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Articles by M Schiller
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  E. M Valera , J Biederman , S. V Faraone , N Makris , M. C Monuteaux , S Whitfield Gabrieli , M Vitulano , M Schiller and L. J. Seidman

Although attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults is associated with significant morbidity and dysfunction and afflicts both sexes, relatively few imaging studies have examined female subjects and none have had sufficient power to adequately examine sex differences. The authors examined sex differences in the neural functioning of adults with ADHD during performance of a verbal working memory task.


The participants were 44 adults with ADHD matched on age, sex, and estimated IQ to 49 comparison subjects. Accuracy and reaction time on an N-back task were measured to assess working memory. The blood-oxygen-level-dependent functional MRI response was used as a measure of neural activity.


A group-by-sex analysis of variance showed no between-group differences in either reaction time or percent correct for the working memory task. For both sexes combined, the adults with ADHD showed less activity than comparison subjects in prefrontal regions. However, sex-by-group analyses revealed an interaction, such that male ADHD subjects showed significantly less activity in right frontal, temporal, and subcortical regions and left occipital and cerebellar regions relative to male comparison subjects, whereas female ADHD subjects showed no differences from female comparison subjects. Exploratory correlation analyses revealed negative associations between working-memory-related activation and number of hyperactive symptoms for men and number of inattentive symptoms for women.


Male but not female adults with ADHD showed significantly altered patterns of neural activity during a verbal working memory task. Men and women showed different associations between neural activity and ADHD symptoms.

  S Seehaus , K Shahzad , M Kashif , I. A Vinnikov , M Schiller , H Wang , T Madhusudhan , V Eckstein , A Bierhaus , F Bea , E Blessing , H Weiler , D Frommhold , P. P Nawroth and B. Isermann

Background— Clinical studies failed to provide clear evidence for a proatherogenic role of hypercoagulability. This is in contrast to the well-established detrimental role of hypercoagulability and thrombin during acute atherosclerotic complications. These seemingly opposing data suggest that hypercoagulability might exert both proatherogenic and antiatherogenic effects. We therefore investigated whether hypercoagulability mediates a beneficial effect during de novo atherogenesis.

Methods and Results— De novo atherogenesis was evaluated in 2 mouse models with hyperlipidemia and genetically imposed hypercoagulability (TMPro/ProApoE–/– and FVLQ/QApoE–/– mice). In both mouse models, hypercoagulability resulted in larger plaques, but vascular stenosis was not enhanced secondary to positive vascular remodeling. Importantly, plaque stability was increased in hypercoagulable mice with less necrotic cores, more extracellular matrix, more smooth muscle cells, and fewer macrophages. Long-term anticoagulation reversed these changes. The reduced frequency of intraplaque macrophages in hypercoagulable mice is explained by an inhibitory role of thrombin and protease-activated receptor-1 on monocyte transendothelial migration in vitro. This is dependent on phospholipase-Cβ, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, and nitric oxide signaling in monocytes but not in endothelial cells.

Conclusions— Here, we show a new function of the coagulation system, averting stenosis and plaque destabilization during de novo atherogenesis. The in vivo and in vitro data establish that thrombin-induced signaling via protease-activated receptor-1, phospholipase-Cβ, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, and nitric oxide in monocytes impairs monocyte transendothelial migration. This likely accounts for the reduced macrophage accumulation in plaques of hypercoagulable mice. Thus, in contrast to their role in unstable plaques or after vascular injury, hypercoagulability and thrombin convey a protective effect during de novo atherogenesis.

  A Kokot , D Metze , N Mouchet , M. D Galibert , M Schiller , T. A Luger and M. Bohm

Human skin is constantly exposed to UV light, the most ubiquitous environmental stressor. Here, we investigated the expression and regulation of Nrf1-3, transcription factors crucially involved in protection against oxidative stress in human skin cells in vitro, ex vivo, and in situ. In particular, we examined whether -MSH, a UV-induced peptide, is capable of modulating Nrf2 and Nrf-dependent gene expression. Nrf1, -2, and -3 were found to be expressed in various cutaneous cell types in vitro. Surprisingly, UVB irradiation at physiological doses (10 mJ/cm2) reduced Nrf2 and Nrf-dependent gene expression in normal keratinocytes and melanocytes in vitro as well as ex vivo in skin organ cultures. -MSH alone significantly increased Nrf2 as well as Nrf-dependent heme oxygenase-1, -glutamylcysteine-synthetase, and glutathione-S-transferase Pi gene expression in both keratinocytes and melanocytes. This effect of -MSH occurred at physiological doses and was due to transcriptional induction, mimicked by the artificial cAMP inducer forskolin, and blocked by protein kinase A pathway inhibition. In silico promoter analysis of Nrf2 further identified several putative binding sites for activator protein 1 and cAMP response element-binding protein, transcription factors typically activated by -MSH. Importantly, -MSH prevented or even overcompensated the UVB-induced suppression of Nrf2 and Nrf-dependent genes not only in normal keratinocytes and melanocytes in vitro but also in skin organ cultures. These findings, for the first time, show regulation of Nrf2 and Nrf-dependent genes by -MSH. Our data also highlight a novel facet in the cytoprotective and antioxidative effector mechanisms of -MSH and perhaps of related melanocortin peptides.

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