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OBJECTIVE Helicobacter DNA has been detected in the hepatobiliary tree of patients with chronic liver diseases (CLD). The presence of H. pylori in the stomach compared with in the liver of the same patients with CLD has not been studied, therefore to the aim of this study was to investigate the presence of Helicobacter DNA and antigens in the liver and(More)
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most important etiological factors responsible for nosocomial infections. Some of them may be life-threatening, especially in the case of immuno-compromised patients, causing bacteremia, endocarditis, sepsis or toxic-shock syndrome. Their multiresistance to antibiotics produces many therapeutic problems, and for this(More)
Long-term antiviral therapy of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can lead to the selection of drug-resistant HBV variants and treatment failure. Moreover, these HBV strains are possibly present in treatment-naive patients. Currently available assays for the detection of HBV drug resistance can identify mutants that constitute ≥5% of the viral(More)
We evaluated the cytotoxicity and underlying mechanisms of cardiac glycosides, including digoxin, ouabain and proscillaridin A, on the proliferation of breast cancer MCF-7 cells. In terms of inhibition of cell proliferation of MCF-7 cells, the compounds rank in the order proscillaridin A>digoxin>ouabain. While both digoxin and ouabain inhibited(More)
In this study, we looked at the effect of ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A on human fibroblasts. These data show that low concentrations of ouabain, digoxin and proscillaridin A can activate proliferation of human fibroblasts, suggesting that the Na+, K+-adenosine triphosphatase complex may act as a transducing receptor. It was shown that 30 nM(More)
Staphylococcin T (StT), an antibacterial agent produced by a Staphylococcus cohnii T strain, was purified to homogeneity by ammonium sulphate precipitation, gel filtration, cation exchange and fast performance liquid chromatography (FPLC). The final yield was about 20%, and over a 1000-fold increase in the specific activity was obtained. Mass determination(More)
BACKGROUND Liver steatosis and iron overload, which are frequently observed in chronic hepatitis C (CHC), may contribute to the progression of liver injury. This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between liver steatosis and iron overload in Polish patients with CHC compared to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and HFE-hereditary(More)
PURPOSE About 40% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients are candidates for systemic chemotherapy, despite the fact that at diagnosis most NSCLC are usually chemoresistant both in vivo and ex vivo. It is important to develop sufficient methods of prediction of the response to chemotherapy and to find molecular markers that may prognose this(More)
The determination of gene expression levels in normal tissue is necessary for the analysis and interpretation of results of gene profiling studies in pathological samples. With the real-time reverse transcription-PCR technique, which enables one to detect the amplification rate during the process, assessment of the amount of gene transcript is fast and(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the cytotoxicity, antiproliferative activity, and apoptosis induction activity of two modified glycosides – digoxin and proscillaridin A – conjugated to a generation 3 polyamidoamine dendrimer (G3 PAMAM-NH) in human breast cancer cells. The results suggest that conjugation with the G3 PAMAM-NH dendrimer enhances(More)