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The surface of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) films deposited on glass coverslips was modified with poly(DL-lactide) (PDLLA), or 1:4 mixtures of PDLLA and PDLLA-b-PEO block copolymers, in which either none, 5% or 20% of the copolymer molecules carried a synthetic extracellular matrix-derived ligand for integrin adhesion receptors, the GRGDSG oligopeptide, attached(More)
Ligands that bind to the allosteric-binding sites on muscarinic acetylcholine receptors alter the conformation of the classical-binding sites of these receptors and either diminish or increase their affinity for muscarinic agonists and classical antagonists. It is not known whether the resulting conformational change also affects the interaction between the(More)
Carbon fiber-reinforced carbon composites (CFRC) are considered to be promising materials for orthopedic and dental surgery. Their mechanical properties can be tailored to be similar to those of bone, and their chemical composition (close to pure carbon) promises that they will be tolerated well by the surrounding tissue. In this study, CFRC composites were(More)
Alterations in dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-IV) enzymatic activity are characteristic of malignant transformation. Through its well-characterized functionality in regulating the activity of bioactive peptides by removal of the N-terminal dipeptide, DPP-IV activity may have profound effects upon metastatic potential and cell growth. Although DPP-IV/CD26 (EC(More)
Endothelial cells derived from the bovine pulmonary artery (line CPAE, CCL 209, American Tissue Culture Collection, Rockville, MD, USA) were cultured on pristine or fluorine ion-irradiated polystyrene (5 x 10(12) or 5 x 10(14) F ions/cm2, 150 keV). At 24-h post-seeding interval, the number of cells which adhered to the ion-modified polystyrene was(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cells derived from the rat aorta were cultured on unmodified or F(+) ion-implanted polystyrene (5 x 10(12) or 5 x 10(14) ions/cm(2), energy 150 keV). In 1-day-old cultures, the cells adhered to the modified polystyrene in higher numbers and over larger contact areas. Increased resistance of the cells to trypsin-mediated detachment(More)
Previous work indicated that hyperstimulation of muscarinic receptors brings about profound changes not only in the density of the muscarinic receptors, but also of the beta-adrenoceptors in rat heart atria in vivo. We have now investigated whether a similar receptor cross-regulation occurs in cardiomyocytes in vitro. Cardiomyocytes from 3-4 day old rats(More)
Activation of growth of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in adults participates in pathogenesis of dysplastic diseases of the vascular system. In this study, we examined the impact of gender of rat donors on the degree of hyperplastic and hypertrophic responses of VSMC in cultures subjected to repeated passaging. The cells were derived from the outgrowth(More)
We investigated the influence of the amyloid-beta-peptide(1-42) on hemicholinum-3-sensitive high-affinity choline uptake in NG108-15 cells. RT-PCR analysis revealed the presence of mRNA for a choline transporter-like protein but not for cholinergic high-affinity choline transporter. Differentiation of cells increased both hemicholinum-3-sensitive choline(More)
Degradable three-dimensional porous scaffolds applicable as cell carriers for bone tissue engineering were developed by an innovative solvent casting/particulate leaching technique from poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLG). Three types of PLG scaffolds were prepared, and these had the same high porosity (83%) but increasing diameter of the pores (180-200(More)