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Apoptosis and proliferation are important causes of adverse health effects induced by inhaled ultrafine particles. The molecular mechanisms of particle cell interactions mediating these end points are therefore a major topic of current particle toxicology and molecular preventive medicine. Initial studies revealed that ultrafine particles induce apoptosis(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether mutations in the glucocorticoid receptor could account for the increasing unresponsiveness of patients with chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL) to combination chemotherapy. The receptor was tested immunocytochemically, in steroid binding assays, and by a mutation screening (denaturing gradient gel(More)
Concanavalin A (Con A) is the best-known plant lectin and has important in vitro biological activities arising from its specific saccharide-binding ability. Its exact biological role still remains unknown. The complexes of Con A with 4'-nitrophenyl-alpha-D-mannopyranoside (alpha-PNM) and 4'-nitrophenyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside (alpha-PNG) have been(More)
The main functional roles attributed to the centrosome, the major microtubule organizing center (MTOC) of metazoans, are related to cell locomotion, sensory perception and division. The role of vesicular trafficking in the regulation of the centrosome cycle has been largely unexplored. Recently, however, several studies have indicated the involvement of(More)
We have previously identified a Rho protein, RhoD, which localizes to the plasma membrane and the early endocytic compartment. Here, we show that a GTPase-deficient mutant of RhoD, RhoDG26V, causes hyperplasia and perturbed differentiation of the epidermis, when targeted to the skin of transgenic mice. In vitro, gain-of-function and loss-of-function(More)
There is a considerable discrepancy between the number of identified occupational-related bladder cancer cases and the estimated numbers particularly in emerging nations or less developed countries where suitable approaches are less or even not known. Thus, within a project of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health, a(More)
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