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Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) is implicated in post-ischemic myocardial dysfunction. Two distinct TNF-alpha receptors are shed from cell membranes and circulate in plasma as soluble sTNFR1 and sTNFR2 proteins. The aim of the study was to establish factors associated with plasma concentrations of TNF-alpha and its receptors in patients with(More)
UNLABELLED Direct contact of the blood with the dialysis membrane during hemodialysis elicits a series of changes in blood cells. White blood cell count and total lymphocyte number are reduced, neutrocytes are stimulated and degranulate, platelet adhesiveness is enhanced. Interactions of granulocytes with the dialysis membrane stimulate the production of(More)
BACKGROUND Peptidyl-prolyl isomerase, NIMA-interacting 1 (PIN1) plays a significant role in the brain and is implicated in numerous cellular processes related to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative conditions. There are confounding results concerning PIN1 activity in AD brains. Also PIN1 genetic variation was inconsistently associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Active metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA), eicosanoids, strongly influence renal homeostasis. The aims of this study were to measure perioperative variations in lipoxygenase (LOX)-derived 5-, 12- and 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic (HETE) acids levels, and to examine whether (i) dynamics of these eicosanoid generation changes during the first 5 min(More)
Lipoxygenases are a family of non-heme enzyme dioxygenases. The role of lipoxygenases is synthesis of hydroperoxides of fatty acids, which perform signaling functions in the body. Studies on conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) as fatty acids with a potential anti-atherosclerotic function have recently been initiated. The aim of the study was to test the effect(More)
Eicosanoids, active metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA), play an important role in the regulation of renal haemodynamics and glomerular filtration. Our study verified the hypothesis on the positive action of exogenously administered PGE(1) on renal function during an operation with temporary ischaemia of the lower half of the body. Also the effect of(More)
The aim of this paper was to examine if pre- and neonatal exposure that results in lead (Pb) concentration below 'safe level' (10 μg/dL) in offspring blood may cause disruption of the pro/antioxidant balance in the developing rat brain. We studied oxidative stress intensity (malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration) as well as mRNA, protein expression and the(More)
Previous studies showed an association of the common functional polymorphism (C34T, Gln12Stop) in the adenosine monophosphate deaminase-1 (AMPD1) gene with survival in heart failure (HF) and/or coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of the study was to search for other mutations in selected regions of the AMPD1 gene in Polish CAD and HF patients, and to(More)
Ischemia-reperfusion injury is often responsible for delayed graft function after transplantation. Trimetazidine (TMZ) is an antioxidant agent used to protect grafts from ischemia-reperfusion injury. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of TMZ on nucleotide profile in rat kidney with ischemia-reperfusion injury. The study was carried out on Wistar(More)
We examined the activity of sodium transporting systems (STS) in a cellular membrane of erythrocytes in a group of 21 patients under chronic hemodialysis treatment with the dialyzing fluid containing glucose HD-g(+), and 22 patients dialysed with the fluid not containing glucose HD-g(-), 21 patients with chronic kidney failure already not treated with(More)