Jūratė Savickienė

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Histone deacetylase inhibitors have a potent role in the strategy for the treatment of leukemias. BML-210 (N-(2-Aminophenyl)-N' phenyloctanol diamine) is the novel histone deacetylase inhibitor, and its mechanism of action has not been characterized. In this study, we examined the in vitro effects of BML-210 on the human leukemia cell lines (NB4, HL-60,(More)
Epigenetic silencing of cancer-related genes by abnormal methylation and the reversal of this process by DNA methylation inhibitors represents a promising strategy in cancer therapy. As DNA methylation affects gene expression and chromatin structure, we investigated the effects of novel DNMT (DNA methyltransferase) inhibitor, RG108, alone and in its(More)
The molecular mechanisms of the cellular response to different apoptotic effectors are only partially understood. Herein, the role of transcription factors, Sp1 and NFkappaB in differentiation-related and etoposide-induced apoptosis was examined in a number of human leukemia cell lines (HL-60, NB4, HEL, THP-1, K562). This was investigated with respect to(More)
The relationship between RA- or dbcaMP-mediated differentiation and subsequent apoptosis in HL-60 cells was assessed by modulating the levels of differentiation suppressing the activity of PKC and PKA with calphostin C or GF 109203X and H89, respectively. Results demonstrated that (1) RA and dbcAMP caused a dose-dependent increase in apoptosis concomitant(More)
Human amniotic fluid stem cells have become an attractive stem cell source for potential applications in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. The aim of this study was to characterize amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AF-MSCs) from second- and third-trimester of gestation. Using two-stage protocol, MSCs were successfully cultured and(More)
DNMT inhibitors are promising new drugs for cancer therapies. In this study, we have observed the antileukemic action of two diverse DNMT inhibitors, the nucleoside agent zebularine and the non-nucleoside agent RG108, in human promyelocytic leukemia (PML) HL-60 cells. Zebularine but not RG108 caused dose- and time-dependent cell growth inhibition and(More)
The human promyelocytic leukemia cell line HL-60 was induced to differentiate to mature granulocytic cells by dbcAMP or RA. The influence of distinct protein kinases during different stages of this differentiation was studied by the use of H8, staurosporine and genistein as inhibitors of PKA, PKC and PTK respectively. In dbcAMP-mediated differentiation, the(More)
Therapeutic strategies targeting histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition have become promising in many human malignancies. Belinostat (PXD101) is a hydroxamate-type HDAC inhibitor tested in phase I and II clinical trials in solid tumors and hematological cancers. However, little is known about the use of belinostat for differentiation therapy against acute(More)
During the systemic inflammatory response, circulating cytokines interact with the vascular endothelium, resulting in activation and nuclear accumulation of the nuclear transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa B (NFkappaB). In turn, NFkappaB transactivates relevant proinflammatory genes, resulting in an amplification of the inflammatory response. Because(More)
Acute promyelocytic leukemia KG1 cells with t(11;17) PLZF-RARalpha respond poorly to the differentiation inducer all-trans retinoic acid (RA), and the reason for the RA resistance is the recruitment of histone deacetylase by PLZF-RARalpha. Here, we demonstrate that histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs), FK228, BML-210, phenyl butyrate, and vitamin B3, in(More)