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The expression of the ERG1, ERG3, ERG7, ERG9, ERG11 and ERG25 genes in response to incubation with fluconazole and biofilm formation was investigated using reverse-transcription PCR and real-time PCR in Candida albicans and Candida dubliniensis clinical isolates. The viability of biofilm was measured using an(More)
We applied linear unmixing approach to reveal individual components of intrinsic flavin fluorescence signal recorded in living cardiac cells by spectrally resolved confocal microscopy. Responses of whole-cell autofluorescence to modulators of cell metabolism and respiration were used as a tool of separation of its components; their spectral profiles,(More)
Bioluminescence is a common feature of the communication and defence of marine organisms, but this phenomenon is highly restricted in the terrestrial biota. Here, we present a geographical distribution of only the third order of luminescent insects—luminescent cockroaches, with all 13 known and/or herein reported new living species (based on deposited(More)
A new setup for time-resolved fluorescence micro-spectroscopy of cells, based on multi-dimensional time-correlated single photon counting, was designed and tested. Here we demonstrate that the spectrometer allows fast and reproducible measurements of endogenous flavin fluorescence measured directly in living cardiac cells after excitation with visible(More)
In this work, phospholipid liposomes were used to investigate the influence of lipid negative charge on the interaction of merocyanine 540 (MC540) with model membranes. Liposomes were prepared from a mixture of neutral dimyristoyl lecithin (DMPC) and negatively charged dimyristoyl phosphatidic acid (DMPA). A strong dependence between the presence of charges(More)
Baeyer–Villiger biooxidation of 4-methylcyclohexanone–5-methyloxepane-2-one catalysed by recombinant Escherichia coli overexpressing cyclopentanone monooxygenase encapsulated in polyelectrolyte complex capsules was used to investigate effect of substrate conversion on the viability of cells. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) was used to assess cell(More)
The Candida antigen CR3-RP (complement receptor 3-related protein) is supposed to be a 'mimicry' protein because of its ability to bind antibody directed against the alpha subunit of the mammalian CR3 (CD11b/CD18). This study aimed to (i) investigate the specific humoral isotypic response to immunization with CR3-RP in vivo in a rabbit animal model, and(More)
Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy have been used for the study of the incorporation kinetics of hypericin (Hyp) into low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Biphasic kinetics of Hyp association with LDL was observed when solutions of Hyp and LDL were mixed at various concentration ratios. The rapid phase of Hyp incorporation is completed(More)
A fluorescence imaging technique was used to monitor intracellular localization of protein kinase C (PKC) in U-87 MG human glioma cells in the presence of hypericin (Hyp) and phorbol 12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA). It is shown that PKC localization, which reflects its activity, is influenced by Hyp and this influence is different from that observed for PMA(More)
Objective of this study was to characterize osmotically-induced insulin secretion in two tumor cell lines. We compared response of freshly isolated rat pancreatic islets and INS-1 and INS-1E tumor cell lines to high glucose, 30 % hypotonic medium and 20 % hypertonic medium. In Ca(2+)-containing medium glucose induced insulin release in all three cell types.(More)