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Results of rapid cell viability assays were experimentally compared in order to reveal the most suitable test for in vitro investigations of the combination of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with chemotherapeutic drugs. meso-Tetra(3-hydroxyphenyl)-chlorin (m-THPC) accumulating in cell membranes and meso-tetra(4-sulfonatophenyl)-porphin (TPPS4) accumulating in(More)
Apoptosis is induced in various tumor cell lines by vector-dependent overexpression of the conserved gene C1D that encodes a DNA-binding and DNA-PK-activating protein. C1D is physiologically expressed in 50 human tissues tested, which points to its basic cellular function. The expression of this gene must be tightly regulated because elevated levels of C1D(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate cytotoxic and antitumor effects of a conventional anticancer drug Doxorubicin (Dox) and photodynamic therapy (PDT) mediated by a promising photosensitizer of second generation meta-tetra (3-hydroxyphenyl)-chlorin (mTHPC) in combination. METHODS Murine hepatoma MH-22A was used for investigation in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, the cells(More)
The impact of intensity of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation on death of photosensitized murine hepatoma MH22 cells in vitro has been investigated. Cells photosensitized with meso-tetra(4-sulfonatophenyl)-porphine localized to lysosomes died mostly by necrosis, and the mode of cell death did not depend on the energy metabolism. Photosensitization(More)
The progressive responses to photodynamic treatment (lambda > 590 nm) mediated by Temoporfin have been investigated in vitro on two rodent cell lines: BHK and murine hepatoma MH22 cells. Comparisons are made of two light exposure/post-exposure incubation media: Dulbecco's minimal essential medium (DMEM) and phosphate-buffered saline (DPBS) depleted of(More)
The lipase from Pseudomonas mendocina 3121-1 was found to be homogeneous with a molecular mass of 30 kDa by SDS/PAGE. It is composed of two identical subunits. A molecular mass of 62 kDa was determined by gel chromatography on a Toyopearl HW-55F column. Some physicochemical properties of the lipase were investigated using p-nitrophenyl butyrate (p-NPB),(More)
Proteases and their inhibitors are indispensable for the regulated activation and/or degradation of structural and functional proteins involved in basic cellular processes, e.g. in cell cycle control, cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis. In this context the serine protease inhibitors derived from the murine Spi-1, Spi-2 and Spi-3 genes, and their(More)
Cell lysis in presence of SDS and proteinase K followed by salting-out of residual polypeptides by dehydration and precipitation with saturated sodium chloride solution [Miller, S.A., Dykes, D.D. and Polesky, H.F., Nucleic Acids Res., 16, 1215, 1988] efficiently resolves deproteinized DNA. However, this DNA is still associated with prominent polypeptides(More)
DNA from Ehrlich ascites tumor (EAT) cells and from human placenta was examined for covalent bonds between hydroxy amino acid residues in peptides and nucleotide phosphate groups. The residual proteinaceous material in highly purified DNA was radiolabelled with 125Iodine and the linking-groups between peptides and nucleotides released by combined protease(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer induces oxidative stress, which intervenes in the expression of cytokines by tumor cells. The cytokines might have either a positive or a negative impact on tumor eradication. Here, we studied the expression of cytokines vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-1alpha (IL-1alpha) in the human epidermoid(More)