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The regulation of plasmin generation on cell surfaces is of critical importance in the control of vascular homeostasis. Cell-derived microparticles participate in the dissemination of biological activities. However, their capacity to promote plasmin generation has not been documented. In this study, we show that endothelial microparticles (EMPs) from tumor(More)
Enrichment of the environment is an effective means of enhancing neuronal development and plasticity but its effect on the cross-modal compensation resulting from sensory deprivation has never been investigated. The present study used c-Fos immunohistochemistry and dextran-biotin neuronal tracing to examine the reorganization of sensory modalities in the(More)
The occipital cortex, normally visual, can be activated by auditory or somatosensory tasks in the blind. This cross-modal compensation appears after early or late onset of blindness with differences in activation between early and late blind. This could support the hypothesis of a reorganization of sensory pathways in the early blind that does not occur in(More)
BACKGROUND We recently assigned a new fibrinolytic function to cell-derived microparticles in vitro. In this study we explored the relevance of this novel property of microparticles to the in vivo situation. DESIGN AND METHODS Circulating microparticles were isolated from the plasma of patients with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura or cardiovascular(More)
The gods … contrived the eyes to give light … The pure fire which is within us … they made to flow through the eyes in a stream smooth and dense … –Plato, Timaeus (c. 360 BC/1949, p. 27) … when the eyelids are contracted [the sight] is made to strike in a concentrated way … –Aristotle, Problems connected with the eyes (Problems, XXX1. 7-11) (c. 350 BC/1937,(More)
Oncofetal fucose-rich glycovariants of the pathological bile salt-dependent lipase (pBSDL) appear during human pancreatic oncogenesis and are detected by themonoclonal antibody J28 (mAbJ28). We aimed to identify murine counterparts onpancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells and tissue and investigate the potential of dendritic cells (DC) loaded with(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating CD34(+) cells, a population that includes endothelial progenitors, participate in the maintenance of endothelial integrity. Better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate their survival is crucial to improve their regenerative activity in cardiovascular and renal diseases. Chemokine-receptor cross talk is critical in regulating(More)
The isolation of giant viruses using amoeba co-culture is tedious and fastidious. Recently, the procedure was successfully associated with a method that detects amoebal lysis on agar plates. However, the procedure remains time-consuming and is limited to protozoa growing on agar. We present here advances for the isolation of giant viruses. A high-throughput(More)
Pleural biomarkers allowing to mini-invasively discriminate benign from malignant pleural effusions are needed. Among potential candidates, microparticles (MPs) are extracellular vesicles that vectorize antigen derived from the parent cell. We hypothesized that tumor-derived MPs could be present in the pleural liquid and help to identify patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Diagest 3 was a study aimed at lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 3 years after childbirth. Women with gestational diabetes were enrolled in the study. After childbirth, the subjects showed little interest in the structured education programme and did not attend workshops. Their general practitioners (GPs) were approached to(More)