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Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is well known as a cell damaging agent that is produced during normal cell metabolism of aerobic organisms. An excessive production of oxygen metabolites such as H2O2 leads to oxidative stress and disease. On the other hand, it recently was discovered that H2O2 is not only a deleterious oxidant for cells but can also play an(More)
Tendinitis is a painful soft tissue pathology that accounts for almost half of all occupational injuries in the United States. It is often caused by repeated movements and may result in loss of work and income. Current treatments for tendinitis are aimed at reducing inflammation, the major cause of the pain. Although anti-inflammatory drugs and various(More)
A 1.8 mT, bone healing, electromagnetic field (EMF) and power frequency EMFs of 0.1 and 0.4 mT significantly inhibit DNA synthesis in otherwise unstimulated Jurkat (E 6.1) cells. Inhibition is generally most prominent in cells from mid log phase growth. In complete medium the bone healing EMF inhibits [3H] thymidine uptake of the latter cells by almost 50%(More)
Magnets, electric current and time varying magnetic fields always have played a role in human medicine. Natural magnetic stones were used in ancient cultures to induce a therapeutic effect and modern clinical practice would be far less effective without nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac pacemakers, and bone growth stimulators. This paper presents(More)
Stem cells refer to a broad class of cells with potential for prolonged self-renewal and the potential to differentiate. Human embryonic stem (ES) cells are derived from a fertilized human egg, before it has been implanted into a womb. Recently published research has used human embryos, produced by in-vitro fertilization for clinical purposes, to develop(More)
In earlier studies, we have shown that pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) induce programmed cell death in cultured T cells and that rats exposed in vivo to PEMFs have decreased T-cell proliferative capacity. These data led us to hypothesize that PEMFs might be used to control proliferation of inflammatory lymphocytes and therefore beneficially affect(More)
This study is aimed at expanding the role of electromagnetic field (EMF) therapy for treatment of inflammatory diseases and obtaining new information on the biophysical mechanism of action of weak EMFs. The mechanism of action of EMFs on biological systems is a question that has yet to be answered. Several models have been proposed to explain the coupling(More)
Recently, it was shown that antibodies in the presence of ultraviolet (UV) light give rise to singlet oxygen which ultimately leads to the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In this research, we are interested in understanding the role of H2O2 in T-cell activity during inflammation. Since the T-cell receptor has been shown to have the same oxidative(More)
In this report we describe a new photochemical reactor and its use in the study of ultraviolet-B light (UVB) dependent H2O2 production by T lymphocytes. In the reactor multiple biological samples rotate around a luminescent tube and thus simultaneously absorb a uniform light-flux. The reactor was developed to expand our earlier studies where we showed that(More)
It was recently shown that antibodies catalyze a reaction between water and ultraviolet light (UV) creating singlet oxygen and ultimately H2O2. Although the in vivo relevance of these antibody reactions is unclear, it is interesting that among a wide variety of non-antibody proteins tested, the T cell receptor is the only protein with similar capabilities.(More)