Krzysztof Sikorski

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Inflammation participates importantly in host defenses against infectious agents and injury, but it also contributes to the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. Recruitment of blood leukocytes to the injured vascular endothelium characterizes the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis and involves many inflammatory mediators, modulated by cells of(More)
Atherosclerosis is characterized by early endothelial dysfunction and altered vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contractility. The forming atheroma is a site of excessive production of cytokines and inflammatory ligands by various cell types that mediate inflammation and immune responses. Key factors contributing to early stages of plaque development are(More)
Signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs) comprise a family of transcription factors that are structurally related and which participate in signaling pathways activated by cytokines, growth factors and pathogens. Activation of STAT proteins is mediated by the highly conserved Src homology 2 (SH2) domain, which interacts with phosphotyrosine(More)
Inflammation plays an important role in host defenses against infectious agents and injury, but it also contributes to the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. Signal transducer and activated transcription 1 (STAT1) has been identified as a point of convergence for the cross talk between the pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon γ (IFNγ) and the Toll-like(More)
Signal integration between IFNγ and TLRs in immune cells has been associated with the host defense against pathogens and injury, with a predominant role of STAT1. We hypothesize that STAT1-dependent transcriptional changes in vascular cells involved in cross-talk between IFNγ and TLR4, reflect pro-atherogenic responses in human atherosclerosis. Genome-wide(More)
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease in patients with renal failure is extremely high and accounts for a large part of the morbidity and mortality. Inflammation participates importantly in host defense against infectious agents and injury, but also contributes to the pathophysiology of many diseases, including cardiovascular atherosclerosis, which is a(More)
It is known that metallic elements of joint endoprostheses undergo elastic strain due to their mechanical function. This is one of the factors which may be responsible for the loosening of endoprostheses. Since mechanisms involved in it remain unclear, it seems valuable to verify if cells responsible for bone regeneration are affected by a strain of the(More)
Atherosclerotic plaque development involves multiple extra- and intra-cellular signals engaging cells from the immune system and from the vasculature. Pro-inflammatory pathways activated by interferon gamma (IFNγ) and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) ligands are profoundly involved in plaque formation and have been shown to involve cross-talk in all(More)
It is known that the micromotion between implant and bone inhibits direct bone growth either on or into implant surfaces in vivo. Nevertheless, biocompatibility tests in vitro of biomaterials for bone/implant interfaces are mainly performed under static conditions. This work describes a dynamic, in vitro experimental simulation of the effect of mutual,(More)
Several techniques of the bone-implant interface uncovering in the proper way for X-ray microanalysis, were tested. The obtained results confirmed that the method of sample preparation has significantly influenced the results of investigation. The mechanical polishing, which is routinely used for preparation of surfaces to the X-ray microanalysis,(More)
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