Gesine Bradacs

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ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Our study shows that large parts of Vanuatu's medicinal flora remain unexplored and that a high variability of medicinal plant knowledge between islands exists. AIM OF THE STUDY The following questions are comparatively analyzed for three islands of Vanuatu: who are the medicinal plant specialists and how important is their(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Thus, novel therapies are urgently needed. A promising approach is the use of peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) ligands which inhibit the proliferation of various tumors. METHODS PBR expression both in human HCC cell lines and in tumor(More)
In our study we aimed to identify rapidly reacting gravity-responsive mechanisms in mammalian cells in order to understand if and how altered gravity is translated into a cellular response. In a combination of experiments using "functional weightlessness" provided by 2D-clinostats and real microgravity provided by several parabolic flight campaigns and(More)
Cells of the immune system are highly sensitive to altered gravity, and the monocyte as well as the macrophage function is proven to be impaired under microgravity conditions. In our study, we investigated the surface expression of ICAM-1 protein and expression of ICAM-1 mRNA in cells of the monocyte/macrophage system in microgravity during clinostat,(More)
Sixty-three extracts obtained from 18 plants traditionally used in the South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu for the treatment of infectious diseases were screened for antimicrobial and antiprotozoal activities. In addition, the extracts were subjected to a detailed analysis on cytotoxic effects toward a panel of human cancer cell lines, designed as a smaller(More)
Despite the observed severe effects of microgravity on mammalian cells, many astronauts have completed long term stays in space without suffering from severe health problems. This raises questions about the cellular capacity for adaptation to a new gravitational environment. The International Space Station (ISS) experiment TRIPLE LUX A, performed in the(More)
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