Ivana Majstorović

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Parasitic nematode Trichinella spiralis exert immunomodulatory effect on the host immune response through excretory-secretory products (ES L1) released from the encysted muscle larvae. Rat bone-marrow derived dendritic cells (DCs) stimulated with ES L1 antigens acquire semi-matured status and induce Th2 and regulatory responses in vitro and in vivo. Priming(More)
The parasitic nematode, Trichinella spiralis (T. spiralis), exerts an immunomodulatory effect on the host immune response through excretory–secretory products (ES L1) released from encysted muscle larvae. Our model of combined T. spiralis infection and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in Dark Agouti (DA) rats demonstrated a significant(More)
Galectin-3, a β galactoside–binding lectin, plays an important role in the processes relevant to tumorigenesis such as malignant cell transformation, invasion and metastasis. We have investigated whether deletion of Galectin-3 in the host affects the metastasis of B16F1 malignant melanoma. Galectin-3-deficient (Gal-3−/−) mice are more resistant to(More)
Pathogen-derived products have the capacity to induce maturation of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs)into populations of effectors cells that polarize Th cells toward Th1 or Th2 phenotype via different mechanisms. Since those mechanisms are not entirely clear for helminths, and almost completely unknown for Trichinella spiralis(TS), we started an(More)
UNLABELLED The development and progression of periapical dental lesions, mediated by the specific immune response, are poorly understood. In these processes, an interplay of different proinflammatory and immunoregulatory cytokines is of crucial importance. OBJECTIVES To examine the activation of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th2 immune responses in 25 human(More)
AIM To analyse phenotypic characteristics of antigen-presenting cells (APC), isolated from human periapical lesions by flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry. METHODOLOGY Sixteen periapical lesions were digested for 15 min with 0.05% collagenase. Mononuclear cells, separated from other inflammatory cells by density centrifugation, were processed for flow(More)
INTRODUCTION Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is an important mediator of inflammation. However, little is known about its production in chronic dental periapical lesions and this was the main aim of this work. METHODS Inflammatory cells were isolated from clinically different periapical lesions and analyzed by morphological criteria. The mononuclear cells were(More)
Dermatotoxic effects of epicutaneous application of a first-generation anticoagulant, warfarin (WF) were examined in rats. Selected parameters of skin activity were determined 24h following warfarin application, including metabolic viability of skin explants, some aspects of oxidative activity in skin tissue homogenates and inflammatory/immune relevant(More)
Subcutaneous implantation of polyvinyl sponges represents a suitable model for studying the mechanisms of acute and chronic inflammation, granulomatous foreign-body reaction, as well as wound healing. Using such a model in rats, we studied the phenotypic and functional characteristics of dendritic cells (DC). DC were purified from the sponge exudate using a(More)
CD4(+)CD25(hi)Foxp3(+) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are of crucial importance in regulating the immune response, including the control of any defense against infection. Their presence in periapical lesions has not been demonstrated, as yet. We hypothesized that Tregs infiltrate periapical lesions, where they inhibit T-cell proliferation. The aim of this study(More)