Peter Burfeind

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Blood coagulation is thought to be initiated by plasma protease factor VIIa in complex with the membrane protein tissue factor. In contrast, coagulation factor XII (FXII)-mediated fibrin formation is not believed to play an important role for coagulation in vivo. We used FXII-deficient mice to study the contributions of FXII to thrombus formation in vivo.(More)
Townes-Brocks syndrome (TBS) is an autosomal dominantly inherited malformation syndrome characterized by anal, renal, limb, and ear anomalies. Recently, we showed that mutations in the putative zinc finger transcription factor gene SALL1 cause TBS. To determine the spectrum of SALL1 mutations and to investigate the genotype-phenotype correlations in TBS, we(More)
Analysis of cDNA clones that cross-hybridized with the fork head domain of the rat HNF-3 gene family revealed 10 cDNAs from human fetal brain and human testis cDNA libraries containing this highly conserved DNA-binding domain. Three of these cDNAs (HFK1, HFK2, and HFK3) were further analyzed. The cDNA HFK1 has a length of 2557 nucleotides and shows strong(More)
Protamines are low molecular weight, highly basic nuclear proteins involved in the condensation of sperm chromatin. cDNA clones for human protamine 1 and 2 (PRM1 and PRM2) were used for Northern blot experiments with RNA from different human tissues. Protamine transcripts, 0.6 kb and 0.9 kb in lengths for PRM1 and PRM2, respectively, were detected only in(More)
To identify new genes that could be involved in the differentiation and function of male germ cells, we have screened a murine testis cDNA library and isolated a clone that was named Tep22. The gene encoding Tep22 consists of three exons and is localized in the telomeric region of mouse chromosome 12. Expression analyses with RNA from different adult(More)
The Znf131/ZNF131 protein belongs to the superfamily of POK proteins containing a BTB/POZ domain in its N-terminal part and 5 typical C2H2 zinc fingers and an additional C2HC zinc finger structure in its C-terminal region. In mouse and human two alternatively spliced transcripts are expressed from the Znf131/ZNF131 gene, resulting from intraexonic splicing.(More)
Formation of fibrin is critical for limiting blood loss at a site of blood vessel injury (hemostasis), but may also contribute to vascular thrombosis. Hereditary deficiency of factor XII (FXII), the protease that triggers the intrinsic pathway of coagulation in vitro, is not associated with spontaneous or excessive injury-related bleeding, indicating FXII(More)
Activated mast cells trigger edema in allergic and inflammatory disease. We report a paracrine mechanism by which mast cell-released heparin increases vascular permeability in vivo. Heparin activated the protease factor XII, which initiates bradykinin formation in plasma. Targeting factor XII or kinin B2 receptors abolished heparin-triggered(More)
In order to analyze differential gene expression of putative prostate tumor markers we compared the expression levels of >400 cancer-related genes using the cDNA array technique in a set of prostate tumors and matched normal prostate tissues. Up-regulated expression of mammary tumor 8 kDa protein (MAT-8), complement component C1S (C1S), ferritin heavy chain(More)
Recently, deregulated expression of the anti-apoptotic protein Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) has been shown in several human cancers. In this report, we show that BI-1 is expressed at various levels in six different human breast cancer cell lines. In order to investigate the function of BI-1 in oestrogen-dependent MCF-7, T-47D and oestrogen-independent MDA-MB-231(More)