Charalampos Dragonas

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BACKGROUND The biological action of uric acid (UA) in humans is controversial. UA is considered an antioxidant compound, but preclinical evidence suggests a proinflammatory action. Epidemiological studies found that hyperuricemia is associated with conditions leading to dementia. Our aim is to investigate the relationship between UA levels and dementia in(More)
Experimental evidence indicates a significant role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD). However, some studies report no decrease in common antioxidants in blood plasma as a marker of oxidative stress (1). The aim of this study was to estimate plasmalogen levels in blood plasma samples of patients with PD, a group(More)
The objective of this study was to establish an experimental model for extracorporeal perfusion of swine uterus. In order to validate this model, we examined some biochemical parameters and determined the effect of oxytocic drugs (Oxytoxin, Prostaglandin E (2)) on extracorporeal perfused swine uteri. Thirty swine uteri were perfused with Krebs-Ringer(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have shown that short telomere length (TL) is associated with high oxidative stress and various age-related diseases. Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-related disease, and although its pathogenic mechanism is uncertain, oxidative stress is believed to be implicated in this pathology. The aim of this case-control study was to assess(More)
This study examines the possible predictive value of the LIVE/DEAD fluorescence viability assay for evaluation of survival of cryopreserved human ovarian tissue. Ovarian tissue from ten patients was examined by LIVE/DEAD viability staining before and after cryopreservation and after freezing in a -20 C freezer (negative control). After cryopreservation with(More)
The bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae chronically infects atheromatous lesions and is linked to atherosclerosis by modifying inflammation, proliferation, and the lipid metabolism of blood monocytes. As continuous LDL modification in the vascular intima is crucial for atherogenesis we investigated the impact of endothelial infection on LDL oxidation. HUVEC were(More)
OBJECTIVE Comparison of the effect of tocolytic drugs on isolated swine uterus preparations. STUDY DESIGN Forty swine uteri were perfused with the aim to preserve a viable organ, which should be responsive to oxytocic hormones and tocolytic pharmaca. An intrauterine catheter recorded the pressure changes. After initiation of rhythmical uterine(More)
Community-acquired pneumonia is a common disease of the elderly and involves a high mortality risk. Demographic developments are creating new challenges for acute medical treatment strategies in geriatric patients with their underlying multimorbidity. In addition to the diagnostic parameters recorded on hospital admission, such as white cell count and(More)
Digitoxin is a known substrate of the efflux pump P-glycoprotein (gene name: ABCB1). P-glycoprotein expression was shown to be modulated by single nucleotide polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene, but it remains unclear whether these polymorphisms influence digitoxin blood levels. Our objective was to examine the association of ABCB1 C3435T genotype and elevated(More)
OBJECTIVES The diagnosis of Whipple's disease (WD) is commonly confirmed by histology demonstrating Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS)-positive macrophages in the duodenal mucosa. Analysis of intestinal tissue or other specimens using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a more sensitive method. However, the relevance of positive PCR findings is still controversial.(More)