Stephanie Lehrke

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Although clinical trials of autologous whole bone marrow for cardiac repair demonstrate promising results, many practical and mechanistic issues regarding this therapy remain highly controversial. Here, we report the results of a randomized study of bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, administered to pigs, which offer several new insights regarding(More)
OBJECTIVE Owing to its variable clinical course, risk stratification is of paramount importance in non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The goal of this study was to investigate the long-term prognostic significance of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) as detected by contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) in patients with DCM.(More)
BACKGROUND Increased cardiac troponins in blood are observed after virtually every open heart surgery, indicating perioperative myocardial cell injury. We sought to determine the optimum time point for blood sampling and the respective cutoff value of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) for risk assessment in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS In a series(More)
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and stem cell factor (SCF) are potential new therapies to ameliorate post-myocardial infarction (post-MI) remodeling, as they enhance endogenous cardiac repair mechanisms and decrease cardiomyocyte apoptosis. Because both of these pathways undergo alterations with increasing age, we hypothesized that therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin-T (cTnT) is a cardio-specific indicator of myocardial necrosis due to ischemic or non-ischemic events. Considering the multiple causes of myocardial injury and treatment consequences there is great clinical need to clarify the underlying reason for cTnT release. We sought to implement acute CMR as a non-invasive imaging method(More)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a frequent form among the cardiomyopathies and displays a very heterogeneous etiology. It is a familial disease in about one-third of DCM cases [8, 14, 16]. More than 20 DCM candidate genes were already identified [2, 4], but the genetic defects in the large majority of familial cases are still unknown. LMNA is among the most(More)
AIMS To investigate the prognostic impact of left-ventricular (LV) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) deformation imaging in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) compared with late-gadolinium enhancement (LGE) quantification and LV ejection fraction (EF). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 210 subjects with DCM were examined prospectively(More)
Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation is implicated in cardiac remodeling in heart failure (HF). As xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR) is 1 of the major sources of ROS, we tested whether XOR inhibition could improve cardiac performance and induce reverse remodeling in a model of established HF, the spontaneously hypertensive/HF (SHHF) rat. We(More)
We hypothesized that chronic xanthine oxidase inhibition (XOI) would have favorable effects on both ventricular and vascular performance in evolving heart failure (HF), thereby preserving ventricular-vascular coupling. In HF, XOI reduces oxidative stress and improves both vascular and myocardial function. Dogs were randomized to receive either allopurinol(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic value of NT-proBNP has been recognized in patients with amyloidosis complicated by cardiac involvement. We aimed to use contrast enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to identify functional and structural alterations related to levels of NT-proBNP better to understand the mechanisms of its release in cardiac(More)