Christos S. Derdemezis

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Orlistat, an anti-obesity drug, is a potent and specific inhibitor of intestinal lipases. In light of the recent US FDA approval of the over-the-counter sale of orlistat (60 mg three times daily), clinicians need to be aware that its use may be associated with less well known, but sometimes clinically relevant, adverse effects. More specifically, the use of(More)
Introduction. Adipose tissue contributes to atherosclerosis with mechanisms related to adipokine secretion. Polyphenols may exhibit antiatherogenic properties. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of three polyphenols, namely, quercetin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and resveratrol on adipokine secretion from cultured human adipocytes.(More)
In the last two decades we have witnessed a boost in scientific interest and knowledge of adipose tissue biology to such an extent that it was promoted to an active endocrine organ. Adipose tissue is not just related to body weight and appetite regulation. It is also implicated in obesity, a low-grade inflammatory state, as well as inflammatory conditions(More)
In a population-based case-control study we assessed the association between obesity and acute ischaemic/non-embolic stroke. A total of 163 patients aged older than 70 years (88 men and 75 women) admitted due to a first-ever-in-a-lifetime acute ischaemic/non-embolic stroke and 166 volunteers (87 men and 79 women) without a history of cardiovascular disease(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased cardiovascular risk. The aim of the present study was the assessment of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) subclass distribution in patients with early RA (ERA, n = 30) compared with age- and sex-matched healthy subjects (n = 30), as well the effect of treatment(More)
BACKGROUND High-density lipoprotein (HDL) includes discrete subfractions. HDL exhibits anti-atherogenic properties, which have been partly linked to the activity of HDL-associated enzymes, such as the lipoprotein associated phospholipase A(2) (HDL-LpPLA(2)) and paraoxonase-1 (PON1). OBJECTIVE We assessed in an open-label randomised study the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Adipose tissue-derived leptin and adiponectin control hunger, energy expenditure, insulin sensitivity, endothelial function, reproduction and immunity and are thought to play a role in autoimmune diseases. However, their role in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is not clearly defined. Tumour necrosis factor ΤNF-α is a potential modulator of(More)
BACKGROUND Visfatin [pre-B cell colony- enhancing factor (PBEF)] is a cytokine highly expressed in visceral fat that exhibits insulin-mimetic properties. However, its role in insulin-resistant states, such as in metabolic syndrome (MetS), remains largely unknown. OBJECTIVE To investigate the possible differences of plasma visfatin levels between obese and(More)
OBJECTIVE We present the available data on the effects of combined therapy of fenofibrate with drugs affecting lipid metabolism other than statins. METHODS We consider studies evaluating the effects of combined therapy of fenofibrate with bile acid sequestrants (BAS), ezetimibe, niacin, n-3 fatty acids, plant sterols, orlistat, rimonabant, metformin and(More)