Irena Bartlomiejczyk

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Overproduction of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta 1 messenger RNA is of fundamental importance in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. In vitro studies have recently shown that the serine protease trypsin diminishes the enhanced TGF-beta 1-expression induced by advanced glycation end products. Moreover, proteolytic enzymes may accelerate the(More)
Strenuous physical exercise induces muscle fibers damage and non-specific inflammatory response. Activated by inflammatory process cells may serve as the source of wide spectrum of inflammatory mediators and growth factors. Namely Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-beta) and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)(More)
OBJECTIVE the aim of this work was to define the influence of the ageing process on the activity of proteolytic enzymes, such as trypsin, elastase, plasmin and active MMP-9 concentration, as well as the inhibitor alpha 1-antitrypsin. Moreover, we assessed associations between enzyme activity and selected clinical and biochemical parameters. METHODS(More)
Therapeutic drug monitoring of immunosuppressive agents is a critical and essential part of patient therapy after organ transplantation. We have developed high-throughput, robust, and rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/MS/MS) methods with common pretreatment procedures for simultaneous quantification of four immunosuppressive agents(More)
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is the main cytokine involved in the induction of acute phase response, which includes synthesis of certain proteins in the liver, one of which is C-reactive protein (CRP). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of IL-6 released during physical exercise on CRP generation in healthy male athletes. Fourteen young cyclists were(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The extracellular matrix (ECM) undergoes constant dynamic changes; proteolytic enzymes, particularly the serine proteases plasmin, trypsin and elastase, catalyze critical functions in these processes. Notably, ECM degradation disorders have been reported in various morbid conditions, including cardiac infarction, atheromatosis, and(More)
BACKGROUND Physical exercise benefits the heart, but the mechanism is not understood. The mechanism of muscle plasticity after physical training is also unclear. The proangiogenic and mitogenic activity of PDGF and VEGF could be involved in both processes. This study investigated the influence of a single bout of acute exercise on the PDGF-AA and VEGF-A(More)
In diabetic nephropathy the progressive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins results from an imbalance between synthetic and degradative pathways. While the role of the different matrix metalloproteinases in the impaired ECM degradation has been studied in detail, the function of lysosomal cysteine proteinases has not received adequate(More)
The serum level of the transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) is elevated after acute bouts of exercise and prolonged training, as well as after myocardial infarction. However, the source of this increase remains unclear. Contracting skeletal muscles are known to be the source of many cytokines. To determine whether skeletal or heart muscles produce(More)
Monitoring of tacrolimus blood concentrations is of utmost importance in the management of organ transplant recipients due to narrow therapeutic index of the drug and its considerable interpatient variability in pharmacokinetics. Thus therapeutic monitoring of tacrolimus plays a crucial role not only in the evaluation of the drug efficacy but also in the(More)