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Ex vivo islet cell culture prior to transplantation appears as an attractive alternative for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Previous results from our laboratory have demonstrated beneficial effects of human prolactin (rhPRL) treatment on human islet primary cultures. In order to probe into the molecular events involved in the intracellular action of rhPRL in(More)
BACKGROUND The in vitro culture of insulinomas provides an attractive tool to study cell proliferation and insulin synthesis and secretion. However, only a few human beta cell lines have been described, with long-term passage resulting in loss of insulin secretion. Therefore, we set out to establish and characterize human insulin-releasing cell lines. (More)
Metastasis is the main factor responsible for death in breast cancer patients. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors, known as tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), and the membrane-associated MMP inhibitor (RECK), are essential for the metastatic process. We have previously shown a positive correlation between MMPs and their inhibitors(More)
The problem of pancreas donor shortage could be addressed through in vitro islet-cell proliferation prior to transplantation into diabetic patients. Therefore, we set out to evaluate the effects of prolactin (rhPRL) and laminin on primary cultures of human pancreatic islets. Our results showed that rhPRL induced an increase in islet-cell number and in(More)
Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) exert a potent anti-proliferative activity on several cell types. The classic molecular mechanism of GCs involves modulation of the activity of the glucocorticoids receptor, a transcriptional regulator. However, the anti-proliferative effect of GCs may also involve modulation of processes such as translation, subcellular(More)
Specific reports have linked GPC3 with cancer. Its usefulness as a marker has been proved for hepatocarcinoma, melanoma and ovary carcinoma. However, there are no studies analyzing GPC3 usefulness as a biomarker in mammary tumors. The aim of this work was to analyze GPC3 expression in breast tissues and to determine whether it might be useful as a biomarker(More)
The REversion-inducing Cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motif (RECK) is a well-known inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and cellular invasion. Although high expression levels of RECK have already been correlated with a better clinical outcome for several tumor types, its main function, as well as its potential prognostic value for breast cancer(More)
In view of the great demand for human beta-cells for physiological and medical studies, we generated cell lines derived from human insulinomas which secrete insulin, C-peptide and express neuroendocrine and islet markers. In this study, we set out to characterize their proteomes, comparing them to those of primary beta-cells using DIGE followed by MS. The(More)
Swine-origin pandemic human influenza A(H1N1)2009 rapidly spread around the world since its initial reporting on the 25 th of April 2009. To counter the virus, different vaccines were developed. In Belgium, the Pandemrix vaccine of GSK was used. Part of the Belgian population was vaccinated, especially those belonging to risk groups (immunodepressed(More)
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