Stefanie Wittmann

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BACKGROUND Coordinated differentiation of the endometrial compartments in the second half of the menstrual cycle is a prerequisite for the establishment of pregnancy. Endometrial stromal cells (ESC) decidualize under the influence of ovarian progesterone to accommodate implantation of the blastocyst and support establishment of the placenta. Studies into(More)
Cytokines, eicosanoids, and lactoferrin are involved in the mammary gland's immune response to invading microorganisms. The goal of this work was to investigate the synthesis of these immunologically important factors in somatic milk cells, blood cells, and mammary tissue of cows with different somatic cell count levels, i.e., different immunological(More)
Successful pregnancy in humans depends on deep invasion of the maternal decidua by extravillous trophoblast cells (EVTs), a process regulated by autocrine and paracrine signals in the decidual-trophoblast microenvironment. Here we examined whether trophoblast invasion is affected by decidual differentiation of endometrial stromal cells (ESC) and modulated(More)
Starting with (20S)-20-(p-toluenesulfonyl)oxymethyl-pregna-1, 5-dien-3 alpha-ol (4), we synthesized three vitamin D analogs in 10 to 11 steps: 1 alpha, 26-dihydroxy-27-nor-vitamin D3 (1), its 3-epi analog (2), and 2 beta-methoxy-1 alpha, 26-dihydroxy-27-nor-vitamin D3 (3). We tested the derivatives in the murine mesenchymal cell line C3H1OT1/2. All(More)
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