Kostas Markakis

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Thyroid hormone (TH) is critical in cardiac cell differentiation (regulating contractile proteins and cell geometry) and this effect could be potentially exploited therapeutically in reversing the process of de-differentiation which underlies postischemic cardiac remodeling. Acute myocardial infarction was induced in male Wistar rats by ligating left(More)
We describe 2 patients with adult Still's disease who developed thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and were successfully treated. Although TTP has been associated with autoimmune diseases, usually with systemic lupus erythematosus or various forms of vasculitis, it has rarely been observed in patients with adult Still's disease. This uncommon(More)
OBJECTIVE Subjects with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The mechanism of this enhanced risk is unclear. Circulating vascular progenitor cells (VPC) are immature bone marrow derived cells capable of differentiating into mature endothelial cells. VPC number/function and central arterial stiffness(More)
BACKGROUND Calcific deposits are frequently observed at sites of healed myocardial infarcts. Grossly visible calcification of myocardial infarcts and calcified intracavitary cardiac thrombi are less common but recently are becoming more frequent findings during surgical ventricular restoration procedures. CASE PRESENTATION A 64 year old male diabetic(More)
For the implementation of the Framework Council Directive 91/414/EEC, participation of all member states (MS) is required. In the first round of the review program of plant protection products, Mediterranean countries have successfully performed their proportional work share for the central registration of the active substances and the national registration(More)
OBJECTIVE Elevated long-term blood pressure variability has been shown to be predictive of adverse outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease. In kidney transplant recipients a negative correlation between endothelial function and short-term variability has been found. No data exist, however, for associations of visit-to-visit variability (long-term(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the relationship of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and study the responses of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura patients to early plasmapheresis. DESIGN Case series. SETTING ICU of a university hospital. PATIENTS Twenty-four consecutive patients with thrombotic(More)
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