Jeannine Helm

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Recent work from this laboratory has demonstrated that purinergic-mediated depolarization of human microglia inhibited a store-operated pathway for entry of Ca2+. We have used Fura-2 spectrofluorometry to investigate the effects on store-operated Ca2+ influx induced by replacement of NaCl with Na-gluconate in extracellular solutions. Three separate(More)
The effects of extracellular acidification on Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways in human microglia were investigated using Ca(2+)-sensitive fluorescence microscopy. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) was used to elicit Ca(2+) responses primarily dependent on the depletion of intracellular endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stores, while platelet-activating factor (PAF)(More)
Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are considered promising candidates for cell-based therapies. Their potential utility derives primarily from their immunomodulatory activity, multi-lineage differentiation potential, and likely progenitor cell function in wound healing and repair of connective tissues. However, in vitro, MSCs often senesce and(More)
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