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We describe a protocol for easy isolation and culture of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to supply every researcher with a method that can be applied in cell biology laboratories with minimum equipment. Endothelial cells (ECs) are isolated from umbilical vein vascular wall by a collagenase treatment, then seeded on fibronectin-coated plates(More)
This study was performed in rats to investigate the effect of a psychogenic stress during late gestation on the immediate behavior and brain oxidative status in dams as well as on the immune cell counts in their offspring up to weaning. Besides, the ability of quercetin (a natural flavonoid) to prevent stress effects was evaluated. Quercetin was orally(More)
The endothelium is the first physiological barrier between blood and tissues and can be injured by physical or chemical stress, particularly by the drugs used in cancer therapy. We found that four anticancer agents: etoposide, doxorubicin, bleomycin and paclitaxel induced apoptosis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) (as judged by DNA(More)
We have undertaken to continue the proteomic study of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) using the combination of 2-DE, automated trypsin digestion, and PMF analysis after MALDI-TOF MS and peptide sequencing using nano LC-ESI-MS/MS. The overall functional characterization of the 162 identified proteins from primary cultures of HUVECs confirms(More)
Chemotherapeutic regimens have been indicated to negatively impact the quality of life for patients. Adriamycin (ADR) is an effective chemotherapeutic agent widely employed for the treatment of human's malignancies; however, it may cause serious side effects. The present study was aimed at investigating the effects of acute administration of ADR on(More)
Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) is a peptidyldipeptide hydrolase that is located mainly on the luminal surface of vascular endothelial cells but also in cells derived from the monocyte-macrophage system. Physiologically, ACE is a key enzyme in the renin-angiotensin system, converting angiotensin I into the potent vasopressor angiotensin II and also(More)
Cell damage within the sinusoidal lining of human liver grafts during transplantation is an early event that is critical in ischemia-reperfusion injury and probably plays a key role in primary liver dysfunction after transplantation. No simple biochemical marker for sinusoidal injury is currently available. Because creatine kinase activity has been(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors were shown to improve endothelial dysfunction in various human diseases and some of these inhibitors have been proposed as enhancers of antioxidant defences. We measured glutathione peroxidase (GPX), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and malondialdehyde (MDA) in human endothelial cells treated with captopril or(More)
  • B Baudin
  • 2000
An insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene has been described in chromosome 17q23 of the human genome. Subjects with the genotype DD have markedly higher plasma ACE levels than those with genotype II; although ACE concentration in plasma is not rate-limiting for the production of angiotensin II, it has been(More)
Molecular variants of individual components of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) have been thought to contribute to an inherited predisposition towards essential hypertension. The angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT-1) mediates the major pressor and trophic actions of angiotensin II (Ang II) and at least 50 different polymorphisms have been described in the(More)