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S-layers are surface layers of bacterial cell walls. They are formed by two-dimensional, monomolecular crystalline arrays of identical units of protein or glycoprotein macromolecules (subunits). In general, each S-layer exhibits one of four possible 2-D lattice types: oblique (p1 or p2 symmetry), triangle (p3 symmetry), square (p4 symmetry) or hexagonal (p6(More)
During the years 1993-1999, altogether 1,043 Escherichia coli strains from colons of different persons were screened for colicinogeny using a most susceptible procedure and indicator system. In control persons (with healthy colons), 41.37% producers of colicins were found. In patients suffering from salmonelloses, the proportion of colicinogenic Escherichia(More)
Colicinotype 7 of Shigella sonnei, introduced by Abbott and Graham, is one of those most frequently found in epidemiological screenings. It is represented by the production of a single colicin (acidic protein of m. w. 46 kD) endowed with some striking features. It is unstable at pH 8.0 and at the temperature of 70 degrees C. Its inhibitive activity is(More)
The Myb locus encodes the c-Myb transcription factor involved in controlling a broad variety of cellular processes. Recently, it has been shown that c-Myb may play a specific role in hard tissue formation; however, all of these results were gathered from an analysis of intramembranous ossification. To investigate a possible role of c-Myb in endochondral(More)
The c-Myb transcription factor is essential for the maintenance of stem-progenitor cells in bone marrow, colon epithelia, and neurogenic niches. c-Myb malfunction contributes to several types of malignancies including breast cancer. However, the function of c-Myb in the metastatic spread of breast tumors remains unexplored. In this study, we report a novel(More)
Colicins are toxic exoproteins produced by bacteria of colicinogenic strains of Escherichia coli and some related species of Enterobacteriaceae, during the growth of their cultures. They inhibit sensitive bacteria of the same family. About 35% E. coli strains appearing in human intestinal tract are colicinogenic. Synthesis of colicins is coded by genes(More)
This work studies biological effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields. We have exposed three different bacterial strains-Escherichia coli, Leclercia adecarboxylata and Staphylococcus aureus to the magnetic field (t<30 min, B(m)=10 mT, f=50 Hz) in order to compare their viability (number of colony-forming units (CFU)). We have measured the dependence(More)
Survival and capability of cancer cells to form metastases fundamentally depend on interactions with their microenvironment. Secondary tumors originating from prostate carcinomas affect remodeling of bone tissue and can induce both osteolytic and osteocondensing lesions. However, particular molecular mechanisms responsible for selective homing and activity(More)
The complete sequence of the plasmid MccC7-H22 encoding microcin C7, isolated from probiotic E. coli H22, was determined and analyzed. DNA of pMccC7-H22 comprises 32,014 bp and contains 39 predicted ORFs. Two main gene clusters, i.e., genes involved in plasmid replication and maintenance and genes encoding microcin C7 synthesis, are separated by several(More)
White blood cell (WBC) count is considered a prognostic risk factor in acute myeloid leukemia. As density of leukemic cells increases, the cytotoxic activity of certain anticancer drugs, such as vincristine and doxorubicin, progressively decreases. In this study, we investigated the cell density-dependent induction of apoptosis of human acute myeloid(More)