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BACKGROUND Recently, aortic valve stenosis has been demonstrated to exhibit increased expression of certain matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and this has relevantly raised the question about possible interdependency between these and their tissue inhibitors. We sought to assess the expression of elastolytic MMPs and their inhibitors (TIMPs) in nonrheumatic(More)
INTRODUCTION Severe acute pancreatitis is associated with systemic inflammation, compensatory immune suppression, secondary infections, vital organ dysfunction, and death.Our study purpose was to delineate signaling profiles of circulating lymphocytes in acute pancreatitis complicated by organ dysfunction. METHODS Sixteen patients with acute pancreatitis,(More)
BACKGROUND Trypsinogen 3 is a minor trypsinogen isoform in the pancreas. In contrast with trypsin 1 and 2, trypsin 3 degrades pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, which may lead to an excess of active trypsin and acute pancreatitis (AP). We developed an immunoassay for trypsinogen 3 and studied whether an assay of serum trypsinogen 3 is of clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES To outline signaling profiles and transmigration capacity of monocytes of patients with severe acute pancreatitis. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING University hospital intensive care unit. PATIENTS Thirteen patients with severe acute pancreatitis. All patients had organ dysfunction (acute respiratory distress syndrome in 12, renal(More)
Human bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are responsible the remodeling of human tissue. However, damaged aortic valves are lack the ability to regenerate which is an active cell-mediated process. Diseased aortic valve remodeling has similarities even to bone formation. In this study, the prerequisites for cultured MSCs to undergo osteoblastic(More)
OBJECTIVE Tetracycline derivatives affect many cellular functions relevant to chronic cardiovascular pathologies, including cell proliferation, migration and matrix remodelling. Accordingly, we sought to determine whether they may modulate the pathologic characteristics known to be significantly involved in human aortic valve stenosis, such as gelatinase(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Circulating polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) may contribute to development of organ dysfunction in acute pancreatitis (AP). We outlined aberrations in PMNL signaling profiles in patients with AP complicated by organ dysfunction and immune suppression. METHODS Study comprised 13 patients treated at intensive care unit due to(More)
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