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Several lines of evidence support the hypothesis that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia (PE). VEGF is a key component in the regulation of vascular remodelling and the survival of cytotrophoblasts in the placenta. In this case-control study, we aimed to test whether VEGF genetic(More)
Kv1.3 and IKCa1 potassium channels play an important role in the maintenance of calcium-influx during lymphocyte activation and present a possible target for selective immunomodulation. We investigated the calcium-influx characteristics of Th1, Th2, CD4, CD8 T-lymphocytes isolated from multiple sclerosis patients without or with interferon-beta therapy, and(More)
The authors tested 123 genotypes described in 54 papers published in the journal Neurology between 1999 and 2002 to ascertain whether these genotype distributions deviated from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). Unreported deviations from HWE in 19 genotype distributions described in 11 of the papers were discovered. The authors also report additional(More)
Our aim was to assess the phenotype of T-cell subsets in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease. In addition, we also tested short-term T-cell activation characteristics. Measurements were done in 13 AS patients before and during the intravenous therapy with anti-TNF agent infliximab (IFX). Flow cytometry was(More)
Endogenous and exogenous glucocorticoids influence fetal growth and development, and maternal administration of synthetic glucocorticoids may decrease the risk of perinatal morbidity including lung disease in preterm neonates. Because polymorphisms of the glucocorticoid receptor gene are known to influence the sensitivity to glucocorticoids, in the present(More)
PURPOSE Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which is associated with abnormal retinal vessel development, is the leading cause of visual loss in preterm infants. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is believed to play a central role in both retinal angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate functional genetic polymorphisms(More)
Asthma has a high burden of morbidity if not controlled and may frequently complicate pregnancy, posing a risk for pregnancy outcomes. Elevated plasma level of the inflammatory biomarker soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is related to a worse prognosis in many conditions such as infectious, autoimmune, or pregnancy-related diseases;(More)
Microarray studies generating lists of genes with altered expression in placentas from pregnancies complicated with pre-eclampsia (PE) have so far been published in several different studies. Working under the assumption that altered gene expression in PE may be the result of altered expression of regulatory transcription factors (TFs), we looked for(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by a systemic dysfunction of T-cells. In this study we tested the impact of DMARD and anti-TNF agents on short-term activation characteristics of T-cells. We enrolled 12 patients with newly diagnosed RA (naïve RA) who were treated with methothrexate (MTX) and glucocorticsteroid (GCS)(More)