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Excessive or persistent proinflammatory cytokine production plays a central role in autoimmune diseases. Acute activation of the sympathetic nervous system attenuates the innate immune response. However, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system are regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. Herein, we evaluated the effects(More)
Anemia of chronic inflammation is the most prevalent form of anemia in hospitalized patients. A hallmark of this disease is the intracellular sequestration of iron. This is a consequence of hepcidin-induced internalization and subsequent degradation of ferroportin, the hepcidin receptor and only known iron-export protein. This study describes the(More)
Increased hepcidin production is key to the development of anemia of inflammation. We investigated whether lexaptepid, an antihepcidin l-oligoribonucleotide, prevents the decrease in serum iron during experimental human endotoxemia. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out in 24 healthy males. At T = 0 hours, 2 ng/kg(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study we evaluated long-term effects of frontal beta EEG-neurofeedback training (E-NFT) on healthy subjects. We hypothesized that E-NFT can change frontal beta activity in the long-term and that changes in frontal beta EEG activity are accompanied by altered cognitive performance. METHODS 25 healthy subjects were included and randomly(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperalgesia is a well recognized hallmark of disease. Pro-inflammatory cytokines have been suggested to be mainly responsible, but human data are scarce. Changes in pain threshold during systemic inflammation evoked by human endotoxemia, were evaluated with three quantitative sensory testing methods. METHODS AND RESULTS Pressure pain(More)
Improvements in methodologies for measuring concentrations of catecholamines (CA) have led to an increasing use of these compounds as markers in the screening of patients and in long-term clinical trials. Because of the associated logistical problems, we have investigated the unresolved question of optimal conditions for sample preparation and for storage(More)
Clinical experience suggests that the administration of fluids in human endotoxemia reduces symptoms. In the present study, the effects of a standardised fluid protocol on symptoms, inflammatory and hemodynamic parameters in human endotoxemia are determined. With approval of the local ethics committee, 16 healthy volunteers received 2 ng/kg of Escherichia(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine gender differences in the innate immune response and vascular reactivity during human endotoxemia. DESIGN Clinical experimental study. SETTING University medical center intensive care research unit. SUBJECTS Fifteen female and 15 male volunteers. INTERVENTIONS Intravenous injection of 2 ng/kg Escherichia coli(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the prenatal assessment of associated renal pathology, non-renal pathology and renal biometry, fetal outcome and postnatal urological management in the presence of unilateral fetal multicystic dysplastic kidney. METHODS A total of 38 singleton pregnancies with fetal unilateral multicystic dysplastic kidney was studied over a 13-year(More)
OBJECTIVE Cardiac surgery is an important risk factor for the development of acute renal failure. Cytosolic enzymes glutathione S-transferase (GST) A1 and P1 are present selectively in proximal and distal tubular cells, respectively. We determined the extent and site of tubular injury and examined if GST excretion may predict a clinically relevant change in(More)