Danijela Markovic

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A number of studies have suggested that Vitamin D has a potential role in the development/treatment of diabetes. These effects may be mediated by circulating levels of 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3), but local production of 1alpha,25(OH)(2)D(3), catalysed by the enzyme 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3)-1alpha-hydroxylase (1alpha-OHase), is also likely to be important. RT-PCR(More)
This investigation was based on the hypothesis that weakly immunogenic, breast cancer-associated Ags, the products of mutant or dysregulated genes in the malignant cells, will be expressed in a highly immunogenic form by semiallogeneic IL-2-secreting fibroblasts transfected with DNA from breast cancer cells. (Classic studies indicate that transfection of(More)
The role of progesterone (P4) in the regulation of the local (uterine) and systemic innate immune system, myometrial expression of connexin 43 (Cx-43) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and the onset of parturition was examined in: 1) naïve mice delivering at term; 2) E16 mice treated with RU486 (P4-antagonist) to induce preterm parturition; and 3) in mice(More)
Objectives:The corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF)/urocortin system is expressed in the adipose tissue of mammals, but its functional role in this tissue remains unknown.Methods:Pharmacological manipulation of the activity of CRF receptors, CRF1 and CRF2, was performed in 3T3L1 white pre-adipocytes and T37i brown pre-adipocytes during in vitro(More)
Stress evokes an integrated neuroendocrine response perturbing the homeostasis of different physiological systems. In contrast to well established physiologica linteractions between neuroendocrine and immune systems during chronic stress, there has been relatively little information on the effects of psychological stress on erythroid cells. Since(More)
A mouse mammary adenocarcinoma cell line (410.4) originating in a BALB/c mouse, was transduced with a retroviral vector (TGF-mIL-12-Neo) that encoded murine IL-12. After confirmation of IL-12-secretion, the cells were tested for their tumorigenic properties in BALB/c mice. The results indicated that unlike other tumors modified for cytokine secretion,(More)
The high incidence of breast cancer in women and the severity of the disease have stimulated a need for improved and novel forms of therapy. The product of the MUC-1 gene has been identified as a breast cancer-associated antigen in breast cancer patients. The gene has been cloned and sequenced. Transgenic mice were prepared that express human mucin and are(More)
Most neoplasms do not induce antitumor immune responses that can control tumor growth. Tumor associated antigens (TAAs) are insufficiently immunogenic. A vaccine that augments the immunogenic properties of TAAs could be of importance in the treatment of cancer patients. In an animal model, we prepared a vaccine by transfection of highly antigenic allogeneic(More)
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