Titia M Rolf

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Remodeling of small arteries is essential in the long-term regulation of blood pressure and blood flow to specific organs or tissues. A large part of the change in vessel diameter may occur through non-growth-related reorganization of vessel wall components. The hypothesis was tested that tissue-type transglutaminase (tTG), a cross-linking enzyme,(More)
Chronic changes in blood flow induce an adaptation of vascular caliber. Thus, arteries show inward remodeling after a reduction in blood flow. We hypothesized that this remodeling depends on the crosslinking enzyme tissue-type transglutaminase (tTG). Flow-dependent remodeling was studied in wild-type (WT) and tTG-null mice using a surgically imposed change(More)
It was hypothesized that endothelial glycocalyx perturbation contributes to increased vulnerability of the arterial wall exposed to atherogenic risk factors. Glycocalyx and intima-to-media ratios (IMR) were studied at a low- and a high-risk region within the murine carotid artery (common region) and internal carotid branch (sinus region) in control C57BL/6J(More)
AIM To study the ultrastructural appearances of Helicobacter pylori in antral and duodenal biopsy specimens and its relation with the epithelial cells. METHODS Endoscopically obtained antral and duodenal biopsy specimens were examined using transmission electron microscopy and freeze fracture analysis. RESULTS Most bacteria looked curved, but in the(More)
OBJECTIVES A distinctive type of columnar epithelium with intestinal metaplasia is considered diagnostic for Barrett's esophagus. The neoplastic potential of pancreatic metaplasia at the esophagogastric junction is unknown. The aims of the present study were: 1) to characterize both forms of metaplasia at the esophagogastric junction, and to estimate their(More)
We tested the hypothesis that under physiological conditions, arterioles match their diameter to the level of shear stress. Haemodynamic and anatomical data were obtained in segments of the first-order arteriole of the rat cremaster muscle. Along this segment of ~10 mm in length, local blood pressure decreased from 68 +/- 4 mmHg upstream to 54 +/- 3 mmHg(More)
Duodenal and antral mucosal biopsy specimens were obtained from 139 patients with dyspeptic complaints to study the prevalence and extent of gastric metaplasia in the duodenal bulb in relation to Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection and duodenal ulcer disease. On logistic regression, the presence and extent of gastric metaplasia was not significantly(More)
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