Volker Gassling

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BACKGROUND Non-syndromic clefts of the orofacial region occur in approximately 1 per 500 to 2,500 live births, depending on geographical area and ethnicity. It can be supposed that the disruption of the normal facial structure and the long-standing pressure of treatment from birth to adulthood bring about a range of life stressors which may lead to a(More)
BACKGROUND A large number of pathophysiological mechanisms are regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs), which represent a new class of posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression. To date, little is known about their role in oral lichen planus (OLP), a chronic inflammatory mucocutaneous disease of unknown etiology which is being discussed as a potentially(More)
INTRODUCTION Cleft lip and palate (CLP) represent the most common congenital malformations of the midfacial region. Although these patients show differences in their facial appearance, we hypothesize that CLP-affected individuals do not show an alteration in their emotion regulation abilities compared to unaffected individuals. This is because of the strong(More)
Radiotherapy can lead to a reduction of bone density with an increased risk of pathological fractures. Bisphosphonates may represent a preventive treatment option by increasing the density of anorganic bone mineral. Yet it is unknown how bisphosphonates act on irradiated collagen cross-links, which play an essential role for the mechanical stability of(More)
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