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BACKGROUND Molecular genetic methods were implemented in the detection of thrombophilic disorders in the 1990's with the discovery of coagulation inhibitors antithrombin III (AT III), protein C (PC) and S (PS). The discovery of the molecular cause of activated protein C (APC) resistance by Bertina in 1994 greatly expanded their utilization. METHODS AND(More)
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AIM The aim of this study was to assess coagulation markers of endothelial damage and examine new markers of endothelial activation such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in a group of healthy pregnant women. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, in particular, plays a major role in the degradation of the extracellular matrix confirming its essential function(More)
OBJECTIVE There is a growing view that inherited or acquired thrombophilia may predispose a woman towards an adverse pregnancy outcome. The aim of this study was to investigate whether risk factors for placental abruption because of such thrombophilias (such as carriership of factor V Leiden (FVL), prothrombin G20210A gene mutation and homozygous MTHFR(More)
OBJECTIVES Some findings support the role of serum adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (A-FABP) as a key pro-inflammatory mediator that links obesity with cardiovascular diseases. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of A-FABP with endothelial/hemostatic markers [von Willebrand factor (vWF), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1),(More)
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