Irene Hadjiyanni

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The role of calcium (Ca(2+)) in cytokinesis is controversial, and the precise pathways that lead to its release during cleavage are not well understood. Ca(2+) is released from intracellular stores by binding of inositol trisphosphate (IP3) to the IP3 receptor (IP3R), yet no clear role in cytokinesis has been established for the precursor of IP3,(More)
Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists improve glucose control in animals and humans with type 1 diabetes. However, there is little information on the role of the GLP-1R in the immune system. We studied the role of the GLP-1R in immune function in wild-type (WT) and non-obese diabetic (NOD) and Glp1r −/− mice. Glp1r mRNA expression was examined(More)
Activation of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) is associated with expansion of beta-cell mass due to stimulation of cell proliferation and induction of antiapoptotic pathways coupled to beta-cell survival. Although the GLP-1R agonist Exenatide (exendin-4) is currently being evaluated in subjects with type 1 diabetes, there is little information(More)
The development of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has been linked to environmental factors and dietary components. Increasing evidence indicates that the integrity of the gut mucosa plays a role in the development of autoimmune diseases, and evidence from both preclinical and clinical studies demonstrates that increased leakiness of the intestinal epithelium(More)
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive disease of high prevalence within Mediterranean countries and particularly common in four ethnic populations: Arabs, non-Ashkenazi Jews, Armenians, and Turks. The responsible gene MEFV has been assigned to chromosome 16p13.3. Our aim was to establish the frequencies of the most common mutations in(More)
Diabetes mellitus is considered the epidemic of the 21st century, affecting close to 170 million people in 2000, and expected to double in incidence by 2030 (1). The two major types of diabetes (types 1 and 2) are characterized by chronic hyperglycemia due to a loss of insulin secretion and/or defective insulin action; however, the etiopathogenesis of each(More)
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