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Cyclooxygenases (COXs) are key enzymes in the conversion of arachidonic acid into prostanoids which are involved in apoptosis and inflammation. Two distinct COXs have been identified: COX-1 which is constitutively expressed and COX-2 which is induced by different products such as tumor promoters or growth factors. Previously, we demonstrated that a plant(More)
In this paper, eight natural molecules structurally close to diosgenin (five saponins: diosgenin, hecogenin, tigogenin, sarsasapogenin, smilagenin; two steroidal alkaloids: solasodine, solanidine; one sterol: stigmasterol) have been tested for their biological activities on human 1547 osteosarcoma cells. Differences in activity were studied in term of(More)
In the present study, we have shown for the first time that a plant steroid, diosgenin, causes an inhibition of the growth of fibroblast-like synoviocytes from human rheumatoid arthritis, with apoptosis induction associated with cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) up-regulation. Celecoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor, provoked a large decrease in diosgenin-induced(More)
Regulation of growth arrest and apoptosis are, in part, controlled by the tumor suppressor p53 after its phosphorylation which causes a determinant role in its functional activation. Moreover, PPAR regulate many functions such as proliferation and apoptosis. We compared the biological activity of diosgenin with hecogenin and tigogenin, plant steroids(More)
Many natural components of plant extracts are studied for their beneficial effects for health and particularly on carcinogenesis chemoprevention. In the present study, we investigated the effects of diosgenin on erythroleukemia HEL cells. Our results demonstrated that diosgenin induced G2/M arrest of cell cycle progression through p21 up-regulation in a(More)
Angiogenic factors such as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were previously studied in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) but little is known concerning the anti-angiogenic response in ALL. At diagnosis, the plasma levels of the anti-angiogenic factor endostatin were significantly higher in 33(More)
Previously, we demonstrated that a plant steroid, diosgenin, altered cell cycle distribution and induced apoptosis in the human osteosarcoma 1547 cell line. The objective of this study was to investigate if the antiproliferative effect of diosgenin was similar for different human cancer cell lines such as laryngocarcinoma HEp-2 and melanoma M4Beu cells.(More)
Protein Z (PZ) is a vitamin K-dependent protein isolated from human plasma, and acts as a cofactor for a serpin, called protein Z-dependent protease inhibitor (ZPI). A prothrombotic phenotype has been reported in PZ deficient mice, and PZ deficiencies have been observed in patients with arterial thrombotic events. PZ was immunologically detected in the(More)
1.We review the specific approaches for lung tissue slices preparation and incubation systems and the research application fields in which lung slices proved to be a very efficient alternative to animal experimentation for biomechanical, physiological, pharmacological and toxicological approaches. 2.Focus is made on air-liquid interface dynamic organ(More)
Neuroblastoma is one of the most common cancers in children. Neuroblastoma differentiation is linked to the presence of the promyelocytic leukemia (PML) protein. Retinoic acid, a powerful differentiation-inducer in vitro, is a potent agent for the treatment of neuroblastoma. Using two different human neuroblastoma cell lines, SH-SY5Y and LA-N-5, we show(More)