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The techniques and materials used during percutaneous coronary intervention have advanced considerably over the past 3 decades, yet restenosis remains one of the major drawbacks of this procedure. Many innovative technologies, including drug-eluting stents, with or without specific polymers, and fully biodegradable stents have been and continue to be(More)
Restenosis is a complex disease for which the pathophysiological mechanisms have not yet been fully elucidated, but are thought to include inflammation, proliferation, and matrix remodeling. Over the years, many predictive clinical, biological, (epi)genetic, lesion-related, and procedural risk factors for restenosis have been identified. These factors are(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate the role of secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2)-IIA in cardiovascular disease. BACKGROUND Higher circulating levels of sPLA2-IIA mass or sPLA2 enzyme activity have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. However, it is not clear if this association is causal. A recent phase III clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a recognition molecule of the lectin pathway of complement activation, and its serum levels are largely determined by frequently occurring polymorphisms of the MBL gene. We questioned whether MBL deficiency influences infectious complications in patients after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPKT). (More)
Pharmacogenetics is the search for heritable genetic polymorphisms that influence responses to drug therapy. The most important application of pharmacogenetics is to guide choosing agents with the greatest potential of efficacy and smallest risk of adverse drug reactions. Many studies focusing on drug-gene interactions have been published in recent years,(More)
BACKGROUND Antiplatelet drug resistance is a well-known problem, causing recurrent cardiovascular events. Multiple genetic polymorphisms have been related to antiplatelet resistance by several large trials, however data from common clinical practice is limited. We examined the influence of previously described polymorphisms, related to aspirin and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) failure remains an important cause of morbidity in hemodialysis patients. The exact underlying mechanisms responsible for AVF failure are unknown but processes like proliferation, inflammation, vascular remodeling, and thrombosis are thought to be involved. The current objective was to investigate the(More)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become an effective therapy to treat obstructive coronary artery diseases (CAD). However, one of the major drawbacks of PCI is the occurrence of restenosis in 5-25% of all initially treated patients. Restenosis is defined as the re-narrowing of the lumen of the blood vessel, resulting in renewed symptoms and the(More)