Ilona Rousalova

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The granzyme B-induced cell death has been traditionally viewed as a primary mechanism that is used by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and natural killer (NK) cells to eliminate harmful target cells including allogeneic, virally infected and tumour cells. Granzyme B (GrB) is the most abundant serine protease which is stored in secretory granules of CTLs and(More)
BACKGROUND Minnelide, a pro-drug of triptolide, has recently emerged as a potent anticancer agent. The precise mechanisms of its cytotoxic effects remain unclear. METHODS Cell viability was studied using CCK8 assay. Cell proliferation was measured real-time on cultured cells using Electric Cell Substrate Impedence Sensing (ECIS). Apoptosis was assayed by(More)
Human proteinase inhibitor-9 (PI-9)/serpinB9 is an intracellular ovalbumin-family serpin with nucleocytoplasmic distribution which is expressed in certain normal cell types and cancer cells of different origin. Due to binding and inactivating of granzyme B (GrB), PI-9 can protect the cells from GrB-mediated apoptosis. High levels of PI-9 expression in(More)
The Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP) and the uveal autoantigen with coiled coil domains and ankyrin repeats (UACA) belong to endogenous regulators of the apoptosome apparatus, but their role in tumourigenesis and progression of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is not known. Previous studies demonstrated that APIP(More)
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