Malgorzata Bzowska

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It is becoming increasingly apparent that Staphylococcus aureus are able to survive engulfment by macrophages, and that the intracellular environment of these host cells, which is essential to innate host defenses against invading microorganisms, may in fact provide a refuge for staphylococcal survival and dissemination. Based on this, we postulated that S.(More)
Activated platelets adhere to the endothelium and release vasoactive mediators which induce vasoconstriction and remodeling of the vessel wall. The influence of native and ex vivo oxidized lipoproteins enriched with oxidized 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphorylcholine (ox-PAPC), the major lipid responsible for the biological activity of(More)
Earthworms irritated naturally (e.g. by predators) or experimentally extrude coelomocyte-containing coelomic fluid through the dorsal pores of the body wall. In the present study, the earthworms, Dendrobaena veneta, experimentally depleted of free-floating coelomocytes by multiple electric shocks (1 min, 4.5 V) remained fully vital and coelomocyte depletion(More)
Three-day dermal exposure of Dendrobaena veneta to metal ions differentially disrupts the immunocompetence/pathogen balance. Zn does not accumulate in the earthworm body, Cu accumulation is temperature-independent while Cd accumulation is stronger at 22 degrees C than at 10 degrees C. During in vitro incubation with metal ions at 22 degrees C, growth of(More)
Gingipains are cysteine proteinases produced by Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major causative bacterium of adult periodontitis. They consist of arginine-specific (HRgpA and RgpB) and lysine-specific (Kgp) proteinases. Gingipains strongly affect the host defense system by degrading some cytokines, components of the complement system, and several immune cell(More)
Abstract Circulating neutrophils and monocytes constitute the first line of antibacterial defence, which is responsible for the phagocytosis and killing of microorganisms. Previously, we have described that the staphylococcal cysteine proteinase staphopain B (SspB) cleaves CD11b on peripheral blood phagocytes, inducing the rapid development of features of(More)
Monocytes/macrophages undergo apoptosis and are in contact with apoptotic cells both in vitro and in vivo. The data show that monocytes undergoing spontaneous apoptosis in vitro change their cytokine production profile. We demonstrate that the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of interleukin-10 (IL-10) is up-regulated, while production of(More)
Circulating neutrophils and monocytes form the first line of cellular defense against invading bacteria. Here, we describe a novel and specific mechanism of disabling and eliminating phagocytes by Staphylococcus aureus. Staphopain B (SspB) selectively cleaved CD11b on phagocytes, which rapidly acquired features of cell death. SspB-treated phagocytes(More)
It is believed that bioactive compounds from plant foods may have health beneficial effects and reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases. In this study extracts of 121 plants typical for the traditional Mediterranean diet have been screened for their potential anti-inflammatory activities. The ability of the extracts to inhibit cytokine-stimulated,(More)
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