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To examine whether -174G/C interleukin-6 (IL-6) gene polymorphism, previously reported to correlate with IL-6 level, influences response to etanercept therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Seventy-seven patients with active RA were studied, at baseline and 6- and 12-month follow-up after etanercept therapy. Treatment response was estimated(More)
INTRODUCTION Perthes disease is idiopathic avascular osteonecrosis of the hip in children, with unknown etiology. Inflammation is present during development of Perthes disease and it is known that this process influences bone remodeling. OBJECTIVE Since genetic studies related to inflammation have not been performed in Perthes disease so far, the aim of(More)
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a rare hereditary condition resulting in elevated levels of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in adults. Typical HPFH is associated with promoter mutations or large deletions affecting the human fetal globin (HBG1 and HBG2) genes, while genetic defects in other genes involved in human erythropoiesis, e.g. KLF1, also(More)
AIM TPMT activity is characterized by a trimodal distribution, namely low, intermediate and high methylator. TPMT gene promoter contains a variable number of GC-rich tandem repeats (VNTRs), namely A, B and C, ranging from three to nine repeats in length in an A(n)B(m)C architecture. We have previously shown that the VNTR architecture in the TPMT gene(More)
Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory disease in the small intestine triggered by gluten uptake that occurs in genetically susceptible individuals. HLA-DQ2 protein encoded by HLA-DQA1*05 and DQB1*02 alleles is found in 90-95% of CD patients. All of the remaining patients carry HLA-DQ8 protein encoded by HLA-DQA1*03 and DQB1*03:02 alleles. Specific(More)
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disease caused by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. Although the PAH genotype remains the main determinant of PKU phenotype severity, genotype–phenotype inconsistencies have been reported. In this study, we focused on unanalysed sequences in non-coding PAH gene regions to assess their possible(More)
A total of 40 kidney transplantations (37 males and 3 females) from living donors (Group I) and 10 kidney transplantations (6 males and 4 females) from cadavers (Group II) were performed in the period 1996-October 1999 at the Military Medical Academy (MMA). Lymphocytotoxic crossmatching was done before each kidney transplantation and results from all tests(More)
Thalassemia syndromes constitute a group of genetic disorders, widespread throughout the world. The present study contains data on thalassemia syndromes and their chromosomal environment obtained in Serbia over a period of 10 years. Ten different β-thalassemia (β-thal) mutations and two hemoglobin (Hb) variants were detected in 127 members of 68 families.(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the frequencies of EGFR −216G>T, −191C>A, and 181946C>T in Serbian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, as well as to compare it with healthy individuals, in order to assess their potential importance for lung cancer in Serbia. The study involved 56 NSCLC patients and 53 unrelated healthy volunteers, and(More)
INTRODUCTION In 1814 Giovanni Monteggia first described two cases of fractures of the proximal third of ulna with dislocation of the radial head. These fractures are more common in children than in adults, and mutual Monteggia fracture is a rare complication. This study presents a treatment course of a patient with bilateral Monteggia fracture. CASE(More)