Marilena Lupu

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The enhanced metabolism of phosphoinositides, which is associated with a wide variety of stimuli and physiological responses, has been studied intensively. Berridge and his collaborators demonstrated that the first measurable reaction following cell membrane receptor activation is a rapid hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PtdIns(4,5)P2),(More)
The umbilical cord blood derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) contribute to vascular regeneration in experimental models of ischaemia. However, their ability to participate in cardiovascular tissue restoration has not been elucidated yet. We employed a novel coculture system to investigate whether human EPCs have the capacity to integrate into living(More)
Wharton's jelly (WJ) is a rich source of multiple-lineage differentiating cells, recently proposed for cell replacement therapy. However, their ability to integrate into the cardiac tissue has not been elucidated, yet. We employed in vitro cardiac transplantation models to investigate the capacity of a novel population of human WJ-derived mesenchymal stem(More)
Promise of cell therapy has advanced the use of adult stem cells towards the development of novel approaches to promote regeneration of injured endothelium. The aim of this study was to stimulate endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) with lectin isolated from Solanum tuberosum (potato) shoot and Calendula officinalis (marigold) extracts, in order to increase(More)
[3H]inositol and 32Pi were simultaneously incorporated into rat parotid phosphatidylinositol. The ratio of [3H]/32Pi incorporation dropped dramatically following stimulation with muscarinic or alpha-adrenergic agonists and returned to control values following the addition of appropriate antagonists. The drop in [3H]/32Pi ratio can be explained by a rapid(More)
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