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The physiological and pathophysiological roles of the central nervous endogenous cannabinoid system are not completely understood, but still represent a challenge in basic neurobiological, cognitive, and psychiatric research. The system has been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Binocular depth inversion, an illusion of visual perception,(More)
The aims of this study were (i) to determine and compare the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and total antioxidant status (TAS) in seminal plasma and sperm parameters of the male partners of patients undergoing IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment and (ii) to establish the relationship between ROS and TAS concentrations(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesised that a combined regimen of clozapine, a relatively weak D2-dopaminergic antagonist, and sulpiride, a selective D2 blocker, would demonstrate a greater antipsychotic efficacy by enhancing the D2 blockade of clozapine. METHOD Twenty-eight people with schizophrenia, previously unresponsive to typical antipsychotics and only(More)
Decreased amplitudes of late components of event-related potentials (ERPs) in schizophrenia were ascribed to either psychotic features or to neuroleptic treatment of the patients. To rule out the drug effect, ERPs to stroboscopic stimuli were recorded in drug-naive schizophrenics and control subjects during no-task and simple-task sessions. Patients had(More)
We determined the presence of antinuclear autoantibodies (ANA), antinative DNA and histone-reactive ANA in 3 groups of chronic schizophrenic patients (n=85): haloperidol-treated patients (for at least 3 months) (n=35), drug-free for at least 3 months (n=35) and neuroleptic-naive patients (n=15). The autoantibody titers were compared with those of healthy(More)
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) having CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ or CD4+ IL-10+ (Tr1) phenotype and capable of inducing anergy towards self- and alloantigens play an important role in autoimmunity, as well as in tolerance of allografts, pregnancy and cancer. Both thymus-derived T CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ natural cells and peripherally-induced T CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ cells prevent(More)
The effects of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were assessed in 19 healthy male volunteers while they performed a visual continuous word recognition task. The study used a double-blind cross-over design. Specifically, word lists were manipulated to contain an equal number of emotionally neutral, negative, and(More)
The acceptance of paternally-derived alloantigens during pregnancy and escape from host immunosurveillance by cancer are based on similar immunological mechanisms. Among them both natural and peripherally-induced T CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ and Tr1 regulatory cells (Tregs) play important role. Interactions of Tregs with other immunocytes including dendritic cells,(More)
This study was undertaken to investigate the pattern of injuries and the management of 28 patients who attempted suicide by jumping from a height. Most of the patients had serious psychiatric disorders. All but two of the patients sustained multiple injuries. The most common injury patterns were fractures of the spine and lower extremities. It was concluded(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the levels of lipid and protein peroxidation markers, in the follicular fluids (FF) of 82 patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). This included, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), protein carbonyl, and thiol groups. The oxidative stress markers were compared between the pregnancy positive and(More)