George Nicoloff

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Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is an autoimmune disease associated with the presence of different types of autoantibodies. The presence of these antibodies and the corresponding antigens in the circulation leads to the formation of circulating immune complexes (CIC). CIC are known to persist in the blood for long periods of time. Such CIC(More)
Healthy subjects aged between 25 and 60 (20 cases) and between 61 and 65 (5 cases), and diabetic patients with vascular damage, aged between 24 and 62 (6 cases), were tested by a new method for the detection and identification of elastin-antielastin circulating immune complexes (CIC) in human sera. Such immune complexes were found in all patients' sera and(More)
An important factor in the development of vascular wall alterations is degradation of the elastic fiber major protein-elastin. Elastin peptides derived from this degradation are present in the circulating blood and they are a stimulus for increased production of anti-elastin antibodies (AEAb). The aim of the present study was to examine the possible(More)
Levels of elastin-derived peptides (EDP) were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in sera of 28 children with Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus (mean age 11.6+/-2.8 years, diabetes duration 5.1+/-2.5 years). None of the children had clinical or laboratory evidence of vascular complications. The children were followed over a(More)
Thickening of basement membrane in capillaries and small vessels is a well-known finding and important in the progression of diabetic microangiopathy. To monitor the metabolism of the basement membrane protein collagen type IV (CIV) in diabetes mellitus, serum levels of IgG, IgM and IgA to CIV were measured using an ELISA method in 28 children with Type 1(More)
The tissue accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGE) alters the structure and function of long-lived proteins. A number of studies have shown that tissue accumulation of AGE correlates with the severity of diabetic complications. Proteins containing AGE are highly immunogenic and anti-AGE antibodies were found in sera of diabetic rats and human.(More)
The purpose of the study was to measure advanced glycated end products (AGE) of elastin in human serum. In the present study, we adapted an ELISA technique for the determination of AGE-elastin-derived peptides (AGE-EDP) in human sera of healthy and diabetic subjects. This test makes use of human aortic elastin hydrolyzed by a chemical procedure(More)
The level of the circulating elastin-derived peptides (CEDP) in the serum is believed to reflect the activity of the degradation of the elastic structures. This paper reports a new method, based on the 'sandwich' version of the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), for the detection and quantification of CEDP in human serum. By this method we(More)
A modified version of the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), utilising human insoluble aortic elastin, was used for determination of anti-elastin antibodies in serum from normal and atherosclerotic subjects. The age-related changes in their level among healthy persons were investigated. Anti-elastin antibodies were found in all the tested human(More)
The effect of cobalt on the cardiovascular system is one of many aspects of cobalt metabolism in humans. Elastin and collagen are the main proteins of the vascular wall. The aims of this study were: 1) to determine serum cobalt concentrations in children with hypertension; and 2) to study the correlation between serum cobalt and some biological markers of(More)