Eugenia Prus

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Although most cellular iron is firmly bound (e.g. in haemoglobin), some, the labile iron pool (LIP), is bound to low-affinity ligands. The LIP is regarded as the crossroads of cellular iron traffic. Using multi-parameter flow-cytometry of cells treated with the metal-sensitive sensor calcein and the cell-permeable chelator deferiprone, we studied LIP in(More)
Iron is important for many biological processes, and its deficiency or excess is involved in pathological conditions. Although most iron is firmly bound (e.g., in hemoglobin), some, the labile iron pool (LIP), is bound to low-affinity ligands. The level of LIP is regulated to meet the cell's requirements for iron but prevent excess. We describe herein a(More)
The synthesis and biological activities of acidic, basic and neutral types of butyric acid (BA) prodrugs possessing increased aqueous solubility are described. The compounds are butyroyloxyalkyl derivatives of carboxylic acids, which possess functionalities suitable for aqueous solubilization. The anticancer activity of the prodrugs in vitro was evaluated(More)
We report in this paper that the DNA-binding drug mithramycin is a potent inducer of gamma-globin mRNA accumulation and fetal hemoglobin (HbF) production in erythroid cells from healthy human subjects and beta-thalassemia patients. Erythroid precursors derived from peripheral blood were grown in 2-phase liquid culture. In this procedure, early erythroid(More)
We studied the effects of rapamycin on cultures of erythroid progenitors derived from the peripheral blood of 10 beta-thalassaemia patients differing widely with respect to their potential to produce foetal haemoglobin (HbF). For this, we employed the two-phase liquid culture procedure for growing erythroid progenitors, high performance liquid(More)
Differentiation in the hematopoietic system involves, among other changes, altered expression of antigens, including the CD34 and CD38 surface antigens. In normal hematopoiesis, the most immature stem cells have the CD34 + CD34 - phenotype. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), although blasts from most patients are CD38 +, some are CD38 - . AML blasts are(More)
OBJECTIVES We have demonstrated epigenetic modulation of CD34(+) cell differentiation by the high-affinity copper (Cu) chelator tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA). TEPA slowed down the rate of CD34(+) cell differentiation and increased their engraftability in SCID mice. TEPA biological activity was attributed to its effect on cellular Cu levels as (a) treatment(More)
Several clinical observations have suggested that copper (Cu) plays a role in regulating haematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) development. To further study this role we used an ex vivo system. Cord blood-derived CD34+ cells were cultured in liquid medium supplemented with Kit- ligand, FLt3, interleukin 6 (IL-6), thrombopoietin and IL-3. Under these(More)
Most of the iron in the plasma is bound to transferrin (Tf) and is taken up by cells through their surface Tf receptors (TfRs). Under pathological conditions of iron-overload, the plasma iron which is in excess of the binding capacity of Tf is present as non-Tf-bound iron. We probed the uptake of non-Tf iron and its consequences on the oxidative status of(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether angelicin is able to increase the expression of gamma-globin genes in human erythroid cells. Angelicin is structurally related to psoralens, a well-known chemical class of photosensitizers used for their antiproliferative activity in treatment of different skin diseases (i.e., psoriasis and vitiligo). To(More)