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BACKGROUND The receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB ligand (RANKL), produced by osteoblasts/stromal cells, is a member of the RANK/RANKL/OPG system, which regulates bone resorption by osteoclasts. Since RANKL and osteoprotegerin (OPG) production in bone is influenced by parathyroid hormone (PTH), we measured serum RANKL and OPG concentrations in(More)
Recently identified soluble circulating osteoprotegerin (OPG), a member of tumor necrosis factor receptor family, is the osteoclastogenesis inhibitory factor (OCIF). It acts as a "decoy" receptor for receptor activator of NF-kappaB ligand (RANKL) and antagonises RANKL/RANK activity. This way OPG exerts the protective effect on bone, which is also important(More)
Therapy with renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS)-blocking drugs prevents the development of fibrosis and angiogenesis in animal models and humans. In our study we have evaluated the systemic effect of RAAS blockade and the effect on peritoneal growth factors, cytokine production and membrane transport characteristics in patients on peritoneal(More)
This report provides a summary of the 2011 Slovenian renal replacement therapy (RRT) data. Data were obtained from 24 renal centers: 23 dialysis and one transplant center, referred as of 31 December 2011, with 100% response rate to individual patient questionnaires. Slovenia has a population of approximately 2 million (2 052 496 in 2011). The total number(More)
This report provides a summary of the 2013 Slovenian renal replacement therapy (RRT) data, obtained from 24 renal centers: 23 dialysis and one transplant center, referring from 31 December 2013, with 100% response rate to individual patient questionnaires. Slovenia had a population of 2 061 085 on 1 January 2014. The total number of patients treated by RRT(More)
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