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The Medical University of Innsbruck is a university in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria. It used to be one of the four historical faculties of the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck but became an independent university in 2004. Wikipedia.

Fellner L.,Innsbruck Medical University
Molecular neurobiology | Year: 2013

α-Synuclein (AS)-positive inclusions are the pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), all belonging to the category of α-synucleinopathies. α-Synucleinopathies represent progressive neurodegenerative disorders characterised by increasing incidences in the population over the age of 65. The relevance of glial reactivity and dysfunction in α-synucleinopathies is highlighted by numerous experimental evidences. Glial AS inclusion pathology is prominent in oligodendroglia of MSA (glial cytoplasmic inclusions) and is a common finding in astroglial cells of PD and DLB, resulting in specific dysfunctional responses. Involvement of AS-dependent astroglial and microglial activation in neurodegenerative mechanisms, and therefore in disease initiation and progression, has been suggested. The aim of this review is to summarise and discuss the multifaceted responses of glial cells in α-synucleinopathies. The beneficial, as well as detrimental, effects of glial cells on neuronal viability are taken into consideration to draw an integrated picture of glial roles in α-synucleinopathies. Furthermore, an overview on therapeutic approaches outlines the difficulties of translating promising experimental studies into successful clinical trials targeting candidate glial pathomechanisms.

Rederstorff M.,Innsbruck Medical University
Nucleic acids research | Year: 2010

Up to 450,000 non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have been predicted to be transcribed from the human genome. However, it still has to be elucidated which of these transcripts represent functional ncRNAs. Since all functional ncRNAs in Eukarya form ribonucleo-protein particles (RNPs), we generated specialized cDNA libraries from size-fractionated RNPs and validated the presence of selected ncRNAs within RNPs by glycerol gradient centrifugation. As a proof of concept, we applied the RNP method to human Hela cells or total mouse brain, and subjected cDNA libraries, generated from the two model systems, to deep-sequencing. Bioinformatical analysis of cDNA sequences revealed several hundred ncRNP candidates. Thereby, ncRNAs candidates were mainly located in intergenic as well as intronic regions of the genome, with a significant overrepresentation of intron-derived ncRNA sequences. Additionally, a number of ncRNAs mapped to repetitive sequences. Thus, our RNP approach provides an efficient way to identify new functional small ncRNA candidates, involved in RNP formation.

BACKGROUND: Coagulopathy related to massive bleeding has a multifactorial aetiology. Coagulopathy is related to shock and blood loss including consumption of clotting factors and platelets and hemodilution. Additionally hyperfibrinolysis, hypothermia, acidosis, and metabolic changes affect the coagulation system. The aim of any hemostatic therapy is to control bleeding and minimize blood loss and transfusion requirements. Transfusion of allogeneic blood products as well as the presence of coagulopathy cause increased morbidity and mortality. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This paper presents a short review on new treatment strategies of coagulopathy, related to massive blood loss. RESULTS: Paradigms are actively changing and there is still shortage of data. However, there is increasing experience and evidence that "target controlled algorithms" using point-of-care monitoring devices and coagulation factor concentrates are more effective compared to transfusion of fresh frozen plasma, independently of the individual clinical situation. CONCLUSION: Future treatment of coagulopathy associated with massive bleeding can be based on an individualized point-of-care guided rational use of coagulation factor concentrates such as fibrinogen, prothrombin complex concentrate, and recombinant factor VIIa. The timely and rational use of coagulation factor concentrates may be more efficacious and safer than ratio-driven use of transfusion packages of allogeneic blood products.

In this study we have evaluated the suitability of a sheathless capillary electrophoresis-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (CE-ESI-MS) interface with a porous tip as the nanospray emitter for use in peptide analysis. A positively charged capillary coating and 0.1% formic acid as background electrolyte were used for separation upstream from mass spectrometry characterization. The influence of the distance between emitter tip and MS inlet, ESI voltage applied, and of the electroosmotic flow (EOF) on electrospray performance and efficiency of the system was investigated in detail. Under optimized conditions, less than 30 amol of a model peptide (angiotensin I) was required for a detection in the base peak electropherogram and positive identification via tandem MS. Three different cationic capillary coatings were investigated for stability, resolution, and EOF and were found to enable reproducible separations by CE-ESI-MS. After optimizing MS settings, the effectiveness of the CE-ESI-MS method developed was compared with a state-of-the-art nano-liquid chromatography (LC)-ESI-MS method by analyzing Arg-C-digested rat testis linker histones with both systems. With comparable amounts of sample applied, the number of identified peptides increased by more than 60% when using CE-ESI-MS. We found that low molecular mass peptides (below 1400 Da) were preferentially identified by CE-ESI-MS, since this group of peptides poorly interacted with the reversed-phase material in the nano-LC system. Finally, total analysis time in LC-ESI-MS for three runs including equilibration was nearly 4 times longer than that of CE-ESI-MS: 246 versus 66 min.

Humpel C.,Innsbruck Medical University
Trends in Biotechnology | Year: 2011

The identification and validation of biomarkers for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia are increasingly important. To date, ELISA measurement of β-amyloid(1-42), total tau and phospho-tau-181 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the most advanced and accepted method to diagnose probable AD with high specificity and sensitivity. However, it is a great challenge to search for novel biomarkers in CSF and blood by using modern potent methods, such as microarrays and mass spectrometry, and to optimize the handling of samples (e.g. collection, transport, processing, and storage), as well as the interpretation using bioinformatics. It seems likely that only a combined analysis of several biomarkers will define a patient-specific signature to diagnose AD in the future. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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