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Publications (2)2.57 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Interaction of cell integrins with the ECM (extracellular matrix) proteins is commonly assumed to be associated with cell dissemination and tumour metastases. Since these processes depend on the mechanism of cell-protein interaction, we have attempted to show the contribution of α5β1 and αvβ3 integrins of the prostate cancer PC-3 cells in in vitro interaction with FN (fibronectin) adsorbed on defined polystyrene surfaces. Cell adhesion, spreading and cytoskeleton organization were studied using antibodies against integrins or a GRGDSP (Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-Pro) peptide. The results show that blocking the α5β1 integrin causes: (i) a decrease in the number of the adherent cells in the early phase of adhesion and (ii) a decrease in the dynamics of cell spreading and cell shape changes, and weaker reorganization of cytoskeletal proteins than in the control cells. Conversely, the blocking of the αvβ3 integrin: (i) causes no observable effect on the number of the adhered cells; however, (ii) causes an increase in the dynamics of cell spreading and cell shape changes, and stronger reorganization of cytoskeletal proteins than in the control cells. Interestingly, the blocking of integrins with a GRGDSP peptide strongly decreases the number of the adhered cells, and a complete inhibition of cell spreading. Our results strongly suggest that the α5β1 integrin plays the main role in the adhesion and spreading of PC-3 cells interacting with FN, whereas the αvβ3 integrin seems to regulate other receptors in the spreading process. Moreover, integrin-FN interaction through the RGD sequence evidently curbed the cell adhesion and spreading.
    Cell Biology International 06/2012; 36(10):883-92. · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valproate (VPA) a potent antiepileptic drug has been claimed to induce reproductive disturbances in men. Long-term VPA treatment can affect sperm morphology and induce testicular atrophy in non-epileptic rats. It has been reported that VPA reduced testosterone secretion stimulated by hCG in isolated rat Leydig cells. These results suggest direct effect of VPA on testes in rats. However centrally mediated effects at hypothalamo-pituitary level can therefore not be excluded. This study focused on the dose and time-dependent effects of VPA on basal and GnRH-induced LH and FSH release from the primary anterior pituitary cells culture of male rats. The dose-dependent effect of 10 nM-100 mM of VPA on basal LH release from anterior pituitary cells after 3h of incubation was examined. To determine the time-dependent effects on LH, FSH, TSH and PRL release short (3 h) and long-term (24 h) incubations in the presence of 10 nM, 100 nM and 1 μM of VPA were maintained.To assess whether VPA can affect GnRH-induced LH and FSH release, cells were incubated for 3 h with 10 nM, 100 nM and 1 μM of VPA in the presence of GnRH. The concentration of rLH, rFSH, rPRL and rTSH in incubation medium was determined by RIA method. VPA did not affect the basal LH, FSH, PRL and TSH release from the primary anterior pituitary cells culture of male rats. VPA in concentration 1µM significantly suppressed GnRH-induced LH secretion. However VPA at all tested doses diminished GnRH-induced FSH release. VPA may diminish gonadotropin release in vitro but this effect can only be achieved after GnRH-dependent specific receptor activation. Both gonadotropins differ in their pattern of response for increasing doses of VPA.
    Neuro endocrinology letters 04/2011; 32(2):206-11. · 0.93 Impact Factor