Stefanie Bartsch

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The interplay between immune and nervous systems plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of depression. In depressive episodes, patients show increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1β and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. There is limited information on the effect of antidepressant drugs on cytokines, most studies(More)
Changes within the immune system have been reported to contribute to the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder and epilepsy. Interestingly, overlapping results regarding the cytokine system have been found for both diseases, namely alterations of interleukins IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). However, the effect of mood stabilizers(More)
Increased cytokine production possibly due to oxidative stress has repeatedly been shown to play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Recent in vitro and animal studies of valproic acid (VPA) report antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, and suppression of interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. We(More)
Conflicting data have been reported about the impact of repeated HBO2 exposure on the production of superoxide radicals during the neutrophil respiratory burst (RB) and on phagocytosis. In this study we wanted to see if exposure to hyperoxia would affect human neutrophil RB and phagocytosis. Short- and long-term effects after single or repetitive HBO2(More)
Protoplasts of Chlorella saccharophila (Krüger) Nadson were obtained by cellulase digestion of the microfibrillar inner compount of the cell wall after the resistant outermost layer had been scratched with sea sand. The absence of the cell wall was demonstrated immunologically, electron microscopically and by staining, thus confirming the protoplastic(More)
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