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A number of studies performed in our laboratory and elsewhere, showed that resveratrol is able to prevent carcinogenesis and to impair tumor growth and progression. In order to provide additional information on the pleiotropic effects of resveratrol on malignant cells, the present study was performed to test the in vitro influence of the compound on the(More)
A number of previous studies investigated the in vitro effects of resveratrol on malignant human breast epithelial cell replication. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the activity of resveratrol on human metastatic breast cancer cells. The study was performed on the MCF-7 tumor cell line. Cell growth, cell cycle perturbation and apoptosis were(More)
Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene), a polyphenol found in grapes and grape products such as red wine, has been reported to exhibit a wide range of biological and pharmacological activities both in vitro and in vivo. Because many of the biological activities of resveratrol, like the inhibition of cyclooxygenase, induction of CD95 signaling-dependent(More)
The cytokine responses exerted by virus-primed spleen T cells upon in vitro restimulation were studied. Spleen cells obtained from mice injected intraperitoneally with A/PR8 (H1N1) influenza virus (PR8) were restimulated in vitro with UV-inactivated PR8 virus. The percentage of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells producing IL2, IL4, or IFN-gamma was assayed at the(More)
We have studied the patterns of interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-4 and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) co-expression displayed by individual splenic CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in response to influenza virus immunization. Unseparated spleen cells obtained from mice intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with A/PR8 (H1N1) influenza virus (PR8) were cultured for 24 hr in the(More)
The aim of the present study is to investigate in humans the mechanism by which the oral vaccine Polyvalent Mechanical Bacterial Lysate (PMBL) can rapidly mobilize specific immune response and evaluate the efficacy of its immunostimulating activity in preventing recurrent infections of the upper respiratory tract (URTIs) in a group of patients with a(More)
MLBL is an oral immunostimulating vaccine consisting of bacterial standardized lysates obtained by mechanical lysis of different strains of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that can cause acute and chronic infections of the respiratory tract. Previous studies suggested a stimulating effect of MLBL both on humoral and cellular immune responses. In(More)
The immunocompetence of newborn guinea pigs was evaluated in comparison with that of adults. The capacity of spleen cells from neonatal guinea pigs to produce antibodies to SRBC was found to be reduced, while no differences were observed in the capacity of those cells to respond to mitogenic stimulation or to form E rosettes with rabbit red blood cells. The(More)
The age-related changes of different T-cell activities in guinea pigs and the effect of Thymostimulin (TS), a thymus extract, on the immunocompetence of these cells was studied. Mitogen-induced proliferation of peripheral blood lymphocytes was increased by TS in vitro. The intraperitoneal administration of TS (5 mg/kg) to aged animals restored the helper(More)