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Transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) is a potent inhibitor of cell growth, whose action is transduced through interaction between type I (RI) and type II (RII) receptors. Abnormal expression of these receptors has been identified in several human cancers and was found to be associated with resistance to TGFbeta. TGFbeta RII mutations occur in many(More)
Treatment of marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) with thalidomide (Thd) or its derivative EM12 (which is also teratogenic, but more stable to hydrolysis) resulted in the lack of reaction of adhesion surface receptors (integrins) on T lymphocytes in venous blood. Lymphocyte subsets appeared, for example CD4+CD2−, which are not found under normal conditions, (a)(More)
For transdermal absorption studies, a porcine skin model that maintains the characteristics of the skin as close to physiological conditions as possible should be established because of the close similarity of porcine and human skin. Perfusion flow, glucose concentration, and oxygen supply were varied and organ resistance and lactate concentration were(More)
The goal of this study was to test the feasibility of BALB/c mice as an experimental model in the study of dengue disease. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneal infected with DENV-2 obtained from a human patient. Histopathological analysis of infected animals revealed liver injury with viral antigens detection. In initial stages, the most prominent lesions were(More)
It is largely established that molecules first discovered in the nervous system are also found in the immune system. Neuropilin-1 (NP-1) was initially identified to mediate semaphorin-induced chemorepulsion during brain development and is also involved in peripheral T cell/dendritic cell interactions. Herein, we studied NP-1 during T cell development in the(More)
One difficulty in studying dengue virus (DENV) is the lack of an experimental model that reproduces the human disease. In a previous work, we have shown that BALB/c mice intraperitoneally inoculated with a DENV-2 isolate presented viremia and mild focal areas of liver injuries. In this study, mice were inoculated by the intravenous route and presented(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize functional parameters in the isolated and normothermic hemoperfused porcine beating heart model after pathophysiological stimuli for extended perfusion periods. Hearts were prepared and connected to a specially developed perfusion equipment, which simultaneously allowed perfusion with warm autologous blood as well(More)
The objective of this study was the assessment of heart-rate (HR) dynamics with linear and nonlinear methods during episodes of mechanical ventilation and acute anoxia in rats. Namely, to assess whether linear and nonlinear HR analysis was able to discriminate acute anoxia from baseline in rats and if this was consistent with human foetal and adult studies.(More)