Timon Seeger

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Ageing is the predominant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and contributes to a significantly worse outcome in patients with acute myocardial infarction. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as crucial regulators of cardiovascular function and some miRNAs have key roles in ageing. We propose that altered expression of miRNAs in the heart during ageing(More)
BACKGROUND Alveolar hypoxia causes pulmonary hypertension and enhanced right ventricular afterload, which may impair exercise tolerance. The phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor sildenafil has been reported to cause pulmonary vasodilatation. OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of sildenafil on exercise capacity under conditions of hypoxic pulmonary(More)
RATIONALE Aging represents a major risk factor for coronary artery disease and aortic aneurysm formation. MicroRNAs (miRs) have emerged as key regulators of biological processes, but their role in age-associated vascular pathologies is unknown. OBJECTIVE We aim to identify miRs in the vasculature that are regulated by age and play a role in age-induced(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Previous studies in xenograft models have shown that human peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) mobilized with the CXCR4 antagonist plerixafor (AMD3100) have a higher bone marrow (BM) reconstitution potential than granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized PBPC. METHODS PBPC obtained during G-CSF-supported mobilization(More)
High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous blood stem cell transplantation is the standard treatment for myeloma patients. In this study, CAD (cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, dexamethasone) chemotherapy and a single dose of pegfilgrastim (12 mg) was highly effective in mobilizing peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) for subsequent transplantation, with 88%(More)
AIMS Ageing of the immune system, immunosenescence, is characterized by impaired lymphopoiesis, especially B-lymphocyte maturation, and is a hallmark of chronic heart failure (CHF). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding, small RNAs, which post-transcriptionally control gene expression of multiple target genes. The miR-181 family is known to control(More)
Hypoxia leads to pulmonary vasoconstriction in healthy men. However, the consequences on right ventricular function are not known. The effects of hypoxia on systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) and right ventricular function index (TEI) were assessed by Doppler echocardiography. Fourteen members of a Mount Everest expedition were monitored during acute(More)
OBJECTIVE AMD3100 is a new CXCR4 antagonist that induces a rapid release of hematopoietic progenitors from the bone marrow to the peripheral blood. We conducted a clinical study where patients with multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were treated with AMD3100 (A) to increase the number of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPCs) when given a(More)
Stem cell transplantation, whether autologous or allogeneic, improves the outcome of patients with a number of hematologic malignancies or solid tumors. A relevant proportion of these patients are excluded from this treatment because sufficient numbers of hematopoietic stem cells cannot be obtained by standard cytokine-assisted mobilization. In this article(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of long-term pharmacological inhibition of miR-21 in a model of metabolic syndrome and obesity. METHODS Aged db/db mice were treated with locked nucleic acid-modified anti-miRs directed against miR-21 (LNA-21), control LNAs or PBS for 18 weeks. Cardiac function was assessed by echocardiography and the effect on body weight(More)