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BACKGROUND Cell adhesion molecules and endothelial growth factors have an important role in the infiltrating of rheumatoid synovium with mononuclear cells, leading to the initiation and progression of the disease. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the serum profile of soluble adhesion molecules and of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is associated(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid synovitis is characterized by an invasive and tissue-destructive infiltrate of lymphocytes, macrophages and synoviocytes. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) produced by these cells are important in the remodelling of the articular tissues in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in serum galectin-3 concentration during liver diseases. The results were compared with hyaluronic acid concentration in combination with prothrombin index as a HAPRI index. Serum samples were obtained from 20 healthy volunteers and 109 patients suffering from alcoholic cirrhosis (AC)--57, non-alcoholic(More)
The objective of this study was to compare the diagnostic power of direct carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) immunoassay in alcohol abuse expressed in relative units with the diagnostic power of the results expressed in absolute units. Serum CDT was determined in 127 alcoholics using N Latex CDT direct immunonephelometric assay (Siemens Healthcare(More)
A macroscopic morphometric method for evaluating the volume of infarcts in the kidneys of dogs 24 hours, 7, 14, and 24 days after renal artery embolization by means of Spongostan is described. The whole kidney was not infarcted, the volume of the infarcts being 60.15–81.87% (mean 71.1%) of the volume of the embolized kidney. In order to evaluate the distant(More)
Glycosylation is the most common chemical process of protein modification and occurs in every living cell. Disturbances of this process may be either congenital or acquired. Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a rapidly growing disease family, with about 50 disorders reported since its first clinical description in 1980. Most of the human(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that serum total sialic acid (TSA) concentration significantly increases during alcohol abuse. Chronic ethanol consumption impairs glycosylation of many proteins. The increased desialylation rate of serum glycoproteins is one of the effects of alcohol abuse. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value(More)
BACKGROUND The carbohydrate alterations in sialoglycoproteins and sialoglycolipids cause the high serum concentration of sialic acid in many types of cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of total sialic acid (TSA), lipid-bound sialic acid (LSA), and free sialic acid (FSA) in patients with primary pancreatic cancers. (More)
Histological and histochemical examinations of canine kidneys 24 hours, 7, 14 and 24 days after embolization of the renal artery with Spongostan showed that during 24 days the resorption and organization of the infarcts in the embolized kidneys and the resorption of Spongostan in the arteries were not yet completed. The intensified reactions to(More)