Michał Bijak

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Blood coagulation consists of a series of zymogens that can be converted by limited proteolysis to active enzymes leading to the generation of thrombin. Fresh plasma and human thrombin was incubated with extracts from berries of Aronia melanocarpa or seeds of Vitis vinifera (0.5; 5; 50 μg/ml). The in vitro experiments showed that both extracts prolonged(More)
Thrombin is a serine protease that cleaves the peptide bonds in proteins located on the carboxyl side of arginine. Thrombin plays a central role in thromboembolic diseases, which are the major cause of mortality. The aim of the study was to estimate the effects of plant extracts on proteolytic properties of thrombin. Thrombin was incubated with(More)
PURPOSE Numerous studies have suggested that grape seed extract (GSE) confers vascular protection due to the direct effect of its polyphenol content on endothelial cells. The aim of the study was to determine whether GSE confers vascular protection through the direct effect of its polyphenol content on endothelial cells. MATERIAL/METHODS After incubation(More)
Thrombin, also known as an active plasma coagulation factor II, belongs to the family of serine proteases and plays a crucial role in blood coagulation process. The process of thrombin generation is the central event of the hemostatic process and regulates blood coagulant activity. For this reason, thrombin inhibition is key to successful novel(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the autoimmune disease of the central nervous system with complex pathogenesis, different clinical courses and recurrent neurological relapses and/or progression. Despite various scientific papers that focused on early stage of MS, our study targets selective group of late stage secondary progressive MS patients. The presented(More)
Platelet activation is increasingly postulated as a possible component of the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), especially due to the increased risk of cardiovascular events in MS. Arachidonic acid cascade metabolized by cyclooxygenase (COX) is a key pathway of platelet activation. The aim of our study was to investigate the COX-dependent arachidonic(More)
Red cabbage belongs to cruciferous vegetables recognized as a rich source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have a wide range of therapeutic advantages without adverse effects, including cardiovascular protective properties. For development of cardiovascular diseases, platelet activation is crucial; therefore compounds which inhibit platelet activation are(More)
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) remain the principal cause of death in both advanced and developing countries of the world. Blood platelets are involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and thrombosis. Platelet adhesion and aggregation are critical events that occur in unstable coronary syndromes. The current research is focused on the role of(More)
This study was designed to determine and compare the antioxidant effects of synthetic organoselenium compounds. In experimental trials three different diselenides were used: bis(2-hydroxyphenyl) diselenide, bis{[2-(4-hydroxybenzyl)imino]phenyl} diselenide and bis[2-(4-methylphenylsulfonylamino)phenyl] diselenide. The compounds were screened for antioxidant(More)
The blood platelets are crucial for the coagulation physiology to maintain haemostatic balance and are involved in various pathologies such as atherosclerosis and thrombosis. The studies of recent years have shown that anucleated platelets are able to succeed protein synthesis. Additionally, mRNA translation in blood platelets is regulated by miRNA(More)