Monika Sakowicz-Burkiewicz

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Toxoplasma gondii infects astrocytes, neurons and microglia cells in the CNS and, after acute encephalitis, persists within neurons. Robust astrocyte activation is a hallmark of Toxoplasma encephalitis (TE); however, the in vivo function of astrocytes is largely unknown. To study their role in TE we generated C57BL/6 GFAP-Cre gp130(fl/fl) mice (where GFAP(More)
Pyruvate dehydrogenase reaction utilizing glucose-derived pyruvate is an almost exclusive source of acetyl-CoA in different cell mitochondrial compartments of the brain. In neuronal mitochondria, the largest fraction of acetyl-CoA is utilized for energy production and the much smaller one for N-acetyl-L-aspartate (NAA) synthesis. Cholinergic neurons, unlike(More)
In diabetes several aspects of immunity are altered, including the immunomodulatory action of adenosine. Our study was undertaken to investigate the effect of different glucose and insulin concentrations on activities of adenosine metabolizing enzymes in human B lymphocytes line SKW 6.4. The activity of adenosine deaminase in the cytosolic fraction was very(More)
Persistent measles virus infections play a crucial role in the pathomechanism of otosclerosis. The study was undertaken to investigate the role of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) in otosclerotic bone remodeling and to assess the relation of TNF-α, OPG and IL-1β expression levels in otosclerotic stape(More)
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