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OBJECTIVE Placental and systemic oxidative stress with an imbalance in the oxidant/antioxidant activity seems to play a central role in the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia. The aim of our study was to examine whether two missense polymorphisms of the extracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD3) gene (Arg213Gly and Ala40Thr) are associated with pre-eclampsia in a(More)
Tropomyosins from bovine aorta and pulmonary artery exhibit identical electrophoretic patterns in sodium dodecyl sulfate but differ from tropomyosins of either chicken gizzard or rabbit skeletal muscle. Each of the four tropomyosins binds readily to skeletal muscle F-actin as indicated by their sedimentation with actin and by their ability to maximally(More)
Variants of the leptin receptor gene (LEPR) may modulate the effect of elevated serum leptin levels in pre-eclampsia. The aim of our study was to evaluate the LEPR gene polymorphisms Lys109Arg (A109G) and Gln223Arg (A223G) in severely pre-eclamptic women. In a case-control study, we analyzed blood samples from 124 severely pre-eclamptic patients and 107(More)
In this study we analysed the changes in the properties of rat cerebral cortex Na+K(+)-ATPase in streptozotocin induced diabetes (STZ-diabetes). Special attempt was made to determine whether insulin treatment of diabetic animals could restore the altered parameters of this enzyme. Na+/K(+)-ATPase activity was found to be decreased by 15% after 2 weeks, and(More)
AIM To investigate the effect of acute insulin administration on the subcellular localization of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase isoforms in cardiac muscle of healthy and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. METHODS Membrane fractions were isolated with subcellular fractionation and with cell surface biotinylation technique. Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase subunit isoforms were(More)
AIM To evaluate the possible association of three different HSP70 gene polymorphisms with preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN HSPA1A G(190)C, HSPA1B A(1267)G and HSPA1L T(2437)C polymorphisms were analyzed from blood samples of 72 women with preeclampsia and of 70 healthy pregnant women as controls by PCR-RFLP method. RESULTS HSPA1B (1267)GG and HSPA1L (2437)CC(More)
Na+/K+-ATPase related strophanthidin sensitive 3-O-methylfluorescein-phosphatase activity, [3H]ouabain binding and expression of Na+/K+-ATPase subunit isoforms were measured in the left ventricle of the heart of normal and streptozotocin-diabetic rats with and without insulin treatment. Compared to control animals, the enzyme activity was 0.75 +/- 0.09 and(More)
The maximal capacity of low affinity ouabain binding sites in kidney medulla was found to be increased by 20 +/- 3.8% after 2 weeks, and by 35 +/- 4.5% in 4 weeks diabetes. However, in kidney cortex no similar changes could be detected. Western blot analysis of Na+/K(+)-ATPase subunits in kidney medulla indicated a significant enhancement of both the alpha(More)
Postischaemic acute renal failure (ARF) is influenced by sex. Na(+), K(+)-ATPase (NKA) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of postischaemic ARF. We tested the impact of sex on mRNA, protein expression, cellular distribution and enzyme activity of NKA following renal ischaemia-reperfusion (I-R) injury. The left renal pedicle of uninephrectomized female(More)
Previously, we demonstrated gender differences in Na-K-ATPase (NKA) expression and function after renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury (Sex differences in the alterations of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase following ischemia-reperfusion injury in the rat kidney. J Physiol 555: 471-480, 2004). Postischemic membrane destruction causes inhibition of NKA, whereas heat(More)