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AIMS We previously reported that C-reactive protein bioactivity on thrombogenesis was based on loss of its pentameric symmetry, resulting in formation of monomeric C-reactive protein. Our purpose was to provide mechanistic information on the direct effects of C-reactive protein isoforms on platelet activation and provide a C-reactive protein dissociation(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of rosuvastatin on platelet deposition under controlled shear rate conditions and to identify new platelet proteins involved in the interaction with the activating substrate. METHODS AND RESULTS Platelet-vessel wall interaction and thrombosis take place under dynamic conditions involving the interaction of the exposed(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the serum cytokine profile and levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) in patients with uveitis associated with Behçet's disease (BD) and to compare them with those obtained from healthy control subjects. We determined the serum concentration of interferon-γ (IFN-γ), interleukin-1β (IL-1β),(More)
Inflammation and immune-mediated processes are pivotal to the pathogenic progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although plasma levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) have been shown to be associated with an increased risk for AMD, the pathophysiological importance of the prototypical acute-phase reactant in the etiology of the disease is(More)
OBJECTIVE Endogenous uveitis is a major cause of visual loss mediated by the immune system. The protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 22 (PTPN22) gene encodes a lymphoid-specific phosphatase that plays a key role in T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling. Two independent functional missense single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located within the PTPN22(More)
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) forms the outer blood-retinal barrier (oBRB) and is the prime target of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). C-reactive protein (CRP), a serum biomarker for chronic inflammation and AMD, presents two different isoforms, monomeric (mCRP) and pentameric (pCRP), that may have a different effect on inflammation and(More)
OBJECTIVE STAT4 and IL23R loci represent common susceptibility genetic factors in autoimmunity. We decided to investigate for the first time the possible role of different STAT4/IL23R autoimmune disease-associated polymorphisms on the susceptibility to develop non-anterior uveitis and its main clinical phenotypes. METHODS Four functional polymorphisms(More)
AIMS To study the association between peripheral blood metabolic and inflammatory factors and presence of diabetic macular edema (DME) and its related anatomic features in type 2 diabetic mellitus (T2DM) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS Observational cross-sectional study on a proof of concept basis. Seventy-six T2DM included patients were divided based on(More)
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