Alice G. Vassiliou

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L-Dopa decarboxylase (DDC) has been cloned from several species and was shown to undergo alternative splicing within its 5′-untranslated and coding regions. In this report we describe a novel splice variant of DDC mRNA in human tissue, lacking exons 10 - 15 of the full-length transcript but including an alternative exon 10. The isolated alternative human(More)
Endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) is expressed mainly in endothelial cells and is involved in regulation of the cytoprotective and anticoagulant pathways of protein C. We assessed whether haplotypes in the EPCR gene modify the risk of severe sepsis and/or septic shock (SS/SS) development in critically ill patients. Three polymorphisms in the EPCR gene(More)
Widespread endothelial activation and dysfunction often precede clinical sepsis. Several endothelium-related molecules have been investigated as potential biomarkers for early diagnosis and/or prognosis of sepsis, providing different results depending on study designs. Such factors include endothelial adhesion molecules like E- and P-selectin, and the(More)
Aspiration of hydrochloric acid (HCl)-containing gastric juice leads to acute lung injury (ALI) and hypoxemic respiratory failure due to an exuberant inflammatory response associated with pulmonary edema from increased vascular and epithelial permeability. The aim of this study was to determine the role and signaling mechanisms of tumor necrosis factor α(More)
BACKGROUND The endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) is a protein that regulates the protein C anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory pathways. A soluble form of EPCR (sEPCR) circulates in plasma and inhibits activated protein C (APC) activities. The clinical impact of sEPCR and its involvement in the septic process is under investigation. In this study, we(More)
INTRODUCTION Gene expression profiling was performed via DNA microarrays in leukocytes from critically ill trauma patients nonseptic upon admission to the ICU, who subsequently developed either sepsis (n = 2) or severe sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (n = 3). By comparing our results with published expression profiling studies in animal(More)
AIM The mammalian lung expresses at least three aquaporin (AQP) water channels whose precise role in lung injury or inflammation is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three murine models of lung inflammation and corresponding controls were used to evaluate the expression of Aqp1, Aqp4, Aqp5 and Aqp9: lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced lung injury;(More)
AIM We sought to determine for serum lactate its specificity and sensitivity in sepsis development prognosis in critically-ill, non-septic patients. Additionally, we evaluated whether sE-selectin or sP-selectin add prognostic value to lactate in sepsis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Using a cohort previously studied in another context, in this retrospective(More)
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