Anna Hadjihambi

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In the central nervous system lactate contributes to the extracellular pool of readily available energy substrates and may also function as a signaling molecule which mediates communication between glial cells and neurons. Monocarboxylate transporters are believed to provide the main pathway for lactate transport across the membranes. Here we tested the(More)
INTRODUCTION Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious neuropsychiatric complication that is seen in patients with liver failure. The pathogenesis of HE is not entirely understood, but several hypotheses have emerged and persisted during the years. Despite the many prevalent hypotheses, most of the existing evidence point to ammonia as the main culprit(More)
The pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in cirrhosis is multifactorial and ammonia is thought to play a key role. Astroglial dysfunction is known to be present in HE. Astrocytes are extensively connected by gap junctions formed of connexins, which also exist as functional hemichannels allowing exchange of molecules between the cytoplasm and the(More)
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious neuropsychiatric complication of cirrhosis and/or porto-systemic shunting. The clinical symptoms are widely variable, extending from subtle impairment in mental state to coma. The utility of categorizing the severity of HE accurately and efficiently serves not only to provide practical functional information about(More)
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