Learn More
AIM To characterize small bowel (SB) tumors detected by capsule endoscopy (CE), and identify missed tumors. METHODS The study included 145 consecutive patients in whom 150 CEs were performed. Following CE, the medical records of the study population were reviewed. Results of double- or single-balloon enteroscopy performed after CE and the results of(More)
The aim of our study was to determine whether some bacterial components as well as some proinflammatory cytokines can affect surface mast cell levels. By the use of flow cytometry technique, we documented that freshly isolated mature rat peritoneal mast cells do express surface TLR2 and TLR4 protein, but not CD14 molecules, and respond to stimulation with(More)
BACKGROUND There is a great deal of information to suggest that activated T cells play a major role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Less is known about the possible influence of a trigger bacterial antigen on circulating blood cells. The purpose of our study was to analyze the quantity and subpopulations of activated lymphocytes in peripheral blood in(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To establish if serum IL-18 concentration depends on presence of HCV-RNA in serum or in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. To relate serum levels of IL-18 to histological parameters of chronic hepatitis C. METHODOLOGY IL-18 serum concentration was measured by ELISA in 92 patients with chronic hepatitis C (43 serum HCV-RNA positive and 49(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is a mitogen that stimulates cell division of various cells of epidermal origin. The present study was undertaken to clarify whether the serum level of EGF is correlated with the disease activity during local therapy with dithranol in psoriasis. We examined serum EGF concentrations in acute and chronic psoriasis before and(More)
THE AIM To follow persistence of HCV-RNA in PBMC in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). To estimate the influence of this phenomenon on the cellular immune response of peripheral blood lymphocytes. MATERIAL AND METHODS 8 HCV-RNA in PBMC positive children, with undetectable serum HCV-RNA after antiviral treatment, have been examined every 2-3 years.(More)