John Koskinas

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BACKGROUND This study examined the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of transarterial chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using a newly developed size of a superabsorbent polymer drug-eluting embolic material. METHODS Forty-five patients with documented HCC (Child-Pugh score A/B: 55.5 %/44.5 %) were embolized with HepaSphere(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are the major causes of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The resolution or chronicity of acute infection is dependent on a complex interplay between virus and innate/adaptive immunity. The mechanisms that lead a significant proportion of patients to more severe(More)
Sorafenib is considered the standard systemic therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in patients with well-preserved liver function (Child-Pugh A class) and advanced-stage HCC (BCLC-C) or in patients with HCC progressing after locoregional therapies, with a high grade of recommendation. The approval of sorafenib for this indication was grounded on the(More)
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education: This letter to the editor is a case report of a rare situation which may cause an important dilemma in the everyday clinical practice. The question is: autoimmune hepatitis or Wilson's disease? Due to the different therapeutical approach of these two situations, the correct diagnosis is(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of triple therapy using boceprevir (BOC) with pegylated interferon (pIFN)/ribavirin (RBV) in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) genotype 1 (G1) treatment-experienced patients with advanced fibrosis or compensated cirrhosis. METHODS We report the Greek experience on the first CHC patients who(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Acute hepatitis C is rarely diagnosed due to its predominantly asymptomatic course. However, early treatment results in viral eradication in a high number of patients thus, preventing chronicity. The aim of our study was to describe our experience with patients with acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who presented and followed-up in(More)
Hepatitis C virus non-enveloped particles circulate in the serum of HCV-infected patients and are believed to be involved in viral persistence. It was previously demonstrated that recombinant HCVne particles can efficiently enter T cells. In this study we investigated the effect of this entry on the phenotype and function of PBMCs, focused on the CD4+ and(More)
BACKGROUND We examined the intrinsic hepatic innervation after partial hepatectomy (PH) in rats and the presence and pattern of neural sprouting in regenerating liver. METHODS Male Wistar rats (age 9-13 weeks-w, weight 204-356 g), were submitted to two-thirds PH. Rats were sacrificed at postoperative days (d) 1, 3, 5, 7, at 2 and 4 w, and at 3 and 6(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C viral (HCV) load detection and quantification is routinely accomplished by HCV RNA measurement, an expensive but essential test, both for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). HCV core antigen (Ag) testing has been suggested as an attractive alternative to molecular diagnostics. The aim of the study was to evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have suggested that the immune response may play a crucial role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Therefore, our aim was to establish a (i) functional culture of primary human tumor hepatocytes and non-tumor from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and (ii) a co-culture system of HCC and non-HCC(More)
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