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INTRODUCTION Treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) with pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) and ribavirin leads to sustained virological response (SVR) in approximately 50% of the patients. SVR depends on hepatitis C virus (HCV) and host factors, including IL28B genotypes. OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of the(More)
INTRODUCTION Soluble forms of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) membrane receptors 1 and 2 (sTNFR1 and sTNFR2) are present in body fluids. Their higher concentrations are observed in a number of diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). sTNFR1 and sTNFR2 are capable of binding TNF-α, acting as an inhibitor that competes with a membrane receptor. The(More)
Hypercoagulability observed in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) may lead to thromboembolic events (TE), which affect the venous and arterial systems alike and are an important factor in patients' morbidity and mortality. The risk of TE in IBD patients has been demonstrated to be approximately three-fold higher as compared to the general(More)
PURPOSE Opioid peptides provide a link between the neuroendocrine and immune systems. They modify the inflammatory process through their effect on the synthesis and secretion of cytokines and on the proliferation of leukocytes to the inflammatory lesion. The evaluation analyzed changes in free met-enkephalin concentration values in the serum and colon(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism. Its mechanism is still unclear. Altered fibrin clot properties have been reported in patients with thromboembolism and those with chronic inflammatory states. We investigated whether fibrin characteristics are abnormal in IBD. METHODS Ex vivo plasma fibrin(More)
PURPOSE This pilot study aimed at finding trend for further investigation of the optimal maintenance therapy with lansoprazole in patients with non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) suffering from mild symptoms. MATERIAL AND METHODS Sixty consecutive patients with diagnosed NERD reporting mild symptoms were included in the study. After successfully finishing(More)
INTRODUCTION In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), disbalance between procoagulant, anticoagulant, and fibrinolytic factors has been shown. The hemostatic system is an indispensable component of the inflammatory process. Deficiencies in the protein C (PC) pathway components not only promote thrombosis, but also exacerbate inflammation. (More)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) development is affected by complex interactions between environmental factors, changes in intestinal flora, various predisposing genetic properties and changes in the immune system. Dietary factors seem to play an underestimated role in the etiopathogenesis and course of the disease. However, research about food and IBD is(More)
Ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn's disease (CD) and indeterminate colitis are defined as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Those diseases involve disorders of numerous immunological mechanisms associated with cellular and humoral immune response. In CD cellular response is considered to be of crucial importance, and dominant cytokines include: tumor necrosis(More)
Introduction. Geldanamycin (GA) is an ansamycin antibiotic that exhibits potent anti-neoplastic properties. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of GA and its derivatives on the growth and invasiveness of myeloma cell lines and CD138+ cells derived from the bone marrow of patients with multiple myeloma. Materials and methods. We evaluated cell(More)