Athina Pyrpasopoulou

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Morphological studies have established that peripheral heterochromatin is closely associated with the nuclear envelope. The tight coupling of the two structures has been attributed to nuclear lamins and lamin-associated proteins; however, it remains to be determined which of these elements are essential and which play an auxiliary role in nuclear(More)
We have studied nuclear envelope disassembly in mammalian cells by morphological methods. The first signs of nuclear lamina depolymerization become evident in early prophase as A-type lamins start dissociating from the nuclear lamina and diffuse into the nucleoplasm. While B-type lamins are still associated with the inner nuclear membrane, two symmetrical(More)
We have examined the in situ organization and nearest neighbours of the 'lamina-associated polypeptide-1' (LAP1), a type II membrane protein and a major constituent of the mammalian nuclear envelope. We show here that, during interphase, LAP1 forms multimeric assemblies which are suspended in the inner nuclear membrane and are specifically associated with(More)
Chronic infections, such as hepatitis C, in the setting of rheumatic disorders pose a potential hindrance to optimal management because of possible complications linked to the institution of immune suppression, as well as the high incidence of hepatotoxicity associated with many of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs included in the conventional(More)
We have assessed the involvement of the nuclear lamins in nuclear envelope reassembly. Analysis of perforated mitotic cells shows that A-type lamins are partly cytosolic and partly chromosome-bound, whereas B-type lamins are associated with vesicular structures throughout cell division. Lamin B-containing vesicles appear to dock on vimentin intermediate(More)
Nephritis represents a frequent, severe complication of systemic lupus erythematosus. Autoantibodies appear to be fundamental in the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis. Several hypotheses are currently experimentally tested to further elucidate the direct induction of inflammation through interaction of the pathological autoantibodies with intrinsic glomerular(More)
Vascular disease, either as a direct complication of the disease or developing as an accompanying comorbidity impairs significantly the quality of life of patients with SLE and represents the most frequent cause of death in established lupus. This paper aims to give an overview of the prevalence of the different forms of vasculopathy that can be encountered(More)
INTRODUCTION Hypertension is a major public health problem and its prevalence increases with age. Despite an aging population, only a limited number of population-based studies, and fewer Greek studies, have focused exclusively on the elderly. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in(More)
Effects of nonthermal radiofrequency radiation (RFR) of the global system of mobile communication (GSM) cellular phones have been as yet mostly studied at the molecular level in the context of cellular stress and proliferation, as well as neurotransmitter production and localization. In this study, a simulation model was designed for the exposure of(More)
Arterial hypertension represents a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity worldwide through its detrimental effects on target organs. Therefore, the early identification and appropriate management of high-risk patients emerges as extremely important. Given that the microvasculature is subject to a series of morphological and functional(More)