Gábor Széplaki

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BACKGROUND C1-inhibitor (C1-INH) is a serine protease inhibitor regulating the complement, kinin-kallikrein, coagulation, and fibrinolytic systems. Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is caused by an inherited deficiency of C1-INH characterized by sudden, recurrent edematous swellings of the subcutaneous or submucosal tissues. The optional therapy for the acute(More)
Hereditary angioneurotic edema is a rare disorder caused by the congenital deficiency of C1 inhibitor. Recurring angioedematous paroxysms that most commonly involve the subcutis (eg, extremities, face, trunk, and genitals) or the submucosa (eg, intestines and larynx) are the hallmarks of hereditary angioneurotic edema. Edema formation is related to(More)
A number of data indicate that the lectin pathway of complement activation contributes to the pathophysiology of ischemic stroke. The lectin pathway may be triggered by the binding of mannose-binding lectin (MBL), ficolin-2 or ficolin-3 to different ligands. Although several papers demonstrated the significance of MBL in ischemic stroke, the role of(More)
The diagnosis of hereditary angioedema (HAE) is based on complement tests. We studied for the first time the possible association between complement parameters measured at the time of diagnosis and disease severity in 115 patients with HAE. Serum levels of functional C1-inhibitor (C1-INH(f)), antigenic C1-inhibitor (C1-INH(a)), C4 and hemolytic activity of(More)
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease. The complement system plays an important role in the atherosclerotic process. However, lesser data is available on the possible role of C3 as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. Therefore, in a follow up study we determined C3 levels in 266 patients with pre-existing severe coronary artery disease (CAD) and(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate complement activation in a heart failure cohort. Based on their powerful biological activity, we hypothesized that the levels of anaphylatoxin C3a are related to pathological signs and outcomes in heart failure. Complement activation products C3a and SC5b9 were determined in 182 consecutive CHF patients (single(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemic stroke is a multifactorial disorder with genetic and environmental components. The aim of our study was to investigate whether two polymorphisms of the estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) gene (ESR1 c.454-397T>C and c.454-351A>G) are associated with ischemic stroke in a Caucasian population from Hungary. METHODS One hundred and ninety-eight(More)
Untwisting contributes to left ventricular filling through suction generation. We sought to investigate diastolic function and untwisting dynamics in different forms of left ventricular hypertrophy: in athlete's heart and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Elite athletes in kayaking, canoeing and rowing (n=28), patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM,(More)
The presence of autoantibodies to C1-inhibitor (C1-INH-Abs) is a hallmark of acquired C1-inhibitor deficiency. However, only scarce data are available on their prevalence in hereditary angioedema (HAE). In a prospective study performed between 2001 and 2004 in 95 patients with Type I or II HAE, serum samples were taken one to three times a year and clinical(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Enhanced release of proinflammatory cytokines may contribute to the pathogenesis of stroke. It was examined whether G to A promoter polymorphism in the tumor necrosis factor-alpha gene at position -308 affects the risk of stroke. METHODS We genotyped 336 patients with ischemic stroke and 333 healthy controls for this polymorphism.(More)