Matei Petrescu

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Serologic assays using crude antigens for the diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV)-seropositive patients have been shown to lack sensitivity and specificity, particularly in AIDS patients. Antibodies to a cloned antigen, recombinant (r) K39, of Leishmania chagasi are specific for members of the Leishmania donovani(More)
PURPOSE Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer mortality in children and remain incurable despite advances in surgery and adjuvant therapies. The failure of malignant gliomas to respond to conventional treatment reflects the unique biology of these tumors, linked to a small population of stem-like precursors. This study describes the characteristics(More)
PURPOSE glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) still bears a very dismal prognosis even with complete resection followed by adjuvant chemoradiation. The aim of the current study was to evaluate in vitro the antitumor efficacy of arsenic trioxide (ATO) in combination with ionizing radiation plus temozolomide and bevacizumab against cultured glioblastoma stem-like(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Simulation-based medical education (SBME) is used to teach residents. However, few studies have evaluated its clinical impact. The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of an SBME session on pediatric interns' clinical procedural success. METHODS This randomized trial was conducted at 10 academic medical centers. Interns(More)
The pineal nonapeptide hormone arginine vasotocin (AVT) (100 ng/kg) administered intra-nasally (IN) to healthy prepubertal boys, dramatically increased the amount of REM sleep, decreased REM sleep latency, and induced REM periods at sleep onset. Neither arginine vasopressin (AVP) nor oxytocin administered IN at the dose of 100 ng/kg was able to reproduce(More)
In mentally retarded (MR) prepubertal children, investigated both before and after six months of treatment, synthetic arginine vasotocin (AVT) (10(-6) mg/day/0.1 ml, intranasally), but not oxytocin or saline alone, significantly increased the intelligence quotient (IQ) and improved the attention parameters without affecting the short-term memory. Taking(More)