Hanna Kozlowska

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In vitro studies conducted by our research group documented that neural progenitor cells can be selected from human umbilical cord blood (HUCB-NPs). Due to further expansion of these cells we have established the first human umbilical cord blood-derived neural-like stem cell line (HUCB-NSC) growing in serum-free (SF) or low-serum (LS) medium for over 3(More)
Beluga and narwhal skin as a whole (in Inuktitut known as "muktuk") is considered to be a delicacy by native Canadian and Greenland people. Individual strata of the skin, and muscle from 27 beluga from the western, and 20 narwhal from the eastern Canadian Arctic, were analyzed for mercury and the thickness and density of each skin layer was measured.(More)
Although the interactions of several natural bastadins with the RyR1 isoform of the ryanodine receptor in sarcoplasmic reticulum has been described, their structure-dependent interference with the RyR2 isoform, mainly expressed in cardiac muscle and brain neurons, has not been studied. In this work, we examined calcium transients induced by natural bastadin(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness of intra-arterial infusion of human umbilical cord blood (HUCB) derived cells at different stages of their neural conversion. Freshly isolated mononuclear cells (D-0), neurally directed progenitors (D-3) and neural-like stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood (NSC) were compared. Focal(More)
In this study we tested if calcium imbalance and mitochondrial dysfunction, which have been implicated in the conventional mechanisms of excitotoxicity induced by glutamate (Glu), are also involved in homocysteine (Hcy) neurotoxicity. Primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule cells were incubated for 30 min in the presence of 25 mM D,L-Hcy or 1mM Glu. At(More)
Searching for a reliable source of alternative neural stem cells for experimental treatment of neurological disorders we have established neural stem cell line derived from human umbilical cord blood (HUCB-NSC) (Buzanska et al. 2006). These cells have been shown to differentiate along neuronal and glial lineages in the promoting in vitro conditions. In the(More)
Deep-brain lacunar infarct represents a significant clinical problem as it produces severe symptoms highly resistant to rehabilitation. The limited area of necrosis may facilitate neurorepair via the action of various novel neuroprotective strategies including cell-based therapies. The lesion was induced by stereotactic injection of ouabain into adult rat(More)
Sensitivity of neural stem cells viability, proliferation and differentiation upon exposure to methylmercury chloride (MeHgCl) was investigated on different types of biofunctional surfaces. Patterns of biodomains created by microprinting/microspotting of poly-l-lysine or extracellular matrix proteins (fibronectin and vitronectin) allowed for non-specific(More)
A 2-week toxicity and toxicokinetic study of a 15-mer phosphorothioate oligonucleotide, INX-3280, against the c-myc oncogene was performed in cynomolgus monkeys. As this oligonucleotide readily adopts an aggregate structure, a quadruplex, which may be associated with adverse physiologic effects, this study was performed using INX-3280 that had been(More)
BACKGROUND Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affects skeletal muscles and cardiac muscle tissue. In some cases, myocardial injury secondary to hypoxia can lead to dilative cardiomyopathy (DCM). A genetic defect in the dystrophin gene may increase the susceptibility of myocardium to hypoxia. Available data suggest(More)