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The passage of leukocytes through basement membranes involves proteolytic degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) components executed by focalized proteolysis. We have investigated whether the migration of leukocytes through 3-dimensional collagenous tissue scaffolds requires similar ECM breakdown. Human T blasts and SupT1 lymphoma cells expressed mRNA of(More)
USA 1999;96:12719-24. 16 Bataller R, Brenner D. Hepatic stellate cells as a target for the treatment of liver fibrosis. Seminars in Liver Disease 2001;21:437-51. 17 Benyon RC, Arthur MJP. Extracellular matrix degradation and the role of hepatic stellate cells. Seminars in Liver Disease 2001;21:373-84. 18 Benyon RC, Iredale JP, Goddard S, Winwood PJ, Arthur(More)
Human cytomegalovirus infection can lead to life-threatening clinical manifestations particularly in the immunocompromised host. Current therapy options face severe limitations leading to a continued search for alternative drug candidates. Viral replication is dependent on a balanced interaction between viral and cellular proteins. Especially protein(More)
The environmental exposure to mercury by riverine and Indian communities can occur through the ingestion of fish and products contaminated by mercury compounds. The present study aims to evaluate the total mercury concentration in the different fish species most consumed in the municipality of Itaituba, Tapajós river basin, where there are intense(More)
Total mercury and selenium concentrations were determined in hair samples collected from Wari (Pacaás Novos) Indians living in Doutor Tanajura village, Gujará-Mirim city, Rondĵnia State. The mercury concentrations in some samples are much higher than the values determined in samples from individuals not exposed to mercury contamination, occupationally or(More)
Four populations in the Amazon area were selected for a comparative study of mercury-exposed and non-exposed populations: São Luiz do Tapajós, Barreiras, Panacauera, and Pindobal Grande. The highest mercury levels in human hair samples were found in São Luiz do Tapajós and Barreiras, greatly exceeding the limits established by the World Health Organization.(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate mercury and selenium concentrations in hair samples of reproductive age women from riverside communities of the Tapajós River basin. We studied 19 pregnant and 21 non-pregnant women, 13 to 45 years old, living in the region for at least 2 years, and having a diet rich in fish. The analysis of Se and total Hg were(More)
The UL69 gene product of human cytomegalovirus belongs to a family of regulatory proteins conserved among all herpesviruses that have in part been characterized as posttranscriptional transactivators participating in the nuclear export of RNA. Recent experiments suggested that pUL69 also acts as a posttranscriptional activator since it was demonstrated that(More)
Mercury is a major public health concern because of its widespread occurrence in the environment and its toxic effects on humans, mainly through fish ingestion. On the other hand, selenium is known by its antioxidant effect. For this reason, the knowledge of the correlation between mercury and selenium concentrations in fish samples can bring important(More)
Recently, we described phorbol ester-induced expression of the brain and skin serine proteinase Bssp/kallikrein 6 (Klk6), the mouse orthologue of human KLK6, in mouse back skin and in advanced tumor stages of a well-established multistage tumor model. Here, we show KLK6 up-regulation in squamous skin tumors of human patients and in tumors of other(More)