Serban Morosan

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UNLABELLED Hepatic tumors, exhibiting mature hepatocytes and undifferentiated cells merging with cholangiocyte and hepatocyte phenotypes, are frequently described. The mechanisms by which they occur remain unclear. We report differentiation and transdifferentiation behaviors of human HepaRG cells isolated from a differentiated tumor developed consecutively(More)
Cell lines have many advantages: they can be manipulated genetically, expanded, and stockpiled for organ transplantation. Freshly isolated hepatocytes, oval cells, pancreatic cells, and hematopoietic stem cells have been shown to repopulate the damaged liver. Here we show that bipotential mouse embryonic liver (BMEL) stem cell lines participate in liver(More)
Experimental studies of Plasmodium parasites that infect humans are restricted by their host specificity. Humanized mice offer a means to overcome this and further provide the opportunity to observe the parasites in vivo. Here we improve on previous protocols to achieve efficient double engraftment of TK-NOG mice by human primary hepatocytes and red blood(More)
Up until recently, the relevance of Plasmodium falciparum-infected humanized mice for malaria studies has been questioned because of the low percentage of mice in which the parasite develops. Advances in the generation of new immunodeficient mouse strains combined with the use of protocols that modulate the innate immune defenses of mice have facilitated(More)
Orthotopic liver transplantation is limited by the shortage of liver donors, leading to elderly patients being enrolled as donors with increasing frequency. Alternative strategies such as cell therapy are therefore needed. Because transplanted hepatocytes do not proliferate into a recipient liver, repopulation strategies have been developed. We have(More)
BACKGROUND The liver stage of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is the least known, yet it holds the greatest promise for the induction of sterile immunity and the development of novel drugs. Progress has been severely limited by the lack of adequate in vitro and in vivo models. METHODS Recently, it was found that immunodeficient mice(More)
In fetal liver, bipotential hepatoblasts differentiate into hepatocytes and bile duct cells (cholangiocytes). The persistence of such progenitor cells in adult mouse liver is still debated. In damaged liver of adult murine animals, when hepatocyte proliferation is compromised, bipotential oval cells emerge, probably from bile ducts, proliferate, and(More)
The role of the hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) in the pathogenesis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains unclear. HBx exhibits pleiotropic biological effects, whose in vivo relevance is a matter for debate. In the present report, we have used a combination of HBx-expressing transgenic mice and liver cell transplantation to investigate the in vivo(More)
Current treatments for HBV chronic carriers using interferon alpha or nucleoside analogues are not effective in all patients and may induce the emergence of HBV resistant strains. Bay 41-4109, a member of the heteroaryldihydropyrimidine family, inhibits HBV replication by destabilizing capsid assembly. The aim of this study was to determine the antiviral(More)
Allogenic hepatocyte transplantation or autologous transplantation of genetically modified hepatocytes has been used successfully to correct congenital or acquired liver diseases and can be considered as an alternative to orthotopic liver transplantation. However, hepatocytes are neither easily maintained in culture nor efficiently genetically modified and(More)