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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Human obesity is accepted as an important risk factor for development of MetS. Adiponectin is linked to central obesity and ADIPOQ variants are promising markers for understanding the genetic base of obesity-related disorders. We performed analyses of adiponectin concentrations and ADIPOQ variants and tested their associations with(More)
AIM To evaluate students' academic success at delivered in a traditional continual course, spread over the two semesters, or in alternating course blocks. METHOD We analyzed the data on exam grades for Anatomy and Chemistry courses in the first year of the curriculum for academic year 2001/02, with the traditional continual delivery of the courses (n=253(More)
BMI was increased (>25) in 22% of young healthy subjects. Increased cholesterol values (>5.0 mmol/L) were found in 23% of subjects, LDL-C (>3.0 mmol/L) in 23%, triglycerides (>1.7 mmol/L) in 11% of subjects. We found statistically significant differences in subjects' weight (p = 0.015), BMI (p = 0.023), and waist-hip ratio (WHR) (p = 0.015) in regard to(More)
Thorough control of risk factors is pivotal for cardiocerebrovascular diseases. As classic risk assessment accounts for only 50% of risk variability and due to the role of inflammatory processes in endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerotic plaque rupture, it is necessary to identify new biomarkers for risk prediction. In addition to the inflammatory(More)
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE; EC 3.1.1.7.) is an extremely active enzyme necessary for terminating the action of acetylcholine in cholinergic synapses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of four mono-pyridinium compounds 1-phenacylpyridinium chloride (I), 1-phenacyl-2-methylpyiridinium chloride (II), 1-benzoylethylpyridinium chloride (III),(More)
Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-gamma (PPARG) and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) play important role in lipid homeostasis, insulin resistance and adipogenesis, and their gene variability could be considered as predictive genetic markers for metabolic syndrome (MetSy). The aim of the study was to estimate possible associations of PPARG (Pro12Ala) and(More)
BACKGROUND Apolipoprotein E has an important role in lipid metabolism and adipocyte activity and apo E gene (APOE) might serve as a potential determinant of metabolic syndrome (MetS). AIM The aim of the presented study was to investigate the association between APOE polymorphism and MetS in young adult subjects of Croatian origin. METHODS This study(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the possible non-lipid effects of simvastatin (SIMV) on paraoxonase 1 (PON1) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) activity, as well as on malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in normolipidemic rats. METHODS Two experimental groups of Wistar rats (10mg/kg/day of SIMV) and two control groups (saline) underwent a 21-day treatment period (TP).(More)
There are diverse experimental data about the influence of gemfibrozil (GEM) on the production of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and antioxidant enzymes. We investigated the influence of GEM treatment on the production of malondialdehyde (MDA) level in tissues of normolipidaemic Wistar and Fisher rats which is an index of lipid peroxidation. Because serum(More)
The present study examines long-term effects of occupational exposure to formaldehyde fumes on lung function. Forced spirometry and diffusing lung capacity were measured in 16 health-service professionals (8 medical doctors and 8 laboratory technicians) working at the pathoanatomic laboratory for at least 4 years with daily exposure 8 +/- 1 hours. Control(More)