Volker Haxsen

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Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta 1) overexpression plays a key role in the glomerular accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins in renal disease. Retinoids have previously been shown to significantly limit glomerular damage in rat experimental glomerulonephritis. Therefore, the effects of all-trans retinoic acid and isotretinoin on the(More)
Induction of matrix synthesis by low-level laser has been demonstrated extensively. However, the question of dose- or power intensity-dependency is under-investigated. To address this issue we chose human osteoblast cell cultures and measured their alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity after laser irradiation. The cell cultures were irradiated periodically by(More)
Post-tonsillectomy swallowing pain is a common and distressing side effect after tonsillectomy and thus of great clinical interest. Up until now, there is no randomized controlled patient- and observer-blinded study evaluating the efficacy of acupuncture against swallowing pain after tonsillectomy. We therefore compared the potency of specific verum(More)
Anaemia is a frequent complication of diabetic nephropathy. It has only recently been recognised that in diabetic patients anaemia is seen not only in preterminal renal failure, but also frequently in patients with only minor derangement of renal function. At any level of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) anaemia is more frequent and severe in diabetic(More)
We previously demonstrated that all-trans retinoic acid (RA) preserves glomerular structure and function in anti-Thy1.1 nephritis (Wagner J, Dechow C, Morath C, Lehrke I, Amann K, Floege J, and Ritz E. J Am Soc Nephrol 11: 1479-1489, 2000). Because the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) contributes to renal damage, we 1) studied retinoid-specific effects on its(More)
Angiotensin II (AngII) is a vasopressor agent, but is acute vasoconstriction all there is to the hypertensinogenic action of AngII? In a seminal study from decades ago Dickinson et al. (1) demonstrated the slow pressor action of AngII; the rabbit infusions of AngII that initially were subpressor induced progressively larger rises in BP. What are the(More)
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A and powerful inhibitors of cell proliferation and inflammation. Angiotensin II (Ang II) contributes to vascular lesions by promoting cell growth of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Therefore, we examined whether retinoids interfere with the proproliferative actions of Ang II in VSMCs via AT(1) receptor-dependent(More)
Hypophosphataemia does not necessarily indicate phosphate (Pi) depletion. In acute emergencies such as septicaemia, alkalosis or re-feeding, hypophosphataemia may result from redistribution of Pi from the extracellular to the intracellular space. Hypophosphataemia from true Pi depletion gives rise to skeletal (osteomalacia) and extraskeletal (myopathy,(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous research has suggested that the association between work stress and heart disease is more pronounced in young than in old employees. Similar age specificity may apply to the relation between work stress and heart rate variability (HRV), but data on this issue is sparse. We aimed to assess the age-specificity of the work stress-HRV(More)
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