J. Jaroszewicz

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BACKGROUND & AIMS The quantifiable level of HBsAg has been suggested as a predictor of treatment response in chronic hepatitis B. However, there is limited information on HBsAg levels considering the dynamic natural course of HBV-infection. This study aimed to determine HBsAg levels in the different phases of HBV-infection in European HBsAg-positive(More)
The outcome of viral infections is dependent on the function of CD8+ T cells which are tightly regulated by costimulatory molecules. The NK cell receptor 2B4 (CD244) is a transmembrane protein belonging to the Ig superfamily which can also be expressed by CD8+ T cells. The aim of this study was to analyze the role of 2B4 as an additional costimulatory(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Pegylated interferon-alpha (PEG-IFNalpha), in combination with ribavirin, controls hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in approximately 50% of patients by mechanisms that are not completely understood. Beside a direct antiviral effect, different immunomodulatory effects have been discussed. Natural killer (NK) cells might be associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss is the ultimate goal of antiviral therapy and its prediction may be important for treatment individualization. Quantitative HBsAg (qHBsAg) has been shown to predict response to interferon-α, but few studies have analysed qHBsAg during treatment with nucleoside/nucleotide analogues (NAs). Serum(More)
The coincidence of viral hepatitis and acute pancreatitis is well described. Most of the cases are related to acute hepatitis A or B. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infections are rare in Europe, and very few reports describe HEV as a causative agent of acute pancreatitis in areas of endemic hepatitis E prevalence. We report a case of acute pancreatitis in the(More)
BACKGROUND MR proton spectroscopy (1H MRS) enables early detection of metabolic changes, which occur in the course of AIDS Dementia Complex Syndrome (ADC). The goal of the study was the evaluation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and its influence on the character and intensity of metabolic changes in brain 1H MRS spectra in clinically(More)
Metabolic and morphologic abnormalities as well as disturbances in bone mineral density (BMD) are prevalent among HIV-infected patients, particularly during highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) [1–3]. Hyperlipidaemia may affect up to 60–80% of HIV-infected patients treated with protease inhibitors (PI) and is commonly associated with abnormalities(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) clearance during chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection is associated with improved long-term clinical outcome, so is considered an important therapeutic goal in CHB. Studies have shown that serum HBsAg quantification during, and at end of, treatment may predict long-term HBsAg loss. OBJECTIVES Performance(More)
AIM To provide the clinical and epidemiological data of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients of North-Eastern Poland. METHODS A total of 248 IBD patients diagnosed and hospitalized in the Department of Infectious Diseases in Bialystok between 1990 and 2003 were included in the study. We analyzed age, sex, education, characteristics of job, type of(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) is a pleiotropic cytokine with a variety of effects on a wide range of cells in the immune system. Evidence suggests that TGF-beta(1) is also involved in the pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infections. The aim of this study was to explore possible relationships between circulating(More)