Jolanta Florczak

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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), are accompanied by increased levels of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo2dG) and alterations in levels of homocysteine (Hcy), methionine (Met), and cysteine (Cys). Hcy may undergo remethylation due to involvement of MTHFR, MTR and MTHFD1 proteins. Present studies are(More)
The presenilin 1 (PS-1) gene, recently identified on chromosome 14q24.3, is a major gene involved into the autosomal dominant forms of early onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD). Mutations of the PS-1 gene are responsible for the majority of familial EOAD. We found a novel mutation in a Polish family with EOAD from the Poznań region. The mutation at codon 424(More)
The aim of the study was to determine the extent of oxidative DNA damage (levels of 8-oxo2dG) and expression of OGG1 and p53 and TNF-α proteins in lymphocytes of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and a control group. The studies were conducted on 41 patients with AD, including 25 women and 16 men aged 34-84 years. The control group included 51 individuals,(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by memory loss and personality changes. Pathological hallmarks of AD are: deposition of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, accompanied by neuronal and synaptic loss. The genetic background of AD is heterogeneous and strongly depends on the form of the(More)
Recent data have demonstrated that presence of apolipoprotein E (APOE) epsilon *4 allele is a major risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We determined the APOE genotypes in 64 patients with sporadic probable AD and 43 non-demented aged controls selected from Poznań region and the western part of Poland using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo2dG) and expression of three isoforms of 8-oxoguanine glycosylase 1 (OGG1), OGG1-1a, 1b, and 1c, and OGG1 protein and Ser326Cys and Arg46Gln polymorphisms of the OGG1 gene, in peripheral blood lymphocytes of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and healthy controls. The(More)
The deposition of βA4-amyloid in senile plaques in the brain and small cerebral vessels is one of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Serine protease inhibitors (serpins) such as α1-antitrypsin and α1-antichymotrypsin have been found to be associated with β-amyloid deposits; interest in their role in the pathogenesis of AD has therefore(More)
PURPOSE To determine the architectural pattern and neuropeptide content of canine corneal innervation. METHODS Corneal nerve fibers in normal dog eyes were labeled immunohistochemically with antibodies against protein gene product (PGP)-9.5, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), and tyrosine(More)
The study aimed at the analysis of polymorphisms in the gene coding for the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor alpha4 subunit (CHRNA4) and the evaluation of the extent of the oxidative damage to DNA (8-oxo2dG), as well as the level of proteins participating in DNA repair (p53, PARP) and DNA degradation (Bax:Bcl-2, 85-kDa fragment) in the peripheral blood(More)
The authors analyzed the prevalence and incidence of parkinsonism in the Poznań region. The research led to the following conclusions: 1. Incidence of parkinsonism in the Poznań region amounts to 12.6 per 100,000 of population, which is the middle value of scatter in the investigation on a world-scale. The prevalence of the disease--65.9 per 100,000--is the(More)