Thomas Lener

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In the past decade, extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been recognized as potent vehicles of intercellular communication, both in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. This is due to their capacity to transfer proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, thereby influencing various physiological and pathological functions of both recipient and parent cells. While intensive(More)
During the last years it was shown that the aging process is controlled by specific genes in a large number of organisms (C. elegans, Drosophila, mouse or humans). To investigate genes involved in the natural aging process of the human skin we applied cDNA microarray analysis of naturally aged human foreskin samples. For the array experiments a(More)
MOTIVATION Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are spherical bilayered proteolipids, harboring various bioactive molecules. Due to the complexity of the vesicular nomenclatures and components, online searches for EV-related publications and vesicular components are currently challenging. RESULTS We present an improved version of EVpedia, a public database for(More)
Activation of protein kinase C by phorbol esters triggers the remodelling of the actin cytoskeleton and the formation of podosomes in smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Regional control of actin dynamics at specialised microdomains results in a local reduction in contractile forces. The molecular basis for this local inhibition of contractility includes the(More)
Metastasis of diseased cells is the basic event leading to death in individuals with cancer. Establishment of metastasis requires that tumour cells migrate from the site of the primary tumour into the circulation system, escape from the vasculature and form secondary tumours at novel sites. These processes depend to a large degree on cytoskeletal(More)
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), such as exosomes and microvesicles, are released by different cell types and participate in physiological and pathophysiological processes. EVs mediate intercellular communication as cell-derived extracellular signalling organelles that transmit specific information from their cell of origin to their target cells. As a result(More)
RNA trans-splicing represents an auspicious option for the correction of genetic mutations at RNA level. Mutations within COL7A1 causing strong reduction or absence of type VII collagen are associated with the severe skin blistering disease dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. The human COL7A1 mRNA constitutes a suitable target for this RNA therapy approach,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) is an established therapy in various diseases, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and graft-versus-host disease. This study was performed to investigate the practicability of a flow cytometric T-cell evaluation after ECP as a tool to validate the quality of ECP procedures and to enable the(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) may contribute to biological processes such as tissue regeneration, immunomodulation and neuroprotection. Evaluation of their therapeutic potential and application in future clinical trials demands thorough characterization of EV content and production under defined(More)
Pooled human platelet lysate (pHPL) is an efficient alternative to xenogenic supplements for ex vivo expansion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in clinical studies. Currently, porcine heparin is used in pHPL-supplemented medium to prevent clotting due to plasmatic coagulation factors. We therefore searched for an efficient and reproducible medium(More)