Jelena T Basic

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Genetic contribution of tumor necrosis factor polymorphism (TNF-α-308G/A) in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) on response to TNF blocking agents, as well as matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) production, is not yet well established. We have investigated whether the TNF-α-308G/A polymorphism can influence MMP-9 level and clinical response to(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of melatonin on oxidative stress, DNA fragmentation, apoptsis and proliferation in thymus tissue of rats exposed to microwaves. Wistar rats were divided in four groups: I - treated with saline; II - treated with melatonin; III - microwaves exposed; IV - microwaves exposed and melatonin treated. Melatonin (2(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are proteolytic enzymes that are involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes, including those in CNS. In this study, plasma values of MMP-3 and MMP-9 have been compared in clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients during their acute attacks, in(More)
OBJECTIVE The scope of this study is the examination of NO(2)+NO(3), 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT), S-nitrosothiols (RSNO), arginase activity and asymmetric (ADMA) and symmetric (SDMA) dimethyl-L-arginine concentrations in plasma of MS patients during interferon-β1b therapy. METHODS The study population included 15 (12 women, 3 men) untreated MS patients and 12(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Even in patients with high-grade carotid stenosis, cardiovascular morbidity causes more deaths than strokes do. Despite successful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol lowering, a significant risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease remains, eventually rendering other lipid or lipoprotein ratios more efficient treatment(More)
The aim of the study is to investigate the hypothesis that agmatine (AGM) enhances blood brain barrier (BBB) compounds properties in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), which is an established animal model for studying multiple sclerosis (MS). Wild-type (WT) and knockout (KO) CBA/H iNOS−/− mice, 3 months old (15 ± 5 g) were used for EAE(More)
Glucocorticoids represent the most powerful endogenous anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effectors, interfering with virtually every step of immunoinflammatory responses. Glucocorticoids are often the most effective therapy in the prevention or suppression of inflammation and other immunologically mediated processes, but their use is limited by(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchial asthma is an inflammatory disease resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the regulatory regions of cytokine and antioxidant enzyme genes may affect cytokine production and enzyme activity, and thus play a contributory role in asthma pathogenesis. OBJECTIVES The aim of this(More)
AIM Fas membrane-associated polypeptide antigen is a receptor molecule responsible for apoptosis-mediated signals. In animal models of acute viral hepatitis, apoptosis of hepatocytes is mediated by Fas-death receptors; therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of interferon (IFN)-alpha on apoptotic markers and nuclease activity against(More)
Cadmium is a widespread, toxic industrial pollutant. The proximal tubule of the mammalian kidney is a major target of Cd-induced toxicity. We analyzed the effects of cadmium exposure on the model system of experimental animals, the thiobarbituric acid (TBA)-reactive substance (TBARS) level, and the activity of xanthine oxidase (XO) and catalase in kidney of(More)