Bjorn Tore Gjertsen

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Khat chewing is a widespread habit that has a deep-rooted sociocultural tradition in Africa and the Middle East. The biological effects of khat are inadequately investigated and controversial. For the first time, we show that an organic extract of khat induces a selective type of cell death having all morphological and biochemical features of apoptotic cell(More)
The proteolytic modification of plasminogen activator inhibitor 2 (PAI-2) was studied during apoptosis in the human promyelocytic leukaemic NB4 cell line during treatment with the phosphatase inhibitors okadaic acid and calyculin A as well as the protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide. The apoptic type of cell death was ascertained by morphological and(More)
8-Cl-cAMP and 8-NH2-cAMP induced MCF-7 cell death. The type(s) of cell death were studied in more detail and compared with the cell death type (apoptosis) induced by okadaic acid, an inhibitor of serine/threonine phosphatases. By morphological criteria dying cells showed loss of cell-cell interactions and microvilli, condensation of nuclear chromatin and(More)
We have previously reported that the putative cytoprotective protease inhibitor, plasminogen activator inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2), is specifically cleaved during okadaic acid-induced apoptosis in a myeloid leukaemic cell line (Br J Cancer (1994) 70: 834-840). HL-60 cells exposed to okadaic acid and camptothecin underwent morphological and biochemical changes(More)
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