Marjan Bouma

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Adenosine is an endogenous nucleoside that can modulate the function of cells involved in the inflammatory response, such as polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) and monocytes. Production and release of cytokines by activated mononuclear phagocytes is an important event in the pathogenesis of ischemia-reperfusion injury, a pathologic phenomenon that is(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE In view of the important regulatory role of cytokines in wound healing and inflammation, we investigated the effects of low energy laser irradiation on cytokine release by human peripheral blood monocytes (M phi) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in vitro. Also, the effects of laser light on the expression of(More)
Ischemia induces excessive ATP catabolism with subsequent local release of its metabolite adenosine, an autacoid with anti-inflammatory properties. Because activation of the vascular endothelium is critical to the inflammatory host response during ischemia and reperfusion, the effects of adenosine on two major determinants of endothelial cell activation(More)
Adenosine, acting via A2 receptors, is a potent inhibitor of neutrophil oxidative burst, but its effects and mechanisms of action on neutrophil degranulation have been less well characterized. We, therefore, investigated the effects of adenosine and its receptor-specific analogues on neutrophil degranulation in stimulated human whole blood. Adenosine(More)
The currently available taxanes paclitaxel(Taxol®) and docetaxel(Taxotere®) are clinically effectiveagainst advanced breast, ovarian andnon-small cell lung cancer. Due to theirlow aqueous solubility, both taxanes poseddifficulties to the pharmaceuticalscientists with respect to the developmentof an intravenous dosage form. At present,paclitaxel is(More)
NAMI-A is a novel ruthenium complex with selective activity against cancer metastases currently in Phase I clinical trials in The Netherlands. The chemical stability of this new agent was investigated utilizing a stability-indicating reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic assay with ultraviolet detection and ultraviolet/visible light(More)
Adhesion of leukocytes to the vascular endothelium hallmarks a key event in neutrophil-mediated organ injury after ischemia-reperfusion. The autacoid adenosine has been shown to inhibit activated neutrophil function and to interfere with leukocyte-endothelial adherence. Its therapeutic use in ischemia-reperfusion, however, has been limited by severe(More)
Kahalalide F is a novel antitumor agent isolated from the marine mollusk Elysia rufescens; it has shown highly selective in vitro activity against androgen-independent prostate tumors. The purpose of this study was to develop a stable parenteral formulation of kahalalide F to be used in early clinical trials. Solubility and stability of kahalalide F were(More)
An in vitro biocompatibility study was performed with the pharmaceutical formulation of the investigational, marine-derived anticancer agent kahalalide F developed for early clinical studies. The pharmaceutical formulation consists of a lyophilized product containing 150 micrograms kahalalide F, 3 mg citric acid, 3 mg polysorbate 80, and 150 mg of sucrose(More)
Aplidine is a naturally occurring cyclic depsipeptide isolated from the Mediterranean tunicate Aplidium albicans. Aplidine displays promising in vitro and in vivo antitumor activities against various solid human tumor xenografts and is therefore developed now for clinical testing. The aim of this study was to develop a stable parenteral pharmaceutical(More)