Meera Umachandran

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Exposure of precision-cut rat liver slices to six structurally diverse polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, namely benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, dibenzo[a,h]anthracene, dibenzo[a,l]pyrene, fluoranthene and 1-methylphenanthrene, led to induction of ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase, CYP1A apoprotein and CYP1A1 mRNA levels, but to a markedly different extent.(More)
Human neural stem cells offer the hope that a cell therapy treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) could be made widely available. In this study, we describe two clonal human neural cell lines, derived from two different 10-week-old fetal mesencephalic tissues and immortalized with the c-mycER(TAM) transgene. Under the growth control of 4-hydroxytamoxifen,(More)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) differ markedly in their carcinogenic potencies. Differences in transcriptomic responses upon PAH exposures might improve our current understanding of the differences in carcinogenicity, and therefore gene expression modulation by six PAHs in precision-cut rat liver slices was investigated. Gene expression modulation(More)
The cytosolic glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) comprise a pivotal enzyme system protecting the cell from electrophilic compounds. It plays a major role in the detoxication of the primary and dihydrodiol epoxides of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), so that modulation of this enzyme system by PAHs will impact on their carcinogenic activity. The(More)
The potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to modulate microsomal epoxide hydrolase activity, determined using benzo[a]pyrene 5-oxide as substrate, in human liver, was evaluated and compared to rat liver. Precision-cut liver slices prepared from fresh human liver were incubated with six structurally diverse PAHs, at a range of concentrations,(More)
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