Urban Wennerström

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Previously, we have shown that TNF-α protects iron-exposed J774 macrophages against iron-catalyzed oxidative lysosomal disruption and cell death by increasing reduced glutathione and H-ferritin in cells. Because J774 cells are able to harbor large amounts of iron, which is potentially harmful in a redox-active state, we hypothesized that TNF-α-stimulated(More)
PURPOSE Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 triggers epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) through autophagy, which is partly driven by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The aim of this study was to determine whether leaking lysosomes and enhanced degradation of H-ferritin could be involved in EMT and whether it could be possible to prevent EMT by iron(More)
BACKGROUND Lung allografts contain large amounts of iron (Fe), which inside lung macrophages may promote oxidative lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP), cell death and inflammation. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM) accumulates 1000-fold inside the acidic lysosomes and may interfere with the lysosomal pool of Fe. OBJECTIVE Oxidative(More)
BACKGROUND Lysosomal disruption and consequent apoptosis have been implicated in lung diseases characterized by iron overload. Free reactive iron in lysosomes sensitizes cells to oxidative stress. Apoptosis is prevented by heavy-chain (H)-ferritin, which can incorporate lysosomal iron into ferritin molecules. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α stimulates the(More)
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