Tsvetana Ts Marinova

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BACKGROUND Thymic epithelial cells often form lymphoid-epithelial cell (LEC) complexes, thought to contribute both to normal T-cell differentiation and to leukemogenesis. The distribution of the nerve growth factor (NGF) and NGF immunoreactivity modulation of complex-forming thymus epithelial cells were studied in mice with experimental acute L1210(More)
The lysosomal membrane-associated glycoproteins LAMP-1 and LAMP-2 are the major constituents of lysosomal membranes with still undefined biological functions. As autophagy is an alternative model of programmed cell death in which lysosomes play a crucial role, we hypothesize that LAMPs might participate in this phenomenon in the involuting thymus. Thymic(More)
Although Hassall's corpuscles have been proposed to act in both maturation of developing thymocytes and removal of apoptotic cells, their function remains an enigma. The involvement of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in the local autocrine and paracrine control of T-cell development in human thymus is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the(More)
Lysosome-associated membrane proteins 1 and 2 (LAMP-1 and LAMP-2) are implicated in a variety of normal and pathological processes. LAMP-2 is proposed to participate in chaperone-mediated autophagy.Autophagy regulates T-lymphocyte homeostasis by promoting both survival and proliferation. The biological importance of this process in the thymic gland and(More)
The acute involution of the thymus is induced by either exogenous or endogenous factors, including some infections (infection type involution). The present study was focused on both detection and immunocytochemical analysis of NGF immunopositive mast cells in child thymus with acute infection-induced involution. Autopsy thymus specimens from children with(More)
We have previously reported that the thymus of patients affected by myasthenia gravis (MG) is characterized by an elevated level of nerve growth factor (NGF), an endogenous polypeptide which plays a marked role in the cell biology of nervous and immune system. A consistent number of studies has shown altered expression of NGF in diseases associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Human histo-blood group antigens (HBGA) are genetically determined glycoproteins supposed to participate in cell differentiation, adhesion, cancer metastasis and angiogenesis. In tissues, HBGA are mostly expressed in epithelial cells (EC). The EC comprising the thymocyte microenvironment play an important role in the ontogeny of the thymus. The(More)
Accumulating evidence shows that several kinds of thymic cells express insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), which is known to play an important role in T cell ontogeny under both physiological and pathological conditions. Still, little is known about the mechanisms of IGF-I involvement in the pathological transformation of the thymocyte microenvironment.(More)
Recent evidence indicates that some thymic cells of developing and adult laboratory animals express the neurotrophin NGF and its low-affinity p75NTR and high-affinity TrkA receptor. Less is known as to whether the thymus of adult and aged humans express these markers. We hypothesize that the presence and distribution of immunopositive cells for NGF and NGF(More)
BACKGROUND The thymus undergoes age-related (physiological) involution in the course of normal ontogenetic development. In addition to this chronic involution, the thymus can also undergo an acute (age-independent) regression, defined as spontaneous, transient involution. This process is induced by either exogenous or endogenous factors, including some(More)