Tim Scharnweber

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Red blood cells demonstrate a unique ability for repeated large deformation. Under the influence of a variety of agents, shapes other than the discocyte--e.g. stomatocytes or echinocytes--can be observed. Some radiographic agents induce shape changes from discocytic to echinocytic cells. Especially the echinocyte formation is associated with a(More)
A type-dependent chemotoxic effect of radiographic contrast media on erythrocytes and endothelial cells was reported several times. While mechanisms of toxicity are still unclear the cellular reactions e.g. echinocyte formation in erythrocytes and the buckling of endothelial cells coincided with deterioration of capillary perfusion (in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE Increasing observational evidence suggests that epigallocatechin gallate--the major polyphenolic component of green tea--is instrumental in suppressing the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, methods that promise to enhance the suppressive potential of green tea have the highest clinical relevance. BACKGROUND DATA Human cervical cancer cells,(More)
Transmembrane diffusion imposes fundamental limits to the uptake of cytostatic drugs executing their function intracellularly. Here, we report that transmembrane convection-a mechanism exploiting the effect of moderately intense 670nm laser light on the density and viscosity of nanoscopic interfacial water layers (IWL) in the cell-forces cancer cells to(More)
The membrane of red blood cells consists of a phospholipid bilayer with embedded membrane proteins and is associated on the cytoplasmatic side with a network of proteins, the membrane skeleton. Band3 has an important role as centre of the functional complexes e.g. gas exchange complex and as element of attachment for the membrane skeleton maintaining(More)
In recent decades an increased prevalence of allergic conditions has been observed in developed countries. Although lifestyles, exposure to infection, and diet are all likely important factors, many studies have also shown a strong link between industrialization and allergy. The aim of this study was to investigate which extract fractions from traffic(More)
Microstructuring of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a key step for many lab-on-a-chip (LOC) applications. In general, the structure is generated by casting the liquid prepolymer against a master. The production of the master in turn calls for special equipment and know how. Furthermore, a given master only allows the reproduction of the defined structure. We(More)
The aim of this study was to understand the mechanisms of interaction of monocytes/macrophages and foreign body giant cell (FBGC) with implant materials, with respect to the roughness and the solubility of calcium phosphate based coatings. Anderson et al. (Bone Engineering, J.E. Davies, ed., Toronto, 2000, pp. 81-93) showed that the presence of FBGC's and(More)
In our previous work we described the preparation and characterization of spray dried hydroxyapatite micro granules loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). These loaded particles are used as a model drug delivery system (DDS). In this study we examined the in vitro response of two cell lines derived from different tissues to 5-FU loaded granules (LG). Both cell(More)
The aim of the study is to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a new left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder. Twelve pigs were included. In 2 pigs the implantation process failed due to pericardial tamponade in 1 pig and device embolization in the other pig. The placement of the devices was controlled via TEE and fluoroscopy. After 6 weeks of implantation(More)