Michael B. Fischer

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Platelet-rich plasma is currently promoted to serve as an adjuvant for bone grafts to enhance quantity and quality of newly forming bone; however, the underlying cellular mechanisms are not fully understood. We show here that supernatants of leukocyte-depleted thrombin-activated platelets increase migration and proliferation, and decrease osteogenic(More)
Findings suggest that mesenchymal progenitor cells can support the process of blood vessel formation, which may be relevant during granulation tissue formation at defect sites. The aim of this study was to investigate possible mechanisms of the angiogenic process that can be stimulated by mesenchymal progenitor cells. In the in vivo-like model of the chick(More)
The aim of this in vitro study was to determine whether the sinus mucosa holds cells with an osteogenic potential. Frozen sections of sinus mucosa from three adult pigs were investigated for the expression of STRO-1, a marker of mesenchymal progenitor cells, and alkaline phosphatase activity, an enzyme expressed by cells committed to the osteogenic lineage(More)
INTRODUCTION Motility-related protein (MRP)-1/CD9 is implicated in cell adhesion and motility and was shown to be clearly involved in tumor prognosis and angiogenesis. Elevated MRP-1/CD9 expression on tumor cells has been linked to a favorable prognosis in breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and HNSCC. Because MRP-1/CD9 is associated with(More)
The presence of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in the peripheral blood of cancer patients has been described for various solid tumors and their clinical relevance has been shown. CTC detection based on the analysis of epithelial antigens might be hampered by the genetic heterogeneity of the primary tumor and loss of epithelial antigens. Therefore, we aimed(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS VEGF proteins and their receptors are involved in tumor vessel neoformation. The third VEGF receptor, VEGFR3 (flt-4) is important during both blood vessel development and lymphatic vessel formation. Because HNSCC preferentially metastasizes to regional lymph nodes, we investigated the expression of VEGFR3 and its ligand VEGF-C in head(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is contained by T-lymphocyte responses focused towards the major tegument protein pp65. To systematically identify T-cell epitopes, we applied the following strategy: 441 overlapping 15mer peptides spanning the entire HCMV pp65 antigen in 1-aa steps were screened in enzyme-linked immunospot (ELispot) assays for interferon gamma(More)
Both bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and growth factors released from activated platelets both occur at sites of bone regeneration but their functional relationship to regulate the temporal and spatial sequence of cellular events is not well defined. Here we investigated whether supernatants derived from activated platelets can modulate the response of(More)
Oxidation-specific epitopes (OSEs) present on apoptotic cells and oxidized low density lipoprotein (OxLDL) represent danger-associated molecular patterns that are recognized by different arcs of innate immunity, including natural IgM antibodies. Here, we investigated whether circulating microparticles (MPs), which are small membrane vesicles released by(More)
The neovascularization of tissues is accomplished by two distinct processes: de novo formation of blood vessels through the assembly of progenitor cells during early prenatal development (vasculogenesis), and expansion of a pre-existing vascular network by endothelial cell sprouting (angiogenesis), the main mechanism of blood vessel growth in postnatal(More)