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Intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) modulates adipocyte lipid metabolism and inhibits the early stages of murine adipogenesis. Consequently, we evaluated effects of increasing [Ca(2+)](i) in early and late stages of human adipocyte differentiation. Increasing [Ca(2+)](i) with either thapsigargin or A23187 at 0-1 h of differentiation markedly suppressed(More)
While adipocyte differentiation has been studied extensively in murine cultures, the lack of a readily available preadipocyte model has hindered equivalent studies in man. We describe methods for the isolation and culture of primary human stromal cells from surgical adipose tissue specimens. In vitro, the stromal cells rapidly differentiate in response to a(More)
1. Human intrapulmonary arteries have been investigated in vitro in fresh tissue or after storage at -190 degrees C in foetal calf serum containing 1.8 M dimethyl sulphoxide. 2. After cryopreservation of the arteries, maximal contractile force was reduced to 76%. This was assessed by the responses (in g) to 10 nM of the thromboxane analogue, U 46619. 3.(More)
Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a pleiotropic cytokine that induces the generation and differentiation of lymphoid cells and shares many biological activities with IL-2. We have shown here the development of dendritic cells (DC) from human CD34+ hemopoietic precursor cells cultured for 2-4 weeks with IL-15 alone. DC generated with IL-15 have typical(More)
The cryoprotective effect of sucrose has been investigated using 3 different vascular smooth muscle preparations, namely canine saphenous veins and arteries and porcine circumflex coronary arteries following storage in liquid nitrogen (at −196°C). Contractile responses to noradrenaline, 5-HT, prostaglandin F2α and KCl and relaxant responses to substance P(More)
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