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Recent studies of the prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia in Behçet's disease have shown contradicting results. The aim of the present study was to investigate the serum homocysteine level in patients diagnosed as having Behçet's disease. Venous blood was taken from 27 patients with Behçet's disease and 21 healthy controls. Serum homocysteine levels were(More)
Sprague-Dawley rats were treated for 14 days with rapamycin (RAP; 1.5 mg/kg/day i.p.), cyclosporine (15 mg/kg/day by gavage), both drugs in combination, or appropriate drug vehicles. Hematological parameters and biochemical indices of renal and hepatic function were determined throughout the experimental period, at the end of which the rats were killed and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the change in erythrocyte and plasma magnesium, plasma zinc and serum iron concentrations in pre-eclampsia. METHODS Twenty women with pre-eclampsia and 20 control subjects matched for gestational age were examined. The levels of magnesium, zinc and iron in all subjects were measured by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. In the(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure the levels of the circulating metabolites of prostacyclin and thromboxane A2 during the antepartum and postpartum periods in severe preeclamptic and eclamptic patients as well as in normotensive pregnant women. METHODS 6-Keto-prostaglandin F1alpha (6-keto-PGF1alpha) and thromboxane B2 (TxB2) were measured in the plasma of 15 severe(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Leptin, the product of the obese gene (ob), is synthesized by adipose tissue and contributes to the regulation of energy homeostasis and food intake. Recently, immunoreactive leptin was reported to be present in human milk. The objective was to determine if there was a relation between breast milk leptin concentrations and adiposity in(More)
BACKGROUND Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokines, including serum interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8 and IL-10, and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) have been proposed as disease activity markers in Behçet's disease (BD), although studies have shown conflicting results for IL-6. Serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in active(More)
The effects of smoking on maternal and cord plasma lipid and lipoprotein levels were measured in 40 smoker mothers and their newborns and compared to nonsmokers. Significantly higher levels of total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol and very low density lipoprotein cholesterol and lower levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol were(More)
Studies in various ethnic groups have shown contradictory evidence on the association of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) insertion/ deletion (I/D) polymorphism with essential hypertension. We conducted a case-control study in Samsun, Turkey, to examine the association between ACE genotype, ACE serum activity, and blood pressure. Serum ACE activity(More)