Justyna Agier

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Cathelicidins, like other antimicrobial peptides, exhibit direct antimicrobial activities against a broad spectrum of microbes, including both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, enveloped viruses, and fungi. These host-derived peptides kill the invaded pathogens by perturbing their cell membranes and can neutralize biological activities of endotoxin.(More)
The effects of LTs are mediated by GPCRs: cysLTs interact with CYSLTR1, CYSLTR2, or GPR17, and LTB4 acts via BLT1R or BLT2R. Data relating to the presence of these receptors in mature tissue mast cells are not entirely known. By confocal microscopy with image analyses and flow cytometry, we established that native rat mast cells isolated from peritoneal(More)
Nowadays, more and more data indicate that mast cells play an important role in host defense against pathogens. That is why it is essential to understand the expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) by mast cells, because these molecules play particularly significant role in initiation host defense against microorganisms as they recognize both wide range of(More)
Nowadays, a number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains is increasing. It is a serious clinical problem and poses a threat to the effectiveness of conventional antibiotic therapy. Thus, scientists are constantly seeking new alternatives for treatment of infectious diseases. There are some natural endogenous factors, which possess antimicrobial(More)
Archaea have been detected in several ecological niches of the human body such as the large intestine, skin, vagina as well as the oral cavity. At present, archaea are recognized as nonpathogenic microorganisms. However, some data indicate that they may be involved in the etiopathogenesis of several diseases, including intestinal diseases as well as oral(More)
Cathelicidins and defensins are the multifunctional host defense molecules essential for immune response to infection. In recent years they have been shown to be natural, broad-spectrum antimicrobials against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, enveloped viruses, and fungi. These small peptides kill the invaded pathogens by destroying their cell(More)
Evaluation of periodontal and peri-implant tissue condition is mainly based on clinical examination and imaging diagnostics. Some data imply that Metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) level examination in peri-implant sulcular fluid (PISF) might be useful for evaluating the condition of peri-implant tissues and monitoring a development of peri-implant inflammation,(More)
A growing body of evidence indicates the role of cathelicidin LL-37, a member of the antimicrobial peptide family, in host innate defense mechanisms. The important role of this peptide in infectious diseases is also suggested, however, to date, data relating to LL-37 expression in the course of bacterial infections are far from complete. Therefore, the aim(More)
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