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The success of radiotherapy in eradicating tumours depends on the total radiation dose, but what limits this dose is the tolerance of the normal tissues within the treatment volume. Studies involving fibroblast survival have demonstrated the theoretical feasibility of a predictive assay of radiation sensitivity, but such an assay is still far from clinical(More)
Eosinophilic infiltration of the respiratory mucosa is considered an inflammatory hallmark of allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma and nasal polyposis. However, the mechanisms involved in this infiltration have not yet been totally elucidated. The objective of this study was to investigate and compare the influence of epithelial cell secretions from both(More)
Stannius corpuscles of the eel synthesize and secrete a mammalian parathyroid-like hormone called parathyrin of CS (PCS). PCS has been localized in the cytoplasm of all cells in the corpuscles, detection being by indirect immunofluorescence with an antiserum anti-1-84 bovine hormone (PTH). The specificity of the reaction was demonstrated by inhibition of(More)
Raw nacre implants persist even after 9 months of implantation into bone tissue in sheep. However the nacre surface undergoes a limited biodegradation process. Smooth-surfaced nacre implants were seen to become microporous after implantation. The results of these long-term, in vivo studies show that the overall process involves bone-resorbing cells, relies(More)
In mollusks, the mantle is responsible for the secretion of an organic matrix that mineralizes to form the shell. A model of mantle cell culture has been established from the nacreous gastropod Haliotis tuberculata. First, viability of cells, quantified by the MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) reduction assay, was monitored(More)
Topical anti-inflammatory drugs decrease eosinophil infiltration. This action may be due to an effect on the release of epithelial cell products responsible for promoting eosinophil survival. We investigated the effect of fluticasone propionate, budesonide, beclomethasone dipropionate and nedocromil sodium on the release of granulocyte/macrophage(More)
The nacre layer from the pearl oyster shell is considered as a promising osteoinductive biomaterial. Nacre contains one or more signal molecules capable of stimulating bone formation. The identity and the mode of action of these molecules on the osteoblast differentiation were analyzed. Water-soluble molecules from nacre were fractionated according to(More)
In freshwater or seawater female silver eel, the release of gonadotropin (GTH) accumulated in the pituitary under estradiol (E2) influence could be stimulated by a conjugated treatment with a mammalian gonadoliberin agonist (GnRH-A = des-Gly10, (D-Ala6)-LH-RH ethylamide) and a blocker of dopamine receptor (pimozide). Furthermore, despite the GTH release, no(More)
BACKGROUND Eosinophilic bronchitis is a common cause of chronic cough, which like asthma is characterized by sputum eosinophilia, but unlike asthma there is no variable airflow obstruction or airway hyperresponsiveness. We tested the hypothesis that the different airway function in patients with eosinophilic bronchitis and asthma could be caused by an(More)