC) activation and perturbation of coagulation. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and its derivatives have anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory effects and protect against reactive oxygen species,(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to characterize the steady-state pharmacokinetics of everolimus and cyclosporine (INN, ciclosporin) when coadministered in de novo kidney allograft recipients during the first year after transplantation. METHOD This study was a multicenter randomized double-blind study of 101 patients who were randomly assigned 1:1:1 to receive(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic treatment options for postsurgical intrathoracic leaks include injection of fibrin glue, clip application, and stent placement. Endoscopic vacuum-assisted closure (E-VAC) may be an effective treatment option. OBJECTIVE To demonstrate that E-VAC is an effective endoscopic treatment option for closure of major intrathoracic(More)
It has been suggested that in multifocal prostate cancer (PCa), focal therapy to the largest (index) lesion is sufficient, because secondary non-index lesions are unlikely to contribute to disease progression. In this study, the role of PCa focality in selecting men for focal therapy was evaluated. A histopathological analysis of the index and non-index(More)
MicroRNAs are powerful gene expression regulators, but their corneal repertoire and potential changes in corneal diseases remain unknown. Our purpose was to identify miRNAs altered in the human diabetic cornea by microarray analysis, and to examine their effects on wound healing in cultured telomerase-immortalized human corneal epithelial cells (HCEC) in(More)
Acute myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death are more common on Mondays than other days of the week. The stress of returning to work at the beginning of the week has been postulated as a possible trigger factor. This project examined the weekly variation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of nontraumatic origin for the entire case series as well as(More)