1. Omentin-1 and risk of myocardial infarction and stroke: Results from the EPIC-Potsdam cohort study.

    Atherosclerosis 251:415 (2016) PMID 27298015

    The recently identified adipokine omentin-1 is inversely associated with body fatness, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in cross-sectional analyses. However, prospective data on the association between plasma omentin-1 levels and future risk of CVD are lacking. The aim of the ...
  2. Caspase-1, but Not Caspase-3, Promotes Diabetic Nephropathy.

    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 27(8):2270 (2016) PMID 26832955 PMCID PMC4978051

    Glomerular apoptosis may contribute to diabetic nephropathy (dNP), but the pathophysiologic relevance of this process remains obscure. Here, we administered two partially disjunct polycaspase inhibitors in 8-week-old diabetic (db/db) mice: M-920 (inhibiting caspase-1, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, and -8)...
  3. Circulating Omentin as a Novel Biomarker for Colorectal Cancer Risk: Data from the EPIC-Potsdam Cohort Study.

    Cancer Research 76(13):3862 (2016) PMID 27216184

    Omentin is a novel biomarker shown to exert metabolic, inflammatory, and immune-related properties and thereby could be implicated in the risk of colorectal cancer. So far, the association between omentin and colorectal cancer risk has not been evaluated in prospective cohort studies. We investi...
  4. Omentin-1, Adiponectin, and the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes.

    Diabetes Care 39(6):e79 (2016) PMID 27208328

  5. The emerging role of coagulation proteases in kidney disease.

    Nature Reviews: Nephrology 12(2):94 (2016) PMID 26592189 PMCID PMC4933505

    A role of coagulation proteases in kidney disease beyond their function in normal haemostasis and thrombosis has long been suspected, and studies performed in the past 15 years have provided novel insights into the mechanisms involved. The expression of protease-activated receptors (PARs) in ren...
  6. Serum bile acids and GLP-1 decrease following telemetric induced weight loss: results of a randomized controlled trial.

    Scientific reports 6:30173 (2016) PMID 27452603 PMCID PMC4958948

    Bile acids (BAs) are increasingly recognised as metabolic regulators, potentially improving insulin sensitivity following bariatric surgery. However, physiological relevance of such observations remains unknown. Hence, we analysed serum BA composition and associated gut-derived hormone levels fo...
  7. Activated Protein C Ameliorates Renal Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury by Restricting Y-Box Binding Protein-1 Ubiquitination.

    Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 26(11):2789 (2015) PMID 26015455 PMCID PMC4625674

    Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is the leading cause of ARF. A pathophysiologic role of the coagulation system in renal IRI has been established, but the functional relevance of thrombomodulin (TM)-dependent activated protein C (aPC) generation and the intracellular targets of aPC remain undef...
  8. The Authors Reply.

    Kidney International 88(1):196 (2015) PMID 26126096

  9. A20 expression in dendritic cells protects mice from LPS-induced mortality.

    European Journal of Immunology 45(3):818 (2015) PMID 25472594

    DCs contribute to immune homeostasis under physiological conditions and regulate the immune activation during infection. The deubiquitinase A20 inhibits the activation of NF-κB-dependent immune reactions, and prevents the hyperactivation of DCs under steady-state conditions. However, the role of...
  10. Nlrp3-inflammasome activation in non-myeloid-derived cells aggravates diabetic nephropathy.

    Kidney International 87(1):74 (2015) PMID 25075770 PMCID PMC4284813

    Diabetic nephropathy is a growing health concern with characteristic sterile inflammation. As the underlying mechanisms of this inflammation remain poorly defined, specific therapies targeting sterile inflammation in diabetic nephropathy are lacking. Intriguingly, an association of diabetic neph...
  11. Defective podocyte insulin signalling through p85-XBP1 promotes ATF6-dependent maladaptive ER-stress response in diabetic nephropathy.

    Nature Communications 6:6496 (2015) PMID 25754093 PMCID PMC4366504

    Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is associated with diabetic nephropathy (DN), but its pathophysiological relevance and the mechanisms that compromise adaptive ER signalling in podocytes remain unknown. Here we show that nuclear translocation of the transcription factor spliced X-box binding pr...
  12. Reproducibility of Retinol Binding Protein 4 and Omentin-1 Measurements over a Four Months Period: A Reliability Study in a Cohort of 207 Apparently Healthy Participants.

    PLoS ONE 10(9):e0138480 (2015) PMID 26402656 PMCID PMC4581620

    The reliability of single time point measurements of the novel adipokines retinol-binding protein 4 and omentin-1 in the blood has not been evaluated in large samples yet. The present study aimed to assess the amount of biological variation of these two adipokines within individuals. The study s...
  13. Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms Within the Thrombomodulin Gene (THBD) Predict Mortality in Patients With Graft-Versus-Host Disease.

    Journal of Clinical Oncology 32(30):3421 (2014) PMID 25225421

    Steroid-refractory graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major and often fatal complication after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (alloSCT). Although the pathophysiology of steroid refractoriness is not fully understood, evidence is accumulating that endothelial cell stress is involved, and...
  14. Inverse association of the endogenous thrombin potential (ETP) with cardiovascular death: the Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health (LURIC) study.

    International Journal of Cardiology 176(1):139 (2014) PMID 25085378

    Coagulation and prothrombotic potential have genuinely been associated with increased cardiovascular risk. However, not all studies in this regard are conclusive. Some clinical trials have shown an increased frequency of cardiovascular complications in patients receiving direct thrombin inhibito...
  15. Evaluation of various biomarkers as potential mediators of the association between coffee consumption and incident type 2 diabetes in the EPIC-Potsdam Study.

    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 100(3):891 (2014) PMID 25057154

    The inverse association between coffee consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is well established; however, little is known about potential mediators of this association. We aimed to investigate the association between coffee consumption and diabetes-related biomarkers and their poten...
  16. Clinically relevant doses of FLT3-kinase inhibitors quizartinib and midostaurin do not impair T-cell reactivity and function.

    Haematologica 99(6):e90 (2014) PMID 24633870 PMCID PMC4040902

  17. Activated protein C based therapeutic strategies in chronic diseases.

    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 111(4):610 (2014) PMID 24652581

    Activated protein C (aPC) is a natural anticoagulant and a potent anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective agent. At the expense of increased bleeding risk aPC has been used - with some success - in sepsis. The design of cytoprotective-selective aPC variants circumvents this limitation of increased ...
  18. Plasma fibroblast growth factor 23, parathyroid hormone, 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, and risk of heart failure: a prospective, case-cohort study.

    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 99(3):947 (2014) PMID 24423292

    Bone mineral metabolism may play a role in the development of heart failure (HF). The aim of the study was to investigate the relationships of plasma fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 23, PTH, and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] with incident congestive HF in a population-based cohort of men and wo...
  19. Clozapine promotes glycolysis and myelin lipid synthesis in cultured oligodendrocytes.

    Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 8:384 (2014) PMID 25477781 PMCID PMC4235405

    Clozapine displays stronger systemic metabolic side effects than haloperidol and it has been hypothesized that therapeutic antipsychotic and adverse metabolic effects of these drugs are related. Considering that cerebral disconnectivity through oligodendrocyte dysfunction has been implicated in ...
  20. Negative interactions and feedback regulations are required for transient cellular response.

    Scientific reports 4:3718 (2014) PMID 24430195 PMCID PMC3893651

    Signal transduction is a process required to conduct information from a receptor to the nucleus. This process is vital for the control of cellular function and fate. The dynamics of signaling activation and inhibition determine processes such as apoptosis, proliferation, and differentiation. Thu...