Janet Cermak

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The acute inflammatory response is frequently accompanied by serious thrombotic events. We show that C-reactive protein (CRP), an acute-phase reactant that markedly increases its serum concentration in response to inflammatory stimuli, induced monocytes to express tissue factor (TF), a potent procoagulant. Purified human CRP in concentrations commonly(More)
Rat brain glial cells have the capacity to express a calcium-independent form of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). To test if iNOS induction required tyrosine kinase activity, we made use of genistein, a selective inhibitor of tyrosine kinases. In both primary astrocyte cultures and C6 glioma cells, the presence of genistein prevented both lipopolysaccharide-(More)
Leukocyte-derived inhibitory activity inhibiting the entry of normal progenitor cells of granulocytes and macrophages (CFU-GM) into the S-phase of a cell cycle was investigated in 16 patients with different forms of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The presence of this inhibitory activity was analysed in medium conditioned with low-density cells obtained(More)
Neovascularization and hemorrhage are common features of malignant tumors. We wondered whether hemoglobin derived from extravasated RBC deposits heme-derived iron into the tumor, which could modulate the sensitivity of cancer cells to oxidant-mediated injury. A brief exposure (1 h) of 51Cr-radiolabeled breast cancer cells (BT-20) but not colon cancer cells(More)
The expression of cytoplasmic c-erbB2, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP IV) was significantly higher in sporadic cancer of the right than of the left colon. In addition, cytoplasmic c-erbB2 displayed the same difference in the adjacent (less than 2 cm) and distant (more than 5(More)
connections between seemingly unrelated inputs. COPYRIGHT 2005 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, INC. refl ected from a scene hits the cones (color receptors) in the eye, neural signals from the retina travel to area 17, in the occipital lobe at the back of the brain. There the image is processed further within local clusters, or blobs, into such simple attributes as(More)
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