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This study was designed to determine the body burden of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) among first-time mothers in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area and to explore key routes of exposure. We collected breast milk samples from 46 first-time mothers, 2-8 weeks after birth. We also sampled house dust from the homes of a subset of participants by(More)
Special methodological approaches are needed, particularly in the area of modelling, to develop socio-technical systems in the field of CSCW. Engineering tasks and the development of organizational structures have to be integrated including elements of participatory design. From a theoretical background, needs for new modelling concepts can be derived:(More)
Axonal transport and translation of beta-actin mRNA plays an important role for axonal growth and presynaptic differentiation in many neurons including hippocampal, cortical and spinal motor neurons. Several beta-actin mRNA-binding and transport proteins have been identified, including ZBP1, ZBP2 and hnRNP-R. hnRNP-R has been found as an interaction partner(More)
Despite the high impact of the antimicrobial peptide hepcidin in iron homeostasis, the regulation of this hormone is still not completely understood. Studies concerning hepcidin regulation are performed at the mRNA level. For the first time we analyzed the regulation of hepcidin not only at mRNA, but also at protein level in a hepatoma and a pancreatic beta(More)
OBJECTIVES In vitro investigations of Ho:YAG laser-induced stone fragmentation were performed to identify potential impacts of different pulse durations on stone fragmentation characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS A Ho:YAG laser system (Swiss LaserClast, EMS S.A., Nyon, Switzerland) with selectable long or short pulse mode was tested with regard to its(More)
Cultured spinal motoneurons are a valuable tool for studying the basic mechanisms of axon and dendrite growth and also for analyses of pathomechanisms underlying diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). As motoneurons in the developing spinal cord of mice constitute only a minor population of neurons, these cells(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the major form of motor neuron disease in the adult occurs as a sporadic disease in more than 95% of all cases. Analysis of familial forms is considered as a key to understand the pathophysiology of the disease. It is expected that mutations responsible for familial forms are also found in sporadic ALS. During the past(More)