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BACKGROUND Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) have been implicated in pancreatic fibrosis as they synthesise increased amounts of extracellular matrix proteins in response to activation by profibrogenic mediators such as cytokines. AIMS The purpose of this study was to analyse cytokine receptor stimulated signalling pathways involved in PSC activation.(More)
There is growing evidence that pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) produce cytokines and take part in the regulation of inflammatory processes in the pancreas. IL-15 inhibits apoptosis of various cell populations. This study was performed to investigate whether PSCs produce IL-15 and thereby can affect lymphocytes. Primary PSCs were isolated from the rat(More)
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) are crucially involved in the development of fibrosis, a hallmark of chronic pancreatitis. Therefore, PSC represent an attractive target for the modulation of cellular functions providing the prerequisite for the establishment of novel therapeutic strategies like transfer of genetic material to the cells. Based on recent(More)
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