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BACKGROUND P53 and ATM are central checkpoint genes involved in the repair of DNA damage after ionising irradiation, which has been associated with risk of brain tumours. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that polymorphisms and haplotypes in p53 and ATM could be associated with glioma and meningioma risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS Six hundred and eighty(More)
BACKGROUND Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been associated with withdrawal symptoms. We investigated whether use of these drugs in pregnant women might cause neonatal withdrawal syndrome. METHODS An association between paroxetine and neonatal convulsions was identified in December, 2001, by the data mining method routinely used to(More)
Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) affecting DNA repair capacity and modifying cancer susceptibility have been described. We evaluated the association of SNPs Arg194Trp, Arg280His, and Arg399Gln in the X-ray cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) and Thr241Met in the X-ray cross-complementing group 3 (XRCC3) DNA repair genes with the risk of brain(More)
BACKGROUND Meningiomas account for up to 37% of all primary brain tumors. Genetic susceptibility to meningioma is well established, with the risk among relatives of meningioma patients being approximately threefold higher than that in the general population. A relationship between risk of meningioma and exposure to ionizing radiation is also well known and(More)
In this study the level of a substance P endopeptidase (SPE)-like activity was measured in different regions of the rat central nervous system (CNS) after chronic administration of morphine. Male rats (200-220 g) were randomly divided into four groups. Two groups were injected (s.c.) with morphine (10 mg/kg) twice daily, whereas the other two received(More)
Much of the variation in inherited risk of glioma is likely to be explained by combinations of common low risk variants. The established relationship between glioma risk and exposure to ionizing radiation led us to examine whether variants in the DNA repair genes contribute to disease susceptibility. We evaluated 1127 haplotype-tagging single-nucleotide(More)
There is increasing abuse of androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS) by non-athletes. AAS abuse has been associated with psychiatric symptoms such as mania, major depression and aggression and the development of dependence. Little is known about the effects of AAS on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function or corticotropin releasing factor, which may be(More)
Radiation sensitivity at low and high dose exposure to X-rays was investigated by means of chromosomal aberration (CA) analysis in heterozygous ATM mutation carrier and A-T patient (biallelic ATM mutation) lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs). Targeted and non-targeted responses to acutely delivered irradiation were examined by applying a co-culture system that(More)
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