Rainer Wachtveitl

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BACKGROUND Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is thought to lead to fetal programming that in turn contributes to developmental changes of many organs postnatally. There is evidence that IUGR is a risk factor for the development of metabolic and cardiovascular disease later in life. A higher incidence of breast cancer was also observed after IUGR. This(More)
BACKGROUND Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) leads to low nephron number and higher incidence of renal disease. We hypothesized that IUGR induces early podocyte alterations based on a dysregulation of Wilms' tumour suppressor gene 1 (WT1), a key player of nephrogenesis and mediator of podocyte integrity. METHODS IUGR was induced in rats by maternal(More)
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in later life. Early structural and functional changes in the cardiovascular system after IUGR may contribute to its pathogenesis. We tested the hypothesis that IUGR leads to primary myocardial and vascular alterations before the onset of hypertension. A rat IUGR model of(More)
BACKGROUND Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Previous studies revealed altered myocardial matrix composition after IUGR. We hypothesized that IUGR is accompanied by compromised myocardial performance independently from arterial hypertension. METHODS IUGR was induced in Wistar rats by maternal(More)
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