Ulrich Koller

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OBJECTIVE To compare the performance of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Outcome (DASH) Questionnaire and the Moberg Picking Up Test (MPUT) with other outcome measurement tools in assessing both hand function and aspects of general health in finger joint arthroplasty in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). DESIGN Case series, with an(More)
The major challenge to a successful gene therapy of autosomal dominant genetic diseases is a highly efficient and specific knock-down or repair of the disease-causing allele. In epidermolysis bullosa simplex-type Dowling-Meara (EBS-DM), a single amino acid exchange in exon 1 of the keratin 14 gene (K14) triggers a severe skin phenotype, characterized by(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte transplantation (MACT) has become an established articular cartilage repair technique. It provides good short-term and midterm results; however, long-term results are lacking. PURPOSE To prospectively assess the clinical outcome after MACT in the knee to report long-term results. STUDY DESIGN Case(More)
Trans-splicing is a powerful approach to reprogram the genome. It can be used to replace 5', 3' or internal exons. The latter approach has been characterized by low efficiency, as the requirements to promote internal trans-splicing are largely uncharacterized. The trans-splicing process is induced by engineered 'RNA trans-splicing molecules' (RTMs), which(More)
Patients suffering from recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a hereditary blistering disease of epithelia, show susceptibility to develop highly aggressive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Tumors metastasize early and are associated with mortality in the 30th–40th years of life in this patient group. So far, no adequate therapy is available for(More)
YouTube is increasingly becoming a key source for people to satisfy the need for additional information concerning their medical condition. This study analyses the completeness of accurate information found on YouTube pertaining to hip arthritis. The present study analyzed 133 YouTube videos using the search terms: hip arthritis, hip arthritis symptoms, hip(More)
Elevated T2-values of articular cartilage are associated with an increase in cartilage water that results from a damaged collagen matrix, and provide a marker for cartilage damage. We used T2 mapping to analyse the rim of cartilage defects that appeared to be intact on the morphological sequences, to determine whether there are early biochemical changes(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the behavior of ovine meniscal cells seeded on biomaterials made from collagen and hyaluronan, respectively. Ovine meniscal cells were isolated from the medial menisci of stifle joints, expanded in monolayer culture, and seeded on scaffolds made of collagen type II and I/III and a hyaluronan derivative (Hyaff-11).(More)
The efficient treatment of hereditary disorders, especially of those caused by dominant-negative mutations still remains an obstacle to be overcome. Allele specificity is a critical aspect that must be addressed by silencing therapies such as small interfering RNA, which has the potential risk of also reducing expression of the normal allele. To overcome(More)
Spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing has become an emergent tool for the repair of mutated pre-mRNAs in the treatment of genetic diseases. RNA trans-splicing molecules (RTMs) are designed to induce a specific trans-splicing reaction via a binding domain for a respective target pre-mRNA region. A previously established reporter-based screening system(More)