Sabrina Schmitt

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BACKGROUND During extracorporeal photophoresis (ECP), peripheral blood mononuclear cells are treated with DNA-intercalating agents and irradiated with ultraviolet light. This procedure exerts immunosuppressive effects, most likely mediated by regulatory T cells (Treg). However, the underlying mechanisms are not clear yet. In our study, we investigated the(More)
Reduction of serum DNASE1 (DNase I) activity is supposed to aggravate anti-nuclear autoimmunity, i.e. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in man and mice. To evaluate the etiology of this reduction, more information is needed about the source(s) and regulation of serum DNASE1. In this work we used male C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice to verify that serum Dnase1(More)
Wilms tumor is a common embryonic tumor in childhood. Two Wilms tumor-suppressor genes, WT1 and WT2, are located on chromosome 11p, WT2 at 11p15.5 close to the IGF-II gene, which is highly expressed in some Wilms tumors. We established Wilms tumor cell lines to investigate the regulation of tumor cell growth by IGF-II. We demonstrated that Wilms tumor cells(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II) is thought to play a critical role in the development of embryonic tumors such as Wilms' tumor. However, despite highly elevated IGF-II mRNA levels in tumors, IGF-II is not elevated in the serum of patients with Wilms' tumors. Recently high molecular weight forms of IGF-II ('big'- or pro-IGF-II) have been found to be(More)
Stability of many tumor-relevant proteins is partly mediated by E3 ligases, which determine substrate specificity within the ubiquitin system. Recent data demonstrated that increased nuclear expression of the E3 ligase seven in absentia homologue (SIAH)-1 in human hepatocarcinogenesis supports tumor cell proliferation and migration. To define whether(More)
Cutaneous regeneration utilizes paracrine feedback mechanisms to fine-tune the regulation of epidermal keratinocyte proliferation and migration. However, it is unknown how fibroblast-derived hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) affects these mutually exclusive processes in distinct cell populations. We here show that HGF stimulates the expression and(More)
Innerhalb der letzten Jahre wurden sowohl national als auch international zahlreiche Biobanken etabliert, die verschiedenste Kollektive humaner Biomaterialien und assoziierter phänotypischer Daten sammeln, aufbereiten und für Forschungszwecke zur Verfügung stellen. Vor dem Hintergrund der teilweise großen Heterogenität sowohl in der Struktur als auch in der(More)
An effective means to analyze mRNA expression data is to take advantage of established knowledge from pathway databases, using methods such as pathway-enrichment analyses. However, pathway databases are not case-specific and expression data could be used to infer gene-regulation patterns in the context of specific pathways. In addition, canonical pathways(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to find out which recommendations German gynecologists gave to young patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus in respect to contraception. In addition, it was asked to what extent German gynecologists/obstetricians had experience regarding counselling of young women with type 1 diabetes. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A structured(More)
Protein C deficiency can lead to cerebrovascular occlusive disease. We describe a patient in whom heterozygous protein C deficiency (type 1) is suspected on the grounds of reduced protein C activity and who suffered from multiple thrombo-embolic events involving the brain and peripheral organs. The patient developed hypothalamic failure with hypernatraemia,(More)