Norbert W Lutz

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Our objective was to identify and quantify phospholipids in milk from different species (human HM, cow CoM, camel CaM, and mare MM) using an optimised (31)P NMR spectroscopy procedure. The phospholipid fingerprints were species-specific with a broader variety of classes found in HM and MM; HM and CaM were richer in sphingomyelin (78.3 and 117.5μg/ml) and(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, manifests itself in numerous forms and stages. A number of brain metabolic alterations have been reported for MS patients vs. control subjects. However, metabolite profiles of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are not consistent among the published MS studies, most probably(More)
BACKGROUND Rett syndrome (RS) is the leading cause of profound mental retardation of genetic origin in girls. Since RS is mostly caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene, transgenic animal models such as the Mecp2-deleted ("Mecp2-null") mouse have been employed to study neurological symptoms and brain function. However, an interdisciplinary approach drawing(More)
High resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a non-destructive analytical method which allows rapid and simultaneous detection of molecules involved in intermediary and oxidative metabolic pathways. We developed a protocol suitable for routine MRS analysis of lyophilized CSF samples. This procedure guarantees sample(More)
The hypothesis that brain mitochondria are directly affected in several phenotypes associated with disordered oxidative phosphorylation was tested using phosphorus 31 (31P) magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Abnormal phosphorylation potentials in skeletal muscle have been demonstrated by 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy in patients with mitochondrial(More)
Dexamethasone-treated WEHI7.2 mouse thymoma cells readily undergo apoptosis. WEHI7.2 variants that overexpress catalase (CAT38) or Bcl-2 (Hb12) show a delay or lack of apoptosis, respectively, when treated with dexamethasone. This is accompanied by a delay or lack of cytochrome c release from the mitochondria suggesting that alterations in the signaling(More)
The ability of lipid-soluble nitroxides to suppress selectively the peaks of lipid resonances in 31P, 1H, and 13C NMR spectra was investigated in serum as part of studies aimed at using these contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy in vivo. Nitroxides are especially interesting potential contrast agents because(More)
We present an investigation of tumor pH regulation, designed to support a new anticancer therapy concept that we had previously proposed. Our study uses a tumor model of ras-transformed hamster fibroblasts, CCL39, xenografted in the thighs of nude mice. We demonstrate, for the first time, that genetic modifications of specific mechanisms of proton(More)
KTCTL-26 and KTCTL-2 are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) lines with high and lowexpression of P-170 glycoprotein, respectively. Inherent differences between the two cell lines in terms of phosphate metabolites and growth characteristics in culture were examined for possible association with multidrug resistance (MDR). Differences in response to drug treatment(More)
Glucocorticoids induce apoptosis in lymphocytes by causing the release of cytochrome c into the cytosol; however, the events in the signaling phase between translocation of the steroid-receptor complex to the nucleus and the release of cytochrome c have not been elucidated. Previously, we found that, in response to steroid treatment, WEHI7.2 mouse thymic(More)