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The purpose of the present study was to employ two methods-square wave voltammetry (SWV) performed on screen printed sensors and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP)-as suitable tools for the assay of low-molecular-weight antioxidants (LMWAs). LMWAs were assayed by both methods and the resulting data were statistically compared. Plasma samples from five(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate biochemical and oxidative stress responses to experimental F. tularensis infection in European brown hares, an important source of human tularemia infections. METHODS For these purposes we compared the development of an array of biochemical parameters measured in blood plasma using standard(More)
OBJECTIVES Bacterium Francisella tularensis is the causative agent of tularemia disease. It is a zoonosis accompanied with high mortality when untreated. Small rodents and hares, in particular, are natural reservoirs of tularemia. Despite physiological similarity of common hosts, tularemia exerts different mortality rates. The pathogenesis of tularemia is(More)
Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A (LGMD2A) is caused by single or small nucleotide changes widespread along the CAPN3 gene, which encodes the muscle-specific proteolytic enzyme calpain-3. About 356 unique allelic variants of CAPN3 have been identified to date. We performed analysis of the CAPN3 gene in LGMD2A patients at both the mRNA level using(More)
We report a 24-year-old male with an unusual combination of two inherited neuromuscular disorders--Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 1A and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). A phenotypic presentation of this patient included features of both these disorders. Nerve conduction studies revealed demyelinating peripheral neuropathy. Electromyography showed(More)
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A (LGMD2A) is an autosomal-recessive disorder characterized by selective atrophy and progressive weakness of proximal girdle muscles. LGMD2A, the most prevalent form of LGMD, is caused by mutations in the CAPN3 gene that encodes the skeletal muscle-specific member of the calpain family, calpain-3 (p 94). We examined the(More)
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD/BMD) are associated with mutations in the DMD gene. We determined the mutation status of 47 patients with dystrophinopathy without deletion or duplication in the DMD gene by screening performed by reverse transcription-PCR, protein truncation test, and DNA sequencing. We describe three patients with a mutation(More)
BACKGROUND Both BALB/c mice and common voles (Microtus arvalis) are considered highly susceptible to tularemia. However, the common vole is reported to harbour Francisella tularensis in European habitats as well as to survive longer with chronic shedding of the bacterium. The purpose of the present study was to compare the response of these two rodents to a(More)
BACKGROUND Outcome in bipolar patients can be affected by comorbidity of other psychiatric disorders. Comorbid personality disorders are frequent and may complicate the course of bipolar illness. We have much information about treating patients with uncomplicated bipolar disorder (BD) but much less knowledge about possibilities for patients with the(More)
Wild birds are continually exposed to many anthropogenic and natural stressors in their habitats. Over the last decades, mass mortalities of wild birds constitute a serious problem and may possibly have more causations such as natural toxins including cyanotoxins, parasitic diseases, industrial chemicals and other anthropogenic contaminants. This study(More)