Daniëlle M. J. Curfs

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Secreted phospholipase A2 group X (sPLA(2)-X) is one of the most potent enzymes of the phospholipase A(2) lipolytic enzyme superfamily. Its high catalytic activity toward phosphatidylcholine (PC), the major phospholipid of cell membranes and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), has implicated sPLA(2)-X in chronic inflammatory conditions such as atherogenesis. We(More)
Exposure to carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been implicated in the aetiology of atherosclerosis. Previously we showed that chronic exposure of ApoE-/- mice to the prototype PAH benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) causes enhanced progression of atherosclerosis, which was characterised by an increased inflammatory cell content in the(More)
We investigated in vitro the potential of macrophages to act as targeted vehicle for ultrasound molecular imaging. Murine bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM), incubated for 3 h with different concentrations of perfluorohexane (PFH) emulsions, were monitored by microscopy, flow cytometry, and ultrasound. Effects of PFH loading on BMM adhesion molecule(More)
The genotoxic compound benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) enhances atherosclerotic plaque progression, possibly by inducing oxidative stress and subsequent lipid peroxidation (LPO). Since LPO plays a key role in atherosclerosis, stable LPO derived DNA modifications such as 1,N6-ethenodeoxy-adenosine (epsilondA) and 3,N4-ethenodeoxy-cytidine (epsilondC) may be useful(More)
BACKGROUND Macrophages may concentrate ultrasound contrast agents and exhibit selective adhesion to activated endothelium. The present study investigates in mice the potential of perfluorohexane (PFH) loaded macrophages to act as ultrasound contrast agent with high reflectivity and specifically targeted at (atherosclerotic) vascular lesions. METHODS Lung(More)
Benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with atherogenic and carcinogenic properties. The role of B[a]P in carcinogenesis is well established, and thought to exert via enzymatic activation into reactive metabolites that are capable of binding to the DNA leading to uncontrolled proliferation. However, the mechanism underlying the(More)
The role of plasma lipids in the uptake, transportation, and distribution of lipophilic carcinogens like benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) remains unclear. Therefore, we studied the effects of dietary-modulated plasma lipids on B[a]P-induced DNA damage in several organs of two hyperlipidemic mouse models. Male apolipoprotein E (ApoE)*3-Leiden (n = 22) and ApoE(More)
Although it has been demonstrated that carcinogenic environmental polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) cause progression of atherosclerosis, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, we aimed to investigate whether DNA binding events are critically involved in the progression of PAH-mediated atherogenesis. Apolipoprotein E knockout(More)
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