Volker H Schmitt

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Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum represent the most frequent chest wall deformations. However, the pathogenesis is still poorly understood and research results remain inconsistent. To focus on the recent state of knowledge, we summarize and critically discuss the pathological concepts based on the history of these entities, beginning with the first(More)
In this paper, we discuss the need for using standardized graphical modeling languages for developing and evaluating simulation models. In particular, we use UML 2 diagrams to construct simulation models to be executed in an event-driven simulation framework (currently, we are using OMNeT++). The translation of the UML 2 models is provided by(More)
Peritoneal adhesions remain a relevant clinical problem despite the currently available prophylactic barrier materials. So far, the physical separation of traumatized serosa areas using barriers represents the most important clinical strategy for adhesion prevention. However, the optimal material has not yet been found. Further optimization or(More)
To what extent does thalamo-cortical connectivity in/uence global patterns of macroscopical activity spread in cat cortex? We address this question by simulation of activity /ow in a network model representing cortical areas and thalamic nuclei as nodes with all or none activity. The connectivity schemes employed are based on data from anatomical tracer(More)
In the title compound, C(44)H(48)N(6), the essentially planar mol-ecule [maximum deviation from the mean plane of the π system of 0.271 (3) Å] is located on a crystallographic centre of inversion. The almost planar (angle sums at N atoms = 357.6 and 357.1°) dimethyl-amino groups and short C-N bonds of the aniline groups [both 1.379 (4) Å] indicate strong(More)
2-Ammoniumethanethiolate, (-)SCH(2)CH(2)NH(3)(+), the first structurally characterized zwitterionic ammoniumthiolate, is the stable form of cysteamine (HL) in the solid state and in aqueous solution. Reactions of ZnCl(2), Cd(Oac)(2), and HgCl(2) with cysteamine and NaOH in a 1:2:2 ratio, respectively, lead to the homoleptic complexes ML(2). Their(More)
BACKGROUND Since the rate of histologically 'negative' appendices still ranges between 15 and 20%, appendicitis in 'borderline' cases remains a challenging disease. As previously described, cell adhesion molecule expression correlates with different stages of appendicitis. Therefore, it was of interest to determine whether the 'negative' appendix correlated(More)
Separating wounded serosa by physical barriers is the only clinically approved adjunct for postoperative adhesion prevention. Since the optimal adhesion barrier has not been found, it is essential to improve our pathogenic understanding of adhesion formation and to compare the effects of different barrier materials on tissue and cells. Wistar rats underwent(More)
The title compound, C(26)H(30)N(4), was prepared by condensation of tetra-methyl-pyrazine and dimethyl-amino-benzaldehyde and crystallizes from chloro-form/methanol in two different forms. Block-shaped crystals belong to the monoclinic crystal system and plates to the triclinic system. The two crystal forms differ in the arrangement of the centrosymmetric(More)
A series of linear and angular distyrylpyrazines and lateral donor groups has been prepared by aldol condensation between dimethylpyrazines and the appropriate aromatic aldehyde. The optical absorption and emission properties of these systems were studied in different solvents and media. The materials display a strong solvatochromism of the emission that is(More)