Wolfgang Völker

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Pathologic aggregation of α-synuclein is a central process in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. The α-synuclein gene (SNCA) encodes at least 4 different α-synuclein isoforms through alternative splicing (SNCA140, SNCA126, SNCA112, SNCA98). Differential expression of α-synuclein isoforms has been shown in Lewy body diseases. In contrast to the(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent cause for serious, chronic and therapy-refractive infections in spite of susceptibility to antibiotics in vitro. In chronic infections, altered bacterial phenotypes, such as small colony variants (SCVs), have been found. Yet, it is largely unclear whether the ability to interconvert from the wild-type to the SCV phenotype(More)
BACKGROUND Only limited information is available regarding the influence of decellularization on the extracellular matrix in heart valves. Within the extracellular matrix proteoglycans (PG) play a central role in the structural organization and physical functioning of valves and in their capability of settling with endothelial and interstitial cells(More)
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