Dimitrios Hatzigeorgiou

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Leishmania are parasites that survive within macrophages by mechanism(s) not entirely known. Depression of cellular immunity and diminished production of interleukin 1 beta (IL-1 beta) and tumor necrosis factor alpha are potential ways by which the parasite survives within macrophages. We examined the mechanism(s) by which lipophosphoglycan (LPG), a major(More)
In January 1996, during an outbreak of meningococcal disease at a Hellenic Air Force recruit center in southern Greece, we collected paired serum specimens from 55 randomly selected recruits and tested for antibodies against influenza virus types A and B. Of 55 specimens, 15 (27%) were found to be positive for recent influenza B infection, confirming(More)
IL-6 is a cytokine synthesized by T cells and macrophages (M phi). It has pleiotropic effects on diverse cell types and is recognized for its "pro-inflammatory" properties. In mice, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, and IL-10 are produced by Th-2 cells. Because IL-10 suppresses Th-1 clones, and IL-4 broadly deactivates M phi, experiments were carried out to investigate the(More)
The genus Leishmania, an obligate intramacrophage parasite, causes a wide spectrum of clinical diseases. It is worldwide in distribution and causes 20 million new cases annually with an at risk population of approximately 1.5 billion persons. The most severe forms are associated with high morbidity, mortality and relapses with conventional therapy. The(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the perceptions and expectations of patients regarding the quality of dental health care they received and the criteria they used to select a dentist. DESIGN Descriptive study. METHODS Two questionnaires referring to the expectations and the perceptions of dental health care were handed to patients.(More)
BACKGROUND The correlation of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) with in-hospital morbidity is important in hospital settings where broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents are routinely used, such as in Greece. The C. DEFINE study aimed to assess point-prevalence of CDI in Greece during two study periods in 2013. METHODS There were two study periods(More)
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