Małgorzata Kucińska

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We examined the effect of resveratrol (RVT) and its two derivatives (3,3′,4,4′-tetrahydroxy-trans-stilbene and 3,3′,4,4′,5,5′-hexahydroxy-trans-stilbene) on human peritoneal mesothelial cell (HPMC)-dependent angiogenesis in vitro. To this end, angiogenic activity of endothelial cells (HUVEC, HMVEC, and HMEC-1) was monitored upon their exposure to(More)
CONTEXT Lichens produce specific secondary metabolites with different biological activity. OBJECTIVE This study investigated the cytotoxic effects of physodic acid, in addition to the total phenolic content and cytotoxic and antioxidant activity of acetone extract from Hypogymnia physodes (L.) Nyl. (Parmeliaceae). MATERIALS AND METHODS Cytotoxicity of(More)
The role of mesothelial cells in the intraperitoneal spread of ovarian cancer is still elusive. In particular, it is unclear whether these cells constitute a passive barrier preventing cancer cell progression or perhaps act as an active promoter of this process. In this report we show that omental human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs) stimulate(More)
Gastrointestinal cancers metastasize into the peritoneal cavity in a process controlled by peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs). In this paper we examined if senescent HPMCs can intensify the progression of colorectal (SW480) and pancreatic (PSN-1) cancers in vitro and in vivo. Experiments showed that senescent HPMCs stimulate proliferation, migration and(More)
In screening studies, the cytotoxic activity of four metabolites of resveratrol analogue 3,4,5,4'-tetramethoxystilbene (DMU-212) against A-2780 and SKOV-3 ovarian cancer cells was investigated. The most active metabolite, 3'-hydroxy-3,4,5,4'-tetramethoxystilbene (DMU-214), was chosen for further studies. The cytotoxicity of DMU-214 was shown to be higher(More)
Although both incidence and aggressiveness of ovarian malignancy rise with age, the exact reason for this tendency, in particular the contribution of senescent cells, remains elusive. In this project we found that the patient's age determines the frequency of intraperitoneal metastases of ovarian cancer. Moreover, we documented that senescent human(More)
Sirtuins are a NAD(+)-dependent deacetylases involved in several cellular processes like e.g. transcriptional silencing, regulation of apoptosis, fat homeostasis and aging. Mammalian sirtuins are located in cytoplasm, nucleus as well as mitochondria. The sirtuins exhibit a number of intriguing biological properties and increase of their activity was(More)
In this project we examined how the presence of human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs) modifies (supports or inhibits) colorectal and pancreatic cancer cell progression in mice peritoneal cavity. Experiments were performed using primary, omentum-derived HPMCs, commercially available colorectal (SW-480) and pancreatic (PSN-1) cancer cells, and(More)
Sir2 proteins known as sirtuins belong to the family of NAD(+)-dependent deacetylases. Seven mammalian homologues belonging to the family of Sir2 proteins (SIRT2 1-7) were identified. Due to catalytic activity involving multiple substrates, sirtuins play an important role in regulating processes prerequisite to proper functioning of the body. They exhibit(More)
Oxygenation is one of the most important physiological parameters of biological systems. Low oxygen concentration (hypoxia) is associated with various pathophysiological processes in different organs. Hypoxia is of special importance in tumor therapy, causing poor response to treatment. Triaryl methyl (TAM) derivative radicals are commonly used in electron(More)