Stefanie A Wagner

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Microsatellites have been popular molecular markers ever since their advent in the late eighties. Despite growing competition from new genotyping and sequencing techniques, the use of these versatile and cost-effective markers continues to increase, boosted by successive technical advances. First, methods for multiplexing PCR have considerably improved over(More)
The associations of the adiponectin (APM1) gene with parameters of the metabolic syndrome are inconsistent. We performed a systematic investigation based on fine-mapped single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) highlighting the genetic architecture and their role in modulating adiponectin plasma concentrations in a particularly healthy population of 1,727(More)
YscU is an essential component of the export apparatus of the Yersinia injectisome. It consists of an N-terminal transmembrane domain and a long cytoplasmic C-terminal domain, which undergoes auto-cleavage at a NPTH site. Substitutions N263A and P264A prevented cleavage of YscU and abolished export of LcrV, YopB and YopD but not of Yop effectors. As a(More)
Multiplex PCR is a fast and cost-effective technique allowing increased genotyping throughput of microsatellites. We developed two multiplexes for Quercus petraea and Q. robur, a 12-plex of EST-SSRs (eSSRs) and an 8-plex of genomic SSRs (gSSRs). We studied the origin of allele calling errors at the human reader and software levels. We showed that the(More)
BACKGROUND Major depression can be regarded as a systemic neurobehavioral disorder resulting from dysfunction of the limbic-cortical networks. The cingulum bundle represents a major association fiber tract of those networks. The aim of our study was to determine the association of brain structural tissue markers of the cingulum bundle and cognitive function(More)
OBJECTIVE A previous epidemiological study showed an association of the insulin-induced gene 2 (INSIG2) gene with BMI. Additionally, experimental investigations in animals and cell culture provided evidence that this gene might be involved in lipoprotein and free fatty acid (FFA) metabolism. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association(More)
The inner-membrane protein YscU has an important role during the assembly of the Yersinia enterocolitica type III secretion injectisome. Its cytoplasmic domain (YscU(C)) recognizes translocators as individual substrates in the export hierarchy. Activation of YscU entails autocleavage at a conserved NPTH motif. Modification of this motif markedly changes the(More)
In the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), early non-improvement of symptoms after initiation of antidepressant treatment is a highly sensitive and specific marker for final treatment failure. On the other hand, meta-analyses of clinical studies investigating serum BDNF (sBDNF) concentration before and after antidepressant treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Impulsivity belongs to the key features of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It has been linked to altered serotoninergic neurotransmission and, genetically, to an over-representation of the short (S) allele of the serotonin transporter promoter-linked polymorphic region polymorphism (5-HTTLPR). On the other hand, serious life events (SLE)(More)
OBJECTIVE Empirical evidence supports the existence of significant executive deficits in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) as compared to non-depressed controls. Nevertheless, the effect size of executive dysfunctions in unipolar, non-psychotic MDD as well as their relationship to antidepressant treatment is ambiguous. METHOD Meta-analytic(More)