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INTRODUCTION The goal of the present study was to compare the pattern of coronary capillaries in healthy participants and in patients with end-stage heart failure due to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), or inflammatory cardiomyopathy (InfCM). METHODS Capillary patterns were studied in histological sections from(More)
The formation of fusiform vesicles (FVs) is one of the most distinctive features in the urothelium of the urinary bladder. FVs represent compartments for intracellular transport of urothelial plaques, which modulate the surface area of the superficial urothelial (umbrella) cells during the distension-contraction cycle. We have analysed the three-dimensional(More)
In this work, we show the photoconversion of the fluorochromes enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), yellow fluorescent protein (YFP), and BODIPY into electron dense diaminobenzidine (DAB)-deposits using the examples of five different target proteins, and the lipid ceramide. High spatial resolution and specificity in the localization of the converted(More)
The phagocytosis and the release of oxidative products generated by the respiratory burst have been studied under the influence of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID) phenylbutazone (PB), mofebutazone (monophenylbutazone, MPB) and diclofenac (DF) using phagocytes of the peripheral blood from healthy human donors and patients with soft tissue(More)
In the present study, descriptors from the theory of random heterogeneous media were used to characterize the morphology of the myocardial interstitial space in histological sections from hearts of healthy subjects and of patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Histological sections from resected DCM hearts (n = 9) were compared with donor(More)
Diaminobenzidine (DAB) photooxidation is a method for conversion of fluorescent signals into electron-dense precipitates that are visible in the electron microscope. Recently, we have applied this method to analyze organelles involved in holo-high density lipoprotein (HDL) particle uptake at the ultrastructural level. In the present work we extended the(More)
In this study, the ceramide-enriched trans-Golgi compartments representing sites of synthesis of sphingomyelin and higher organized lipids were visualized in control and ATP-depleted hepatoma and endothelial cells using internalization of BODIPY-ceramide and the diaminobenzidine photooxidation method for combined light-electron microscopical exploration.(More)
The Grey horse phenotype, caused by a 4.6 kb duplication in Syntaxin 17, is strongly associated with high incidence of melanoma. In contrast to most human melanomas with an early onset of metastasis, the Grey horse melanomas have an extended period of benign growth, after which 50% or more eventually undergo progression and may metastasize. In efforts to(More)
Urothelial plaques are specialized membrane domains in urothelial superficial (umbrella) cells, composed of highly ordered uroplakin particles. We investigated membrane compartments involved in the formation of urothelial plaques in mouse umbrella cells. The Golgi apparatus did not contain uroplakins organized into plaques. In the post-Golgi region, three(More)
Detailed insight into the fine structure and 3D-architecture of the complex and dynamic compartments of the endocytic system is essential for a morpho-functional analysis of retrograde traffic from the cell surface to different intracellular destinations. Here, we describe a cytochemical approach for electron microscopic exploration of endocytic pathways(More)