Alexandra Filippopoulou

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BACKGROUND Rituximab (RTX) may favorably affect skin and lung fibrosis in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc); however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. We aimed to explore the hypothesis that RTX may mediate its antifibrotic effects by regulating the expression of Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1), an inhibitor of the Wnt pathway. METHODS Fourteen(More)
OBJECTIVE Indian Hedgehog (Ihh) is the ligand that activates the Hedgehog pathway (HH) in the skeleton-the main controller of endochondral ossification. We aimed at assessing serum levels of Ihh in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and the effect of serum from patients with AS on HH pathway activation. METHODS Serum Ihh levels were measured in 59(More)
Previous studies have suggested that schizophrenia is associ-ated with a reduced risk of cancer. Genes that are involved in cell cycle regulation seem to have additional functions in post-mitotic neurons involved in neuronal migration and synaptic plasticity. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a dominant role in the regulation(More)
Evidence suggests that serotonin is an inhibitor of bone formation. We aimed to assess: 1) serum serotonin levels in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a prototype bone-forming disease, compared with patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and healthy subjects; 2) the effect(s) of TNFα blockers on serum serotonin levels in patients with AS and RA;(More)
BACKGROUND Activated platelets release serotonin that binds 5-HT2B receptor on fibroblasts leading to fibroblast activation. Clopidogrel, an inhibitor of ADP-dependent platelet activation prevents fibrosis in animal models of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We aimed at assessing whether i) ADP-dependent platelet activation is increased in patients with SSc(More)
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