Monika Dietz

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Fear extinction is defined as the attenuation of a conditioned-fear memory by re-exposing animals to the conditioned stimulus without the aversive stimulus. This process is known to be effectively enhanced via administration of D-cycloserine (DCS), a partial NMDA-receptor agonist. However, other glutamatergic mechanisms, such as interference with(More)
Growing evidence supports a role for the central nervous system (CNS) neurotransmitter L-glutamate and its metabotropic receptors (mGluRs) in drug addiction in general and alcohol-use disorders in particular. Alcohol dependence, for instance, has a genetic component, and the recent discovery that variations in the gene coding for mGluR7 modulate alcohol(More)
Human rIL-2 (10-30 micrograms) was injected intradermally into the skin of patients with lepromatous leprosy with high bacillary loads. All patients responded to the lymphokine with local areas of induration that peaked at 24 h and persisted for 4-7 d irrespective of whether the site was "normal skin" or a nodular lesion. Within 24 h there was an extensive(More)
The absorption of chondroitin sulphate (CSA) has been investigated in rabbits after the oral administration of a single dose of 100 mg of CSA per kg of body weight. The oral dose was administered as a lipid suspension or in enteric capsules. No absorption of CSA could be demonstrated. Oral administration did not cause the release of a clearing factor into(More)
Three patients with disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis received three intranodular injections of 10 micrograms of recombinant interleukin 2 (rIL-2) at 48-h intervals. After 7 and 14 days, 4-mm punch biopsies were taken of control and injected nodules and processed for histology, electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, and parasite culture. Control sites(More)
Infections with cytomegalovirus (CMV) can cause severe disease in immunosuppressed patients and infected newborns. Innate as well as cellular and humoral adaptive immune effector functions contribute to the control of CMV in immunocompetent individuals. None of the innate or adaptive immune functions are essential for virus control, however. Expansion of γδ(More)
We characterized several aspects of spontaneous regression of lymphocytic leukemia in mice. The disease, induced by the helper murine leukemia virus (MuLV) component obtained from the regressing Friend virus complex (RFV), was characterized by spleen and lymph node enlargement, thymus involvement, and anemia. Leukemia regression occurred in about 25% of(More)
The spontaneous regression of the erythroleukemia induced by the regressing Friend murine leukemia virus (F-MuLV) complex was inhibited by irradiation of the animals prior to F-MuLV inoculation. This inhibition was proportional to the dose of radiation used. Treatment of the mice with the bone-seeking isotope 89Sr also inhibited erythroleukemia regression,(More)