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BACKGROUND Sulforaphane (SFN) is a potent chemopreventive agent, which is widely consumed in diet or as a diet supplement. It modulates the enzymes of II and III metabolism phase. In this paper, the influence of SFN and three commonly consumed drugs: furosemide, verapamil and ketoprofen on II and III metabolisms phase enzymes was studied. We have also(More)
Photodynamic therapy can become an effective alternative method to surgery. The experiments reveal that using low photosensitizer doses and relatively low energy doses allow us to obtain effective results after PDT (to limit formation of colonies by investigated cancer cells). The prostate and breast cancer cell lines were investigated: MCF-7, a human(More)
Porphyrin photosensitizers tend to localize in mitochondria. The depolarization of mitochondrial membrane is one of the early stages of apoptosis and Laser Scanning Fluorescence Microscopy allows to determine changes in transmembrane mitochondrial potential under influence of PDT depending on the kind of photosensitizer (PP(Arg)(2), Hp(Arg)(2)), the energy(More)
Many phosphorylated nucleoside derivatives have therapeutic potential, but their application is limited by problems with membrane permeability and with intracellular delivery. Here, we prepared polypyrrole microvessel structures modified with superparamagnetic nanoparticles for use as potential carriers of nucleotides. The microvessels were prepared via the(More)
Sulforaphane (SFN), a naturally occurring chemopreventive and anticancer agent, is a nuclear factor, erythroid 2-like 2 (NFE2L2/Nrf2) inducer. Nrf2 plays a critical role in coordinating the cell defense system by initiating the transcription of cytoprotective genes, including detoxification enzymes such as NAD(P)H quinone dehydrogenase 1 (NQO1) and(More)
Due to the similarity between Pd and Pt, the complexes of palladium(II) can be considered as potential anticancer agents. Activity of six PdCl2(X2Py)2 complexes (Py=pyridine, and X=CH3 or Cl) was measured by MTT test using MCF7, CCRF-SB, PC3 and human B-lymphoblastoid cell lines. We found that the effect of PdCl2(XnPy)2 was cell-specific and time-dependent.(More)
Three pairs of enantiomers of the unknown sulforaphane analogs bearing organofluorine substituents bonded to the sulfinyl sulfur atom and having different number of methylene groups in the central carbon chain were synthesized and fully characterized, including determination of their absolute configurations. All the new compounds were tested in vitro for(More)
Mitochondria are cell energetic centers where ATP is produced. They also play a very important role in the PDT as intracellular sites of photosensitizer localization. Photosensitizers gathering in mitochondria (like porphyrin derivatives used in this work) are more effective in tumor cell destruction. Moreover, it was assumed that di-amino acid substituents(More)
Multiple in vitro tests are widely applied to assess the anticancer activity of new compounds, including their combinations and interactions with other drugs. The MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay is one of the most commonly used assays to assess the efficacy and interactions of anticancer agents. However, it can be(More)
The isothiocyanates present in the cruciferous plants were proved to have the antiproliferative and cytotoxic effect on cancer cell lines. Natural compounds in combination with chemotherapy agents enhance anticancer activities of drugs and reduce their toxicity. The aim of the presented study was to determine an effect of isothiocyanates and 5-fluorouracil(More)