Stephanie Schmitmeier

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OBJECT Adenovirus vector (AdV)-mediated gene delivery has been recently demonstrated in clinical trials as a novel potential treatment for malignant gliomas. Combined coxsackievirus B and adenovirus receptor (CAR) has been shown to function as an attachment receptor for multiple adenovirus serotypes, whereas the vitronectin integrins (alphavbeta3 and(More)
OBJECTIVE The snake venom disintegrin contortrostatin (CN) is able to inhibit tumor progression and angiogenesis in vivo and therefore is of considerable interest as a potential antitumor drug. CN specifically binds to certain integrins on the tumor cell and angiogenic endothelial cell surface and inhibits their interaction with the extracellular matrix,(More)
Dimitrios F. Stamatialis a,∗, Bernke J. Papenburg a, Miriam Gironés a, Saiful Saiful a, Srivatsa N.M. Bettahalli a, Stephanie Schmitmeier b, Matthias Wessling a a Institute for Biomedical Technology (BMTI), University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, Membrane Technology Group, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands b Department of(More)
Lectins are polyvalent carbohydrate-binding proteins of non-immune origin. Recently, we have isolated and characterized a lectin from the venom of the snake Bothrops jararacussu. This lectin (BJcuL) has been shown to bind to lactose moieties and induce agglutination of erythrocytes. In the present work, we observed that cells from human metastatic breast(More)
AIMS Autoantibodies against second extracellular loops of β(1)-adrenergic receptors frequent in dilated cardiomyopathy confer myocardial dysfunction presumably via cAMP stimulation. Here, we investigate the autoantibody impact on receptor conformation and function. METHODS AND RESULTS IgG was prepared from patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, matched(More)
The liver is the most important organ for the biotransformation of xenobiotics, and the failure to treat acute or acute-on-chronic liver failure causes high mortality rates in affected patients. Due to the lack of donor livers and the limited possibility of the clinical management there has been growing interest in the development of extracorporeal liver(More)
During the last decades considerable advances have been made in intravascular interventions for the treatment of coronary and peripheral arterial disease. However, long-term outcome remains an area of concern in many applications. Restenosis is still a challenge in endovascular medicine and has thus been referred to as the Achilles' heel of percutaneous(More)
Fibrolase, a zinc metalloproteinase possessing direct-acting fibrinolytic activity, has been previously purified from southern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortix) snake venom. We recently reported that a pool of southern copperhead venom from different geographical locations possesses two isoforms of fibrolase (fib1 and fib2) [Loayza, S. L. et al.(More)
The metastatic spread of cancer is a complex process that involves the combination of different cellular actions including cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM), breakdown of the ECM by specific matrix-degrading proteinases, and active cell locomotion. Contortrostatin (CN), a homodimeric snake venom disintegrin, has previously been demonstrated to(More)
The selenoprotein gastrointestinal glutathione peroxidase 2 (GPx2) is up-regulated in a variety of cancer cells with thus far unknown consequences. Therefore, two clones of a human colon cancer cell line (HT-29) in which GPx2 was stably knocked down by small interfering RNA (siRNA; siGPx2) were used to test whether cancer-relevant processes are affected by(More)