Lisa Sjölind

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a multifunctional cytokine originally described as an angiogenic factor. A number of reports have recently demonstrated that VEGF increases pancreatic islet survival after islet transplantation by stimulating angiogenesis and improving islet revascularization. Whether VEGF can protect from the autoimmune(More)
OBJECTIVE Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is an essential component of the acute-phase immune response and may thus play a role in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes and diabetic nephropathy. The serum concentration of MBL is mainly genetically determined, and elevated concentrations have been associated with both type 1 diabetes and diabetic nephropathy.(More)
Substantial evidence exists for the involvement of the renin–angiotensin system (RAS) in diabetic nephropathy. Angiotensin I converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), a new component of the RAS, has been implicated in kidney disease, hypertension and cardiac function. Based on this, the aim of the present study was to evaluate whether variations in ACE2 are associated(More)
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