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Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most frequent hereditary inflammatory disease. FMF causes different clinical manifestations in different ethnic groups and countries. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the records of 1,152 FMF suspected patients (673 female and 479 male) from November 2006 to December 2010. A commercial kit assay for the(More)
INTRODUCTION Vitiligo is a common acquired pigmentary skin disorder. Vitamin D is responsible for skin pigmentation, increases tyrosinase activity and melanogenesis, and exhibits immunoregulatory functions. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with many autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple(More)
Endothelial cell-specific molecule-1 (endocan) is an immunoinflammatory marker linked to endothelial activation and dysfunction. We investigated the relationship between obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), microvascular angina (MVA), and plasma levels of endocan. We included 53 healthy individuals as controls, 40 MVA patients, and 120 patients with(More)
Since they are available in open markets and pharmacies, pesticides have been widely used all over the country. (Un)intentional poisoning with these compounds is one of the most common causes of chemical poisoning, especially in rural agricultural areas. Pesticide poisonings reported by various countries showed that it is a worldwide health problem with(More)
AIM To investigate serum cardiac troponin I levels before and after magnesium sulfate treatment in preeclamptic pregnant women. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-five pregnant women were included in the prospectively planned study. Study group patients (n = 25) were pregnant women hospitalized with a preeclampsia diagnosis while the control group (n = 30) were(More)
OBJECTIVE High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and neopterin are associated with atherosclerosis. We aimed to evaluate the association between hsCRP and neopterin, and myocardial ischemia during exercise stress test (EST) in patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP) and to assess the predictive value of these mediators in obstructive coronary artery(More)
OBJECTIVES Thymosin beta4 (Tβ4) has been shown to have an important role in healing of damaged tissues and promoting cardiomyocyte survival in acute coronary syndromes. We evaluated endogenous Tβ4 levels in patients presenting with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) before and after successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).(More)
Acute renal failure resulting from radiocontrast-induced nephrotoxicity (RIN) is suggested to occur via medullary ischemia coupled with the generation of free radicals and oxidative injury to tubular cells. The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of erdosteine on prevention of RIN. Thirty-three Wistar-albino rats were divided into five(More)
OBJECTIVES Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) plays an essential role in cardiac vessel development and is currently being developed as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) in some experimental studies. Thus, we aimed to investigate the association of serum Tβ4 levels and collateral formation in patients presenting with severely(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Non-dipper hypertension is frequently accompanied by endothelial dysfunction and activation. Previous studies suggested that endocan may be a novel endothelial dysfunction marker. This study aims to investigate the association between circadian blood pressure (BP) pattern and plasma endocan levels together with high-sensitivity(More)
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