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In recent years, an exponentially growing number of studies have focused on identifying cancer stem cells (CSC) in human malignancies. The rare CSCs could be crucial in controlling and curing cancer: through asymmetric division CSCs supposedly drive tumor growth and evade therapy with the help of traits shared with normal stem cells such as quiescence,(More)
Cancer stem cell (CSC) biology is a rapidly developing field within cancer research. CSCs are postulated to be a unique cell population exclusively capable of infinite self renewal, multilineage differentiation and with ability to evade conventional cytotoxic cancer therapy. These traits distinguish CSCs from their more differentiated counterparts, which(More)
BACKGROUND Fluorescence resonance energy transfer applied in flow cytometry (FCET) is an excellent tool for determining supramolecular organization of biomolecules at the cell surface or inside the cell. Availability of new fluorophores and cytometers requires the establishment of fluorophore dye pairs most suitable for FCET measurements. METHODS A(More)
Potentiation of the antinociceptive effects of morphine by the tricyclic antidepressants was assayed in awake restrained rats using the tail-flick test. Intrathecally administered amitriptyline, desipramine or sertraline at doses that had no effect themselves (25-30 micrograms) potentiated a subthreshold parenteral dose of morphine (0.5 mg/kg). The morphine(More)
BACKGROUND The photobleaching fluorescence resonance energy transfer (pbFRET) technique is a spectroscopic method to measure proximity relations between fluorescently labeled macromolecules using digital imaging microscopy. To calculate the energy transfer values one has to determine the bleaching time constants in pixel-by-pixel fashion from the image(More)
Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a strongly distance-dependent process between a donor and an acceptor molecule, which can be used for sensitive distance measurements and characterization of molecular interactions at the nanometer level. The original mathematical description of this process, however, is only valid for the interaction of one(More)
The role of the expression patterns of proteins involved in oncogenesis can be understood after characterizing their multimolecular interactions. Conventional FRET methods permit the analysis of interaction between two molecular species at the most, which necessitates the introduction of new approaches for studying multicomponent signaling complexes. Flow(More)
The membrane potential of human T cells is regulated by two potassium channels: the voltage-gated K(V)1.3 and the Ca2+-activated K(Ca)3.1. These two channels are essential for efficient antigenic activation and proliferation of T cells and are expressed at different levels in naïve, central memory and effector memory T cells. This provides the opportunity(More)