Aurora Sălăgeanu

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Immunosuppression is often identified in cancer patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate several immune parameters for patients with breast and lung cancer. Immunophenotyping analysis showed that the cancer patients investigated had significantly lower absolute numbers of peripheral blood lymphocytes than controls. The immunosuppression was more(More)
Adipose tissue displays characteristics of an endocrine organ releasing a number of adipocyte-specific factors known as adipocytokines. It has been recently suggested that adipocytokines may play a role in pathogenesis and progression of certain cancers, in particular in colorectal cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between(More)
Neonates are highly sensitive to infections because they are biased to develop Th2 immune responses. When exposed to certain agents, such as DNA vaccines or CpG DNA motifs, neonates are capable to mount adult-like Th1 protective responses. This study investigates the capacity of Candida albicans (C. albicans) dsDNA to induce host resistance in newborn mice(More)
Aortic valve disease includes a wide spectrum of conditions, from leaflets thickening to hemodynamically significant aortic stenosis and is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Studies performed during the last years bring consistent evidence that these lesions of the aortic valves share remarkable similarities with(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Macrophages are heterogeneous cells with extensive functional plasticity; they can change their functional profiles repeatedly in response to environmental changes anywhere between their extreme phenotypical programs (labeled as M1 and M2 polarization, respectively). In terms of antitumoral immune response, M1 macrophages are considered(More)
Immunity plays an important role in the prognosis and the natural development of cancer. Previous studies have shown that the presence of tumor in the body could modify the immune response leading to immunosuppression. The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunological changes of patients with larynx squamous cell carcinoma undergoing potentially(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the perioperative immunological profile in colon cancer patients and possible correlations with disease. To investigate the changes in immune mediators profile induced by tumor resection, we assessed the serum levels of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha), chemokines (MIP-1alpha, MCP-1, ENA-78) and(More)
We previously reported that the bacterial immunomodulator CANTASTIM inhibited the LPS-induced TNF-alpha production in murine macrophages both in vivo and in vitro. In this report, we compared the activity of CANTASTIM with that of two phospholipids (cardiolipin and phosphatidylethanolamine) which are among the components of its lipid fraction. We noticed a(More)
Acute Bacterial Meningitis is a medical emergency, which warrants early diagnosis and aggressive therapy, which in most cases must be initiated as an "empirical" treatment. Such an approach needs permanent epidemiological surveillance due to the major variability of the etiological agents depending upon time, geographical areas and demographic(More)