Barbara Monfils

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Although proliferation of small ductular-like cells, designated oval cells, is often observed during the early stages of chemically induced hepatocarcinogenesis, their role during the carcinogenic process remains controversial. To investigate the possibility that oval cells may give rise to preneoplastic lesions that ultimately progress to hepatocellular(More)
PURPOSE Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a cancer with uniformly poor responses to current therapeutic regimens. This study evaluates whether taurolidine, a novel antineoplastic agent, is effective against human MM cell lines and a murine model of human MM. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Cell growth inhibition and viability assays were performed on REN, LRK, and H28(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies indicate that after severe hemorrhage, immune functions are markedly depressed in males, whereas females do not show any depression. Although androgen depletion by castration of mice before soft-tissue trauma and hemorrhagic shock prevents the depression of cell-mediated immunity, it remains unknown whether testosterone per se is(More)
Although intestinal mucosal immune dysfunction occurs after trauma and hemorrhage and appears to contribute to infectious complications, the mechanism is not known. In this regard, the inappropriate induction of immune cell apoptosis may contribute to the immune dysfunction following trauma and hemorrhage. To study this, we examined Peyer's patch cells for(More)
Examination of rat hepatic cell lines has revealed a correlation between the differentiated state of the cells and the gap junctional proteins, or connexins, they express. The cell lines RLC (Gershenson et al, 1970) and FTO.2B (Killary et al, 1984) were examined and compared to primary adult hepatocytes for expression of fetal and adult hepatic antigens(More)
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