Francis Antoine

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S100A8 and S100A9 are cytoplasmic proteins expressed by phagocytes. High concentrations of these proteins have been correlated with various inflammatory conditions, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, as well as autoinflammatory diseases. In the present study, we examined the effects of S100A8 and S100A9 on the(More)
Curcumin has been found to possess anti-inflammatory activities and neutrophils, key players in inflammation, were previously found to be important targets to curcumin in a few studies. For example, curcumin was found to induce apoptosis in neutrophils by a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-dependent mechanism. However, the role of curcumin on the(More)
Curcumin, extracted from the rhizome of Curcuma longa, is known to possess anti-inflammatory activities. Despite the fact that neutrophils are key player cells in inflammation, the role of curcumin on neutrophil cell biology is not well documented and, in particular, how curcumin can alter primed neutrophils is unknown. In addition, the effect of curcumin(More)
Inflammation is frequently associated with nanoparticle (NP) exposures. Given that excessive polymorphonuclear neutrophil cell degranulation is a common feature of inflammatory disorders, and since these cells are key players in inflammation, we decided to test the hypothesis that NPs could act as modulators of degranulation in human neutrophils. TiO2, CeO2(More)
Cytotoxic and proinflammatory properties of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been reported in few studies but the direct interaction between AgNPs and neutrophils, which play a key role in inflammation, has never been documented. Here, we examined the role of AgNPs with a starting size of 20 nm (AgNP20 ) in human neutrophils. Using dynamic light scattering(More)
Arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3); ATO) is considered to be one of the most potent drugs in cancer chemotherapy and is highly effective in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). It is well established that treatment of APL patients with ATO is associated with the disappearance of the PML-RARalpha fusion transcript, the characteristic APL gene(More)