Eva G. E. Ragnarsson

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Permeability coefficients across monolayers of the human colon carcinoma cell line Caco-2, cultured on permeable supports, are commonly used to predict the absorption of orally administered drugs and other xenobiotics. This protocol describes our method for the cultivation, characterization and determination of permeability coefficients of xenobiotics(More)
An in vitro model of the human follicle associated epithelium (FAE) was characterized and the influence of nanoparticle properties on the transcellular transport across the in vitro model was investigated. The model was established by co-culturing Caco-2 and Raji cells, with Caco-2 cells alone as control. The conversion of Caco-2 cells to follicle(More)
This study compared gene expression profiles in mouse lungs after administration of the cationic polymers polyethyleneimine (PEI) or chitosan alone or formulated with a luciferase reporter plasmid (PEI–pLuc, chitosan–pLuc). The polymers and formulations were administered intratracheally to Balb/c mice at doses judged to be nontoxic according to(More)
Caco-2 cells, widely used to study carrier mediated uptake and efflux mechanisms, are known to have different properties when cultured under different conditions. In this study, Caco-2 cells from 10 different laboratories were compared in terms of mRNA expression levels of 72 drug and nutrient transporters, and 17 other target genes, including drug(More)
Crohn's disease is characterized by a defect in intestinal barrier function, where bacteria are considered the most important inflammation-driving factor. Enteric bacteria, including E. coli and Yersinia spp, affect tight junctions in enterocytes, but little is known about bacterial effects on the transcellular pathway. Our objective was to study the(More)
Polyethyleneimine (PEI) is one of the most effective gene delivery systems available today. However, very little is known about its ability to stimulate a systemic immune response and the molecular mechanisms thereof. However, this information is vital for the future development of new gene delivery systems. Here we address this issue by studying gene(More)
Adjuvants play an important role in stimulation of the immune response to antigens. Very little is known about the molecular mechanisms of this stimulation. Here we address this issue by studying gene expression profiles from spleen lymphocytes after in vivo immunization of mice with a clinically relevant vaccine, tetanus toxoid formulated with aluminum(More)
We immunized mice with four different combinations of diphtheria toxoid or tetanus toxoid with aluminum phosphate or Freund's adjuvant and studied the resulting gene expression profiles in spleen lymphocytes. Genes, which are unique for each combination or shared in several combinations, were found activated, with functions in immune response but also in(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the pro-inflammatory cytokines improved the function of the cell monolayer model of the human follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) of co-culture of Caco-2 cells on permeable filters with Raji B-cells underneath from the viewpoint of particle transport. Exposure to tumor necrosis factor-α resulted in an almost(More)
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