Judith Molinari

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The effect of advanced glycation end products (AGE-s) was studied on the proliferation and cell death of human skin fibroblasts in culture. Several AGE-products were prepared from proteins, a peptide and amino acids, using Glucose or Fructose, with or without Fe2+. The AGE preparations increased cell death at the 7th day, after only 72 hours of incubation.(More)
An amperometric biosensor for the quantification of food allergens based on an inhibitory immunoassay is presented. As a proof of concept, the experimental conditions were optimized for the detection of β-casein in the 0-10 ppm range. Eight electrochemical cells were integrated into a small-sized portable potentiostat controlled by a smartphone via(More)
Qualitative and quantitative modifications of receptors were shown to play a key role in cell and tissue aging. We recently described the properties of a rhamnose-recognizing receptor on fibroblasts involved in the mediation of age-dependent functions of these cells. Using Ca(2+)-mobilization and DNA-microarrays we could show in the presence of(More)
Rhamnose-rich oligo- and polysaccharides (RROPs) were tested for their potential pharmacological properties using human skin fibroblasts in serial cultures. The substances tested were shown to stimulate cell proliferation, decrease elastase-type activity, stimulate collagen biosynthesis, and protect hyaluronan against free radical mediated degradation.(More)
Previous experiments have shown that AGE-products added to human skin fibroblast cultures increased the number of dead cells floating on top of the culture fluid and took up vital dye [1]. In these experiments, we tested several rhamnose-rich polysaccharides for protection against the cytotoxic effect of AGE-s. Added at relatively low concentrations(More)
The Maillard reaction and its end products, AGE-s (Advanced Glycation End products) are rightly considered as one of the important mechanisms of post-translational tissue modifications with aging. We studied the effect of two AGE-products prepared by the glycation of lysozyme and of BSA, on the expression profile of a large number of genes potentially(More)
The study of the age and passage dependent modifications of collagen biosynthesis requires a simple, rapid and reproducible procedure adaptable to serial cell cultures. To make such a method comparable to other methods of collagen determination, we calibrated a colorimetric procedure both by hydroxyproline (HYP) determinations and in terms of collagen(More)
Skin irritation evaluation is an important endpoint for the safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients required by various regulatory authorities for notification and/or import of test substances. The present study was undertaken to investigate possible protocol adaptations of the currently validated in vitro skin irritation test methods based on(More)
Advanced Glycation End-products (AGE-s) were shown to exhibit a number of potentially harmful properties in contact with cells and tissues. As their concentrations increases with age, faster even in hyperglycemic individuals, they are considered important for aging- and age-associated pathologies, especially for athero-arteriosclerosis and type II diabetes.(More)
It could be shown using the in vitro cell culture aging model, that elastase-type endopeptidase activity is progressively upregulated with successive passages (in vitro aging). Similar results were obtained previously by determining elastase-type activity as a function of age in aorta extracts (human) and skin extracts (mouse). Among the possible mechanisms(More)