Sandra K. Wittmann

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BACKGROUND Matrix expansion and mesangial proliferation are hallmarks of mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis. Specific inhibition of PDE-5, an enzyme catalyzing the intracellular degradation of cyclic GMP, can be achieved by the inhibitor vardenafil. In this study, we investigated the effects of PDE-5 inhibition in the anti-Thy1 model in the rat in(More)
The transcription factor Tal1 is a critical activator or repressor of gene expression in hematopoiesis and leukaemia. The mechanism by which Tal1 differentially influences transcription of distinct genes is not fully understood. Here we show that Tal1 interacts with the peptidylarginine deiminase IV (PADI4). We demonstrate that PADI4 can act as an(More)
The pharmacophore concept is commonly employed in virtual screening for hit identification. A pharmacophore is generally defined as the three-dimensional arrangement of the structural and physicochemical features of a compound responsible for its affinity to a pharmacological target. Given a number of active ligands binding to a particular target in the(More)
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