Adam Janusz Ziecik

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We investigated the antitumoral efficacy, endocrine consequences, and molecular mechanisms underlying cell death induced by the Hecate-chorionic gonadotropin (CG)beta conjugate, a fusion protein of a 23-amino acid lytic peptide Hecate with a 15-amino acid (81-95) fragment of the human CGbeta chain. Transgenic (TG) mice expressing the inhibin alpha-subunit(More)
Improvement of cancer treatment is a major challenge of medical research. Despite the immense efforts made in the improvement of diagnosis and treatment, cancer remains a major concern and cause of morbidity and mortality. Most of the modern anti-neoplastic therapies have severe side effects, and tumor cells often develop drug resistance. There is promise(More)
Luteinizing hormone/human chorionic gonadotropin (LH/hCG) receptors are widely expressed in gonadal cells, however, the presence of these receptors has also been demonstrated in several other non-gonadal female and male tissues. The expression level of non-gonadal LH/hCG receptors is much lower than in gonads, although their expression is regulated by(More)
LH appears to be a potent stimulator of the release of endometrial prostaglandins (PGs) in the pig. The aim of the present studies was to examine the effect of LH on PGF2alpha and PGE2 secretion by cultured porcine endometrial cells on days 10-12 and 14-16 of the oestrous cycle and to compare its action with oxytocin. A time-dependent effect of LH (10(More)
Two experiments were conducted to study the time of occurrence of the preovulatory LH surge in pigs. Sampling every ten minutes in six cycling gilts before and after onset of standing estrus revealed the preovulatory surge began from 8 hr before to 12 hr after the lordosis reflex was elicited. Three of six gilts initiated the preovulatory LH release(More)
In the female reproductive system, as in a few adult tissues, angiogenesis occurs as a normal process and is essential for normal tissue growth and development. In the ovary, new blood vessel formation facilitates oxygen, nutrients, and hormone substrate delivery, and also secures transfer of different hormones to targeted cells. Ovarian follicle and the(More)
Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) is an essential factor in the regulation of synthesis and release of pituitary gonadotropins. After binding to specific receptors and coupling with G proteins, it triggers the intracellular signaling involving the synthesis of inositol phosphates and diacylglycerol. Previously we have showed that certain metal complexes(More)
Endometrial prostaglandins (PGs) and the PGE2/PGF2alpha ratio play an important role in regulating the estrous cycle and establishment of pregnancy. The enzymes downstream of cyclooxygenase-2 may determine the PGE2/PGF2alpha ratio in the porcine uterus. Thus, we have cloned porcine PGF synthase (PGFS) and microsomal PGE synthase-1 (mPGES-1) and(More)
Steroid hormones are known to affect synthesis and/or release of some peptides in the central nervous system and peripheral tissues. In the present study we determined changes in beta-endorphin, GnRH and galanin contents in uterine and oviductal tissues of ovariectomized (OVX) gilts following treatment with estradiol benzoate (EB) at a dose inducing a(More)
OBJECTIVES Neural control of the anterior pituitary function consists of the interplay of neuropeptides action, gonadal steroid hormones and many other factors. The physiological effect of this regulatory action is the release and synthesis of protein hormones in the precise time and quantity. The main factor responsible for the gonadotropins release and(More)