Katarzyna Winnicka

Learn More
Chitosan-one of the natural multifunctional polymers-due to its unique and versatile biological properties is regarded as a useful compound in medical and pharmaceutical technology. Recently, considerable research effort has been made in order to develop safe and efficient chitosan products. However, the problem of poor stability of chitosan-based systems(More)
We evaluated the cytotoxicity and underlying mechanisms of cardiac glycosides, including digoxin, ouabain and proscillaridin A, on the proliferation of breast cancer MCF-7 cells. In terms of inhibition of cell proliferation of MCF-7 cells, the compounds rank in the order proscillaridin A>digoxin>ouabain. While both digoxin and ouabain inhibited(More)
Piracetam (2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine-acetamide), the most common of the nootropic drugs, is a cyclic derivative of gamma-aminobutyric acid. The treatment with piracetam improves learning, memory, brain metabolism, and capacity. Piracetam has been shown to alter the physical properties of the plasma membrane by increasing its fluidity and by protecting the cell(More)
A novel amidine analogue of melphalan (AB4) was compared to its parent drug, melphalan in respect to cytotoxicity, DNA and collagen biosynthesis in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. It was found that AB4 was more active inhibitor of DNA and collagen synthesis as well more cytotoxic agent than melphalan. The topoisomerase I/II inhibition assay(More)
In this study, we looked at the effect of ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A on human fibroblasts. These data show that low concentrations of ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A can activate proliferation of human fibroblasts, suggesting that the Na+, K+-adenosine triphosphatase complex may act as a transducing receptor. It was shown that 30 nM(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the cytotoxicity, antiproliferative activity, and apoptosis induction activity of two modified glycosides – digoxin and proscillaridin A – conjugated to a generation 3 polyamidoamine dendrimer (G3 PAMAM-NH ) in human breast cancer cells. The results suggest that conjugation with the G3 PAMAM-NH dendrimer enhances(More)
The well known and accepted mode of action of cardiac glycosides is inhibition of the ubiquitous plasma membrane Na+, K+-ATPase that leads to increased intracellular Ca2+ ion concentrations. Ca2+ ions play pivotal role in many signaling pathways including those regulating apoptosis. It has been suggested that some forms of cardiac glycosides inhibit(More)
Three derivatives of ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A containing the carboxylic group instead of the lactone moiety were synthesized and examined for cytotoxicity in human breast cancer cells. Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of these compounds employing an MTT assay and inhibition of [3H]thymidine incorporation into DNA in both MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231(More)
We examined the effects of three cardiac glycosides, ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A, on the proliferation of estrogen independent MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. In terms of reduction in cell viability, the compounds rank for both 24 h and 48 h of incubation in MDA-MB-231 cells in the order proscillaridin A > digoxin > ouabain. Digoxin for 24 h and(More)
Two modified glycosides--digoxin and proscillaridin A conjugated to a generation 3 of polyamidoamine dendrimer (G3 PAMAM-NH2) were evaluated as DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors. The ability of these compounds (PAMAM-Dig and PAMAM-Prosc) to inhibit topoisomerase I and II activity was quantified by measuring the action on supercoiled DNA substrate as a(More)