Kinga Switala-Jeleń

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Bacteriophages (phages) as bacterial viruses are generally believed to have no intrinsic tropism for mammalian cells. In this study the interactions between phages and various eukaryotic cells were investigated. Binding of phages to the membranes of cancer and normal blood cells was observed. Moreover, it was shown that the wild-type phage T4 (wtT4) and its(More)
BACKGROUND Previously, we have shown the ability of the bacteriophage T4 and its substrain HAP1 (selected for a higher affinity to melanoma cells) to reveal antimetastatic activity in a mouse melanoma model. Here, we investigated the potential phage anticancer activity in primary tumour models. MATERIALS AND METHODS Mice were inoculated subcutaneously(More)
Background: While the ability of bacteriophages to kill bacteria is well known and has been used in some centers to combat antibiotics – resistant infections, our knowledge about phage interactions with mammalian cells is very limited and phages have been believed to have no intrinsic tropism for those cells. Presentation of the hypothesis: At least some(More)
It has been known that administration of antibiotics may lead to excessive release of bacterial endotoxins and complicate clinical course of patients with Gram-negative infections. This concern may also apply to phages. Endotoxin may in turn activate neutrophils to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are believed to play an important role in the(More)
Due to the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant bacterial infections in the "post-antibiotic era," bacteriophages (bacterial viruses, BP) may be useful to administer to transplant recipients without exposing them to an increased risk of rejection, which occurs consequent to some viral infections. Herein we present evidence that at least some coliphages(More)
Integrins comprise a large family of alphabeta heterodimeric cell-surface receptors that are found in many animal species. They are expressed on a wide variety of cells. There are two members in the beta3 integrin family: alphaIIb beta3 and alpha(v)beta3. This class of adhesion receptors mediates cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions.(More)
Bacteriophage (phage) T4 belonging to T-even phages is one of the best known phages with a completely deciphered genome sequence. As a model of living systems, T4 phage has many technical advantages. It can be very easily grown in large quantities, manipulated by classical genetics, and engineered by site-directed mutagenesis. Many substances have been(More)
We previously investigated the biological, non-antibacterial effects of bacteriophage T4 in mammals (binding to cancer cells in vitro and attenuating tumour growth and metastases in vivo); we selected the phage mutant HAP1 that was significantly more effective than T4. In this study we describe a non-sense mutation in the hoc gene that differentiates(More)
The past few years have shown significant resurgent interest in the old concept of bacteriophage therapy. Some research groups continue to develop whole bacteriophage preparations as alternatives to antibiotic antibacterial treatment. However, improvements in the methods of purification of phage preparations open new opportunities in the successful(More)
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