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In Vivo Functional Requirement of the Mouse Ifitm1 Gene for Germ Cell Development, Interferon Mediated Immune Response and Somitogenesis
Ingeborg Klymiuk, Lukas Kenner, Thure Adler, Dirk H. Busch, Auke Boersma, Martin Irmler, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Helmut Fuchs, Nicole Leitner, Mathias Müller, Ralf Kühn, Michaela Schlederer, Irina Treise, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Johannes Beckers
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044609
Abstract: The mammalian Interferon induced transmembrane protein 1 (Ifitm1) gene was originally identified as a member of a gene family highly inducible by type I and type II interferons. Based on expression analyses, it was suggested to be required for normal primordial germ cell migration. The knockdown of Ifitm1 in mouse embryos provided evidence for a role in somitogenesis. We generated the first targeted knockin allele of the Ifitm1 gene to systematically reassess all inferred functions. Sperm motility and the fertility of male and female mutant mice are as in wild type littermates. Embryonic somites and the adult vertebral column appear normal in homozygous Ifitm1 knockout mice, demonstrating that Ifitm1 is not essential for normal segmentation of the paraxial mesoderm. Proportions of leucocyte subsets, including granulocytes, monocytes, B-cells, T-cells, NK-cells, and NKT-cells, are unchanged in mutant mice. Based on a normal immune response to Listeria monocytogenes infection, there is no evidence for a dysfunction in downstream IFNγ signaling in Ifitm1 mutant mice. Expression from the Ifitm1 locus from E8.5 to E14.5 is highly dynamic. In contrast, in adult mice, Ifitm1 expression is highly restricted and strong in the bronchial epithelium. Intriguingly, IFITM1 is highly overexpressed in tumor epithelia cells of human squamous cell carcinomas and in adenocarcinomas of NSCLC patients. These analyses underline the general importance of targeted in vivo studies for the functional annotation of the mammalian genome. The first comprehensive description of the Ifitm1 expression pattern provides a rational basis for the further examination of Ifitm1 gene functions. Based on our data, the fact that IFITM1 can function as a negative regulator of cell proliferation, and because the gene maps to chromosome band 11p15.5, previously associated with NSCLC, it is likely that IFITM1 in man has a key role in tumor formation.
Dll1 Haploinsufficiency in Adult Mice Leads to a Complex Phenotype Affecting Metabolic and Immunological Processes
Isabel Rubio-Aliaga, Gerhard K. H. Przemeck, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Thure Adler, Wolfgang Hans, Marion Horsch, Birgit Rathkolb, Jan Rozman, Anja Schrewe, Sibylle Wagner, Sabine M. Hoelter, Lore Becker, Thomas Klopstock, Wolfgang Wurst, Eckhard Wolf, Martin Klingenspor, Boris T. Ivandic, Dirk H. Busch, Johannes Beckers, Martin Hrabé de Angelis
PLOS ONE , 2009, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006054
Abstract: Background The Notch signaling pathway is an evolutionary conserved signal transduction pathway involved in embryonic patterning and regulation of cell fates during development and self-renewal. Recent studies have demonstrated that this pathway is integral to a complex system of interactions, involving as well other signal transduction pathways, and implicated in distinct human diseases. Delta-like 1 (Dll1) is one of the known ligands of the Notch receptors. The role of the Notch ligands is less well understood. Loss-of-function of Dll1 leads to embryonic lethality, but reduction of Delta-like 1 protein levels has not been studied in adult stage. Methodology/Principal Findings Here we present the haploinsufficient phenotype of Dll1 and a missense mutant Dll1 allele (Dll1C413Y). Haploinsufficiency leads to a complex phenotype with several biological processes altered. These alterations reveal the importance of Dll1 mainly in metabolism, energy balance and in immunology. The animals are smaller, lighter, with altered fat to lean ratio and have increased blood pressure and a slight bradycardia. The animals have reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels in blood. At the immunological level a subtle phenotype is observed due to the effect and fine-tuning of the signaling network at the different levels of differentiation, proliferation and function of lymphocytes. Moreover, the importance of the proteolytic regulation of the Notch signaling network emphasized. Conclusions/Significance In conclusion, slight alterations in one player of Notch signaling alter the entire organism, emphasizing the fine-tuning character of this pathway in a high number of processes.
The Endocytic Adaptor Eps15 Controls Marginal Zone B Cell Numbers
Benedetta Pozzi, Stefania Amodio, Caterina Lucano, Anna Sciullo, Simona Ronzoni, Daniela Castelletti, Thure Adler, Irina Treise, Ingrid Holmberg Betsholtz, Birgit Rathkolb, Dirk H. Busch, Eckhard Wolf, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Christer Betsholtz, Stefano Casola, Pier Paolo Di Fiore, Nina Offenh?user
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050818
Abstract: Eps15 is an endocytic adaptor protein involved in clathrin and non-clathrin mediated endocytosis. In Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster lack of Eps15 leads to defects in synaptic vesicle recycling and synapse formation. We generated Eps15-KO mice to investigate its function in mammals. Eps15-KO mice are born at the expected Mendelian ratio and are fertile. Using a large-scale phenotype screen covering more than 300 parameters correlated to human disease, we found that Eps15-KO mice did not show any sign of disease or neural deficits. Instead, altered blood parameters pointed to an immunological defect. By competitive bone marrow transplantation we demonstrated that Eps15-KO hematopoietic precursor cells were more efficient than the WT counterparts in repopulating B220+ bone marrow cells, CD19? thymocytes and splenic marginal zone (MZ) B cells. Eps15-KO mice showed a 2-fold increase in MZ B cell numbers when compared with controls. Using reverse bone marrow transplantation, we found that Eps15 regulates MZ B cell numbers in a cell autonomous manner. FACS analysis showed that although MZ B cells were increased in Eps15-KO mice, transitional and pre-MZ B cell numbers were unaffected. The increase in MZ B cell numbers in Eps15 KO mice was not dependent on altered BCR signaling or Notch activity. In conclusion, in mammals, the endocytic adaptor protein Eps15 is a regulator of B-cell lymphopoiesis.
Standardized, Systemic Phenotypic Analysis of UmodC93F and UmodA227T Mutant Mice
Elisabeth Kemter, Petra Prückl, Birgit Rathkolb, Kateryna Micklich, Thure Adler, Lore Becker, Johannes Beckers, Dirk H. Busch, Alexander A. G?tz, Wolfgang Hans, Marion Horsch, Boris Ivandic, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Jan Rozman, Anja Schrewe, Holger Schulz, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabé de Angelis, Eckhard Wolf, Bernhard Aigner
PLOS ONE , 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078337
Abstract: Uromodulin-associated kidney disease (UAKD) summarizes different clinical features of an autosomal dominant heritable disease syndrome in humans with a proven uromodulin (UMOD) mutation involved. It is often characterized by hyperuricemia, gout, alteration of urine concentrating ability, as well as a variable rate of disease progression inconstantly leading to renal failure and histological alterations of the kidneys. We recently established the two Umod mutant mouse lines UmodC93F and UmodA227T on the C3H inbred genetic background both showing kidney defects analogous to those found in human UAKD patients. In addition, disease symptoms were revealed that were not yet described in other published mouse models of UAKD. To examine if further organ systems and/or metabolic pathways are affected by Umod mutations as primary or secondary effects, we describe a standardized, systemic phenotypic analysis of the two mutant mouse lines UmodA227T and UmodC93F in the German Mouse Clinic. Different genotypes as well as different ages were tested. Beside the already published changes in body weight, body composition and bone metabolism, the influence of the Umod mutation on energy metabolism was confirmed. Hematological analysis revealed a moderate microcytic and erythropenic anemia in older Umod mutant mice. Data of the other analyses in 7-10 month-old mutant mice showed single small additional effects.
Prevalence of Wild-Type Butyrylcholinesterase Genotype in Patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia  [PDF]
Beate Mueller, Georg Adler
World Journal of Neuroscience (WJNS) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/wjns.2015.53019
Abstract: Approximately, two-thirds patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are reported to have homozygous wild-type butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) gene expression. It is associated with a higher rate of hydrolysis of acetylcholine, which ultimately leads to increase in the levels of BuChE in advanced stages of the disease. Rivastigmine, a dual inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and BuChE, might be of additional benefit in patients with AD with wild-type BuChE allele.
Nowhere dense graph classes, stability, and the independence property
Hans Adler,Isolde Adler
Mathematics , 2010,
Abstract: A class of graphs is nowhere dense if for every integer r there is a finite upper bound on the size of cliques that occur as (topological) r-minors. We observe that this tameness notion from algorithmic graph theory is essentially the earlier stability theoretic notion of superflatness. For subgraph-closed classes of graphs we prove equivalence to stability and to not having the independence property.
A note on clique-width and tree-width for structures
Hans Adler,Isolde Adler
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: We give a simple proof that the straightforward generalisation of clique-width to arbitrary structures can be unbounded on structures of bounded tree-width. This can be corrected by allowing fusion of elements.
Complete convergence for arrays of minimal order statistics
André Adler
International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences , 2004, DOI: 10.1155/s0161171204401379
Abstract: For arrays of independent Pareto random variables, this paper establishes complete convergence for weighted partial sums for the smaller order statistics within each row. This result improves on past strong laws. Moreover, it shows that we can obtain a finite nonzero limit for our normalized partial sums under complete convergence even though the first moment of our order statistics is infinite.
Limit theorems for randomly selected adjacent order statistics from a Pareto distribution
André Adler
International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences , 2005, DOI: 10.1155/ijmms.2005.3427
Abstract: Consider independent and identically distributed random variables {Xnk,  1≤k≤m, n≥1} from the Pareto distribution. We randomly select two adjacent order statistics from each row, Xn(i) and Xn(i
Laws of Large Numbers for Asymmetrical Cauchy Random Variables
André Adler
International Journal of Stochastic Analysis , 2007, DOI: 10.1155/2007/56924
Abstract: We generalize the Cauchy distribution so that we can have asymmetrical tails. This allows us to obtain unusual laws of large numbers involving weighted sums of these random variables. Unusual in the sense that even though in every case E|X|=∞, we can still obtain a nonzero limit for these weighted sums.
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