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Angiogenesis is a key process of dynamic tissue remodeling occurring during placentation. Compelling evidence indicates that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an important mediator of placental angiogenesis and appears to be deregulated in preeclampsia. Recently a new angiogenic factor, endocrine gland-derived VEGF (EG-VEGF), also known as(More)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder. Genetic loci have not yet been identified by genome-wide association studies. Rare copy number variations (CNVs), such as chromosomal deletions or duplications, have been implicated in ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. To identify rare(More)
Screening for specific biomarkers of early-stage detection of ovarian cancer is a major health priority due to the asymptomatic nature and poor survival characteristic of the disease. We utilised two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) to identify differentially expressed proteins in the serum of ovarian cancer patients that may be useful as biomarkers of(More)
Chronic voluntary exercise in wheels for 5 weeks in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) augments in vivo natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity. Endogenous beta-endorphin is increased in cerebrospinal fluid after voluntary exercise in rats and we have recently shown that beta-endorphin administered i.c.v. augments NK cell mediated cytotoxicity in vivo in a(More)
Endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factor (EG-VEGF), also named prokineticin 1, is the canonical member of the prokineticin family. Numerous reports suggest a direct involvement of this peptide in normal and pathological reproductive processes. Recent advances propose EG-VEGF as a key endocrine factor that controls many aspects of placental(More)
The preparation of antibodies against the liver toxin microcystin, as described here, is of major importance for its detection and purification in food and water, and for a therapeutic approach to neutralize the toxin by passive immunization. Microcystin-LR (MLR) and microcystin-RR (MRR) were purified from cyanobacterial cell materials by extraction,(More)
Lipopeptide analogues of bacterial lipoprotein constitute polyclonal B lymphocyte activators. Combined with or covalently coupled to antigens, they act as potent adjuvants. We could show that antigens (BSA-DNP, TNP-SRBC, saxitoxin, HIV-1 gp160(BH10303-329, EGFR516-523) combined with or coupled to the synthetic lipodipeptide(More)
Lipopeptides of bacterial origin constitute potent immunoadjuvants when combined with antigens. After the immunization with lipopeptides covalently coupled to non-immunogenic low-molecular-mass antigens or haptens, a hapten-specific humoral immune response can often be obtained. The response against synthetically prepared melittin fragments was further(More)
Compelling evidence indicates that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an important mediator of placental angiogenesis and appears to be disregulated in pre-eclampsia (PE). Recently, we characterised the expression of EG-VEGF (endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factor), also known as prokineticin 1 (PK1) in human placenta during(More)
AIM It has been convincingly shown that oxidative stress and toxicity by deregulated metals, such as copper (Cu), are tightly linked to the development of pre-eclampsia and intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), the most threatening pathologies of human pregnancy. However, mechanisms implemented to control these effects are far from being understood. Among(More)