Stefan Abel

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Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for patients with hemoglobinopathies. However, fewer than 30% of individuals will have an HLA-identical sibling. Improvement in outcomes after HSCT using unrelated donors (URD), and the development of novel nontoxic preparative regimens may make URD HSCT an option for(More)
Organisms adjust the order, or fluidity, of their cellular membranes in response to changes in their physiochemical environment by adjusting the lipid composition of their membranes. We investigated membrane fluidity using the phospholipid, fatty acid and cholesterol content of red blood cells (RBCs) from multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and correlated this(More)
Measurement of fatty acids in biological fluids and cell membranes including leucocytes from multiple sclerosis patients is inconsistent. The objective of the present study was to investigate the fatty acid composition within the different membrane phospholipid fractions in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in multiple sclerosis patients, and correlate(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether blood cell membrane monounsaturated fatty acids were associated with inflammation and disease outcome in patients with multiple sclerosis. The fatty acid composition in peripheral blood mononuclear cell and red blood cell membranes from 26 patients and 25 controls were determined by gas chromatography.(More)
Brassica napus (oilseed rape, canola) is one of the world's most important sources of vegetable oil for human nutrition and biofuel, and also a model species for studies investigating the evolutionary consequences of polyploidisation. Strong bottlenecks during its recent origin from interspecific hybridisation, and subsequently through intensive artificial(More)
Immune cell membrane lipids are important determinants of membrane fluidity, eicosanoid production and phagocytosis and fatty acid metabolic abnormalities have been reported in immune cells from patients with multiple sclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between peripheral blood mononuclear cell membrane fluidity,(More)
Tacrolimus (Prograf, FK506, Fujisawa Healthcare) is a widely used immunosuppressive agent that is used both for the prevention and treatment of solid organ transplant rejection as well as for the prevention and treatment of graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic blood and marrow transplant. Oral preparations of tacrolimus are commercially available in(More)
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