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BACKGROUND Given the association of consumption of green tea with prevention of cancer development, metastasis, and angiogenesis, the effect of the main flavanol present, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), on two gelatinases most frequently overexpressed in cancer and angiogenesis (MMP-2 and MMP-9) and on tumor cell invasion and chemotaxis were examined. (More)
Flavanols--a class of plant polyphenols abundant in tea leaves and grape seeds and skins--have been found to inhibit some matrix-proteases instrumental in inflammation and cancer invasion, such as leukocyte elastase (LE) and gelatinases. In order to establish the relationship between chemical structure and activity, 27 different flavonoids (antocyanidins,(More)
Hyperforin (Hyp), a polyphenol-derivative of St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), has emerged as key player not only in the antidepressant activity of the plant but also as an inhibitor of bacteria lymphocyte and tumor cell proliferation, and matrix proteinases. We tested whether as well as inhibiting leukocyte elastase (LE) activity, Hyp might be(More)
Of special industrial interest is the cross-directional control of coating processes, where the cross direction refers to the direction perpendicular to the substrate movement. The objective of the controller is to maintain a uniform coating under unmeasured process disturbances. Assumptions that are relevant to coating processes found in industry are used(More)
Cultured fibroblasts from the dermis of normal subjects and of Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) patients were analysed for enzyme activity, protein and mRNA expression of metalloproteases (MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-9, MT1-MMP) and of their specific inhibitors (TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and TIMP-3). MMP-3, MMP-9 and TIMP-3 mRNAs and proteins failed to be detected in both the(More)
Green tea infusion has been shown to inhibit metastatic spreading of the transgenic adenocarcinoma of mouse prostate (TRAMP). Investigation on the molecular mechanisms triggered by the main green tea flavonoid, (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), shows that EGCG restrains TRAMP-C1 cell proliferation in a dose-dependent manner, at concentrations (IC(50) <(More)
The activation of zymogen and the amount of proteinase and its inhibition are important in determining the eventual activity of matrix-degrading enzymes involved in tumor aggressiveness. To evaluate a gene complement leading to matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2; Mr 72,000 gelatinase) activity, membrane type 1 MMP (MT1-MMP), urokina se-type plasininogen(More)
NAMI-A is a ruthenium complex endowed with a selective effect on lung metastases of solid metastasizing tumors. The aim of this study is to provide evidence that NAMI-A's effect is based on the selective sensitivity of the metastasis cell, as compared with other tumor cells, and to show that lungs represent a privileged site for the antimetastatic effects.(More)
The activation of zymogen and the amount of proteinase and its inhibition are important in determining the eventual activity of matrix-degrading enzymes involved in tumor aggressiveness. To evaluate a gene complement leading to matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2; Mr 72,000 gelatinase) activity, membrane type 1 MMP (MT1-MMP), urokinase-type plasminogen(More)