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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)
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 un-measured process disturbances. Assumptions that are relevant to coating processes found in industry are used(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)
NAMI-A is a ruthenium-based compound with selective anti-metastasis activity in experimental models of solid tumours. We studied whether this activity was dependent on anti-angiogenic ability of NAMI-A. We thus investigated its in vitro effects on endothelial cell functions necessary for angiogenesis to develop, as well as its in vivo effects in the chick(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)
Hyperforin (Hyp), the major lipophilic constituent of St. John's wort, was assayed as a stable dicyclohexylammonium salt (Hyp-DCHA) for cytotoxicity and inhibition of matrix proteinases, tumor invasion, and metastasis. Hyp-DCHA triggered apoptosis-associated cytotoxic effect in both murine (C-26, B16-LU8, and TRAMP-C1) and human (HT-1080 and SK-N-BE) tumor(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)
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)
Proteinase-3 (PR-3), a serine-proteinase mainly expressed by polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), can degrade a variety of extracellular matrix proteins and may contribute to a number of inflammation-triggered diseases. Here, we show that in addition to Matrigel(TM) components, PR-3 is also able to degrade denatured collagen and directly activate secreted(More)