Aušra Imbrasaitė

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The aim of this work was to characterize the role of the potential of phenoxyl radical/phenol redox couple, E(7)(2), in the cytotoxicity of polyphenols. The cytotoxicity of polyphenols in bovine leukemia virus-transformed lamb kidney fibroblasts (line FLK), and human promyelocytic leukemia cells (line HL-60) was partly inhibited by catalase, by the(More)
We examined the influence of connexin (Cx) expression on the development of apoptosis in HeLa parental cells (coupling deficient cell line) and HeLa cells expressing wild-type Cx43 and Cxs fused with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). EGFP was attached to the C-terminus of Cx32 and Cx43, Cx32-EGFP and Cx43-EGFP, respectively, and to the N-terminus(More)
Apoptosis in heart failure has been intensively investigated in vitro and in vivo. Stem cells have therapeutic value in the direct treatment of diseases, including cardiovascular disease. The main drawback of stem cell therapy is their poor survival in the diseased tissues. Since intracellular mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) actively participate(More)
Recent evidence shows that tumor microenvironment containing heterogeneous cells may be involved in cancer initiation, growth and tumor cell response to anticancer therapy. Chemotherapy was designed to make toxic impact on malicious cells in organisms, however, the means to protect healthy cells against chemical toxicity are still unsuccessful. As known,(More)
Daunorubicin (as well as other anthracyclines) is known to be toxic to heart cells and other cells in organism thus limiting its applicability in human cancer therapy. To investigate possible mechanisms of daunorubicin cytotoxicity, we used stem cell lines derived from adult rabbit skeletal muscle. Recently, we have shown that daunorubicin induces apoptotic(More)
Improvement in the yield of adult organism stem cells, and the ability to manage their differentiation and survival potential are the major goals in their application in regenerative medicine and in the adult stem cell research. We have demonstrated that adult rabbit muscle-derived cell lines with an unlimited proliferative potential in vitro can(More)
UNLABELLED Aziridinylquinone RH-1 (2,5-diaziridinyl-3-hydroxymethyl-6-methyl-cyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione) is a potential anticancer agent. RH-1 action is associated with NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1) which reduces this diaziridinylbenzoquinone into DNA-alkylating hydroquinone and is overexpressed in many tumors. Another suggested mechanism of(More)
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