Cheryl L. Klein

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Food allergies represent an important health problem in industrialized countries. Undeclared allergens as contaminants in food products pose a major risk for sensitized persons. A proposal to amend the European Food Labelling Directive requires that all ingredients intentionally added to food products will have to be included on the label. Reliable(More)
Cultured mesothelial cells (HOMES) are very responsive to the proinflammatory cytokines, interleukin (IL)-1 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). E-selectin, ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 are known to play an important role, because they are presented by diverse cell types, for example endothelial cells (ECs), and interact with co-responding ligands on white(More)
A quantitative method to assess cell proliferation is one essential prerequisite for testing biomaterial cytocompatibility in vitro. Currently used methods, e.g. bromodeoxyuridine incorporation, show serious disadvantages concerning either sensitivity, specificity or handling. A new enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) system for the quantification of(More)
Mesothelial cells are actively involved in inflammatory processes by expressing a set of cell adhesion molecules (CAMs). Transmigration of leukocytes into inflamed tissues requires a chemotactic stimulus and engagement of platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1). To investigate the kinetics involved in peritonitis, pure cultures of(More)
We analyzed the influence of heavy-metal ions on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in comparison to proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-alpha, IL-1beta) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Adhesion molecule and cytokine expressions are upregulated by heavy-metal exposure. Expression of E-selectin on the cell surface was strongly induced by 1-mM(More)
The past two decades have witnessed a revolution in our understanding of chemical processes in living organisms. This is mainly a result of the massive advances in the fields of cell and molecular biology. These techniques are highly relevant to the biomaterials sector, as they offer the scientist the possibility to better understand the mechanisms involved(More)
Morphological changes of human polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) adhering to hydrophilic (glass) and hydrophobic (FEP-Teflon, polyethylene, polypropylene) surfaces were studied in a parallel-plate flow chamber at the light and scanning electron microscopical levels. The PMN were exposed to a shear stress of 0.19 Pa (1.9 dynes cm-2) or were allowed to(More)
Receptor-mediated recognition of substrate molecules is a prerequisite for nerve cells in order to find their target structures in vivo and leads to formation of neuronal connections and networks. In order to study these mechanisms under in vitro conditions, we cultured embryonic hippocampal neurons or neuronal cell lines, SH-SY5Y and PCC7-PCC7-Mz1, onto(More)
Metastasis is a complicated multi-step process involving interactions between tumour cells, the extracellular matrix and the vessel walls. Experimental observations suggest that leucocyte migration and function could be a suitable model in order to understand tumour cell dissemination. In the present report we show and quantify the production of free(More)
Endothelial cells (ECs) are very responsive to proinflammatory cytokines. ECs are stimulated by these substances to increase expression of cell surface adhesion molecules, leading to dramatically altered interactions with leukocytes. In these interactions, E-selectin, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1)(More)