Rebekka Fischer

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Ischemic cardiomyopathy is one of the main causes of death, which may be prevented by stem cell-based therapies. SDF-1alpha is the major chemokine attracting stem cells to the heart. Since SDF-1alpha is cleaved and inactivated by CD26/dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-IV), we established a therapeutic concept--applicable to ischemic disorders in general--by(More)
BACKGROUND G-CSF based stem cell mobilization and stabilization of cardiac SDF-1 by DPP-IV-inhibition (dual stem cell therapy) improve heart function and survival after myocardial infarction. However, it is barely understood whether this new approach acts specifically through the SDF-1/CXCR4 axis, stimulation of resident cardiac stem cells and improved(More)
In recent publications we have demonstrated that laparoscopic electrocautery of the ovarian surface (LEOS) is an effective method to reduce serum androgen concentrations, normalizing ovarian cycle length and the ovarian reaction to hormonal stimulation therapy in anovulatory patients with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). In this paper we show that these(More)
Induction of ovulation by gonadotrophins is one of the major developments in the treatment of infertility in the second half of the 20th century. Today, it is the treatment of choice for Ͼ40% of infertile women suffering from ovulatory failure. In addition, extracorporeal fertilization techniques, primarily in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate a non-invasive method for measuring myocardial perfusion defect size in mice using a clinical single-photon emission computed tomography system equipped with pinhole collimators (pinhole SPECT). Thirty days after ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, 13 mice (C57BL/6J) were imaged following(More)
BACKGROUND Leukocyte attack (LA) and the triggered reactive proliferation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are key events for the development of early atherosclerosis and restenosis. In the present study, we used a 3D human coronary in vitro model of LA (3DLA model) to examine the effect of high-dose aspirin on the adhesion and chemotaxis of leukocytes and the(More)
AIMS An ongoing concept is that stem cells have the potential to regenerate the injured myocardium. In addition to direct vasorelaxing effects on the vasculature, which are mediated by an increased cAMP production leading to a decreased calcium influx in smooth muscle cells, parathyroid hormone (PTH) was recently shown to facilitate stem cell mobilization.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence and extent of periovarian adhesion formation subsequent to laparoscopic electrocoagulation of the ovarian surface in infertility patients with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). DESIGN From a total of 199 PCOD patients treated with ovarian electrocautery, 50 cases of laparoscopy and 12 cesarean sections served as(More)
The response of the contractile and the series elastic elements to ischemia was studied with isometric contraction and quick release methods after measuring the passive length-tension relationship in glycerinated heart muscle fibers of dogs at resting state. Myocardial infarction was induced by ligating left coronary artery. Muscle fibers taken from the(More)