Anne L. Plant

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Few technologies are more widespread in modern biological laboratories than imaging. Recent advances in optical technologies and instrumentation are providing hitherto unimagined capabilities. Almost all these advances have required the development of software to enable the acquisition, management, analysis and visualization of the imaging data. We review(More)
Uptake of benzo(a)pyrene by living cultured cells has been visualized in real time using digital fluorescence-imaging microscopy. Benzo(a)pyrene was noncovalently associated with lipoproteins, as a physiologic mode of presentation of the carcinogen to cells. When incubated with either human fibroblasts or murine P388D1 macrophages, benzo(a)pyrene uptake(More)
Four murine macrophage-like continuous cell lines (P388D1, J774.1, RAW 264.7, and PU5-1.8) and two human cell lines displaying macrophage-monocyte characteristics (HL-60, U-937) have been examined for their ability to degrade both normal and acetylated low-density lipoproteins. All of these cell lines, except PU5-1.8, were demonstrated to have LDL receptors(More)
Different genomic technologies have been applied to cell line authentication, but only one method (short tandem repeat [STR] profiling) has been the subject of a comprehensive and definitive standard (ASN-0002). Here we discuss the power of this document and why standards such as this are so critical for establishing the consensus technical criteria and(More)
The oil sands industry located in northeastern Alberta, Canada, generates large volumes of effluent characterized by a high level of dissolved ions and naphthenic acids. The dikes used to store the effluent seep, creating wetlands which are subsequently invaded by obligate wetland flora such as cattail (Typha latifolia L.). The appearance of these wetlands(More)
Spatially resolved details of the interactions of cells with a fibronectin modified surface were examined using surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRI). SPRI is a label-free technique that is based on the spatial measurement of interfacial refractive index. SPRI is sensitive to short range interactions between cells and their substratum. The high contrast(More)
The enzyme tissue transglutaminase 2 (TG2) appears to play an important role in several physiological processes such as wound healing, the progression of cancer and of vascular disease. Additionally, TG2 has been proposed as a means of stabilizing collagen extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. In this report, we examined(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMC) cultured on gels of fibrillar type I collagen or denatured collagen (gelatin) comprise a model system that has been widely used for studying the role of the extracellular matrix in vascular diseases such as hypertension, restenosis and athrosclerosis. Despite the wide use of this model system, there are several(More)
The interaction of small phospholipid vesicles with well-characterized surfaces has been studied to assess the effect of the surface free energy of the underlying monolayer on the formation of phospholipid/alkanethiol hybrid bilayer membranes (HBMs). The surface free energy was changed in a systematic manner using single-component alkanethiol monolayers and(More)
Many model systems and measurement tools have been engineered for observing and quantifying the effect of mechanics on cellular response. These have contributed greatly to our current knowledge of the molecular events by which mechanical cues affect cell biology. Cell responses to the mechanical properties of type 1 collagen gels are discussed, followed by(More)