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BACKGROUND Increasing evidence points to a important role for inflammatory cytokines for the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease. AIM To compare the secretion rate of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) by morphologically normal and inflamed intestinal mucosa from patients with Crohn's disease. (More)
OBJECTIVE Microparticles are membrane vesicles with procoagulant and proinflammatory properties released during cell activation, including apoptosis. The present study was designed in dissecting the effects evoked by microparticles on vascular reactivity. METHODS AND RESULTS Microparticles from either apoptotic T lymphocytic cells or from plasma of(More)
OBJECTIVES Flavonoids are phenolic compounds found in most edible fruits and vegetables. Previous studies have demonstrated their biological and beneficial effects on human health. However, their bioavailability and, in particular, their intestinal absorption mechanism have not yet been clearly identified. The aim of our work was to quantify and to(More)
As a prerequisite to nonviral gene therapy approaches of ovarian carcinoma, we evaluated the possibility of transfecting established tumor cell lines (SKOV3, IGROV1) as well as primary mesothelial and tumor cells by various polyethylenimine (PEI) derivatives. Several PEI-based vectors were able to effectively transfect these cells, as shown by high(More)
The retinoblastoma protein (pRB) is encoded by the RB1 gene whose promoter contains several putative binding sites for ICBP90 (Inverted CCAAT box Binding Protein of 90 kDa), a transcriptional regulator of the topoisomerase IIalpha gene. ICBP90 has two consensus binding sites for pRB in its primary sequence. Here, we show that pRB and ICBP90(More)
Mycophenolic acid (MPA), an inhibitor of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase, in nanomolar concentrations blocks proliferative responses of cultured human, mouse and rat T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes to mitogens or in mixed lymphocyte reactions. The inhibitory effect of MPA on lymphocyte proliferation is reversed by addition to culture media of(More)
Several reports have described the potential effects of natural compounds as anti-cancer agents in vitro as well as in vivo. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-cancer effect of Limoniastrum guyonianum aqueous gall extract (G extract) and luteolin in the human cervical cancer HeLa cell line, and, if so, to clarify the underlying mechanism. Our(More)
The aim of reverse pharmacognosy is to find new biological targets for natural compounds by virtual or real screening and identify natural resources that contain the active molecules. To demonstrate the applicability of this concept, we report here a study on epsilon-viniferin, an active ingredient for cosmetic development. Nevertheless, this natural(More)
The salvage anti-tumoral pathway which implicates the p53-related p73 gene is not yet fully characterized. We therefore attempted to identify the up- and down-stream events involved in the activation of the p73-dependent pro-apoptotic pathway, by focusing on the anti-apoptotic and epigenetic integrator UHRF1 which is essential for cell cycle progression.(More)