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Platelet factor 4 (PF-4) blocked the binding of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to the plasma membrane receptor. Five micrograms/ml of PF-4 completely blocked the specific binding of bFGF to the receptor of NIH 3T3 cells. Endogenously produced bFGF regulates the spontaneous migration of bovine aortic endothelial (BAE) cells as an autocrine factor(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of chronic diabetes mellitus on electromechanical properties of ventricular papillary muscles. DESIGN Conventional glass microelectrodes and tension recording techniques were used in isolated hearts of rats made diabetic for 30-40 weeks by single intravenous injections of streptozotocin.(More)
We experimented with a wide range of serum-free media to find the best one for culturing insulinoma cells from the Syrian golden hamster, cell line In-R1-I10. Optimum cell growth came with a mixture of equal proportions of Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium and Ham's F-12, supplemented with 10(-6) M insulin, 10 micrograms/ml transferrin, and 10(-9) M(More)
This article is concerned with the role of thymic immunity in the development of diabetes experimentally induced by multiple injections of subdiabetogenic doses of streptozocin (STZ). Euthymic +/+, +/nu, and athymic nu/nu mice of CD-1 and BALB/cAJcl origin were studied. Daily intraperitoneal (i.p.) injections of 30 mg/kg body wt of STZ for 5 consecutive(More)
When bovine capillary endothelial (BCE) cells plated on type I collagen gel were covered with a second layer of collage gel, BCE cells reorganized into a network of capillary-like structures. In the presence of affinity purified anti-basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) antibody, this reorganization was inhibited. By using a computerized image analyzer,(More)
Abnormalities in ultrastructures of islet capillaries were detected in db/db mice, with the visual inspection and morphometry of electron micrographs. The observed changes are: (1) capillary scarcity; (2) increase in the mean and diversity of capillary size; (3) pericapillary edema and fibrosis; (4) hypertrophy of the pericyte and abundance therein of(More)
Rat pancreatic islets cultured for 6 days at 100 or 500 mg/dl glucose and 20 or 7% O2 were examined electron-microscopically, and insulin accumulation in the culture media was assayed immunologically. In the islets cultured at 500 mg/dl glucose and 20% O2, B cells exhibited hypertrophy of granular endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus, an abundance of(More)
The migration of arterial smooth muscle cells from the media to the intima is a crucial event for the development of the atherosclerotic lesion, and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) is thought to play an important role in this process. Here we report that the spontaneous migration of bovine smooth muscle (BSM) cells is dependent on endogenously(More)
Conditioned medium from density-inhibited V79 Chinese hamster cell cultures, given as a post-treatment to UV-irradiated homologous cells, was demonstrated to reduce the lethal action of ultraviolet light by temporarily blocking DNA replication. Since the increased survival was not affected by various non-toxic concentrations of caffeine, such protective(More)
The prolonged effects of glucose and insulin on cultured human microvascular endothelial cells from omental tissue (HOMEC) were observed to identify the contribution of sustained hyperglycemia and/or hyperinsulinemia to the pathogenesis of diabetic microangiopathy. When the cells were cultured for 10 days in Medium 199 with 100 or 500 mg/dl glucose, the(More)