Barbora Hermankova

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UNLABELLED Stem cell-based therapy has become an attractive and promising approach for the treatment of severe injuries or thus-far incurable diseases. However, the use of stem cells is often limited by a shortage of available tissue-specific stem cells; therefore, other sources of stem cells are being investigated and tested. In this respect, mesenchymal(More)
This study was focused on characterizing the differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into corneal-like cells. Mouse MSCs were isolated from the bone marrow, grown in cell culture for 3 weeks, and purified using a magnetic activated cell sorter. Purified MSCs were cultured with an extract prepared from excised corneas and in the(More)
The immunoregulatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been well documented in various models in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, a population of regulatory B cells (Bregs) that produce relatively high concentrations of IL-10 has been recently described. To study the relationship between MSCs and Bregs, we analyzed the effects of MSCs on IL-10(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent a population of cells which have the ability to regulate reactivity of T and B lymphocytes by multiple mechanisms. The immunoregulatory activities of MSCs are strictly influenced by the cytokine environment. Here we show that two functionally distinct cytokines, interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ),(More)
Immunosuppressive drugs are widely used to treat undesirable immune reaction, however their clinical use is often limited by harmful side effects. The combined application of immunosuppressive agents with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) offers a promising alternative approach that enables the reduction of immunosuppressive agent doses and simultaneously(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the effect of molecular hydrogen (H2) on the healing of alkali-injured cornea. The effects of the solution of H2 in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or PBS alone topically applied on the alkali-injured rabbit cornea with 0.25 M NaOH were investigated using immunohistochemical and biochemical methods. Central corneal(More)
UNLABELLED Retinal diseases represent a large group of hereditary and acquired diseases that often lead to loss of vision. There is currently no effective treatment of retinal degeneration, only supportive therapy is used for treating numerous diseases. Perspective treatment of retinal diseases represent a cell therapy using stem cells. Suitable candidates(More)
Retinal degenerative diseases, which include age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, mostly affect the elderly population, and are the most common cause of decreased quality of vision or even blindness. So far, there is no satisfactory treatment protocol to prevent, stop or cure these disorders. A great(More)
Retinal disorders represent the main cause of decreased quality of vision and even blindness worldwide. The loss of retinal cells causes irreversible damage of the retina, and there are currently no effective treatment protocols for most retinal degenerative diseases. A promising approach for the treatment of retinal disorders is represented by stem(More)
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