Mirela Budeč

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Since reports on endocrine cells and their kinetics in the corpus of the human stomach are limited, the aim of this study was to examine the appearance, localization, density, and the relationship among the endocrine cell types in the corpus of the human stomach during prenatal and early postnatal development. We examined chromogranin A, somatostatin,(More)
AIMS The present study was designed to investigate a possible role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) in the adrenal response to an acute alcohol administration in female rats. To this end, N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine-methyl ester (L-NAME), a competitive inhibitor of all isoforms of NO synthase, was used. METHODS Adult female Wistar rats showing diestrus Day 1(More)
Psychological stress affects different physiological processes including haematopoiesis. However, erythropoietic effects of chronic psychological stress remain largely unknown. The adult spleen contains a distinct microenvironment favourable for rapid expansion of erythroid progenitors in response to stressful stimuli, and emerging evidence suggests that(More)
Stress evokes an integrated neuroendocrine response perturbing the homeostasis of different physiological systems. In contrast to well established physiologica linteractions between neuroendocrine and immune systems during chronic stress, there has been relatively little information on the effects of psychological stress on erythroid cells. Since(More)
To determine whether an increased level of progesterone in adult female rats after acute ethanol treatment, described previously in our study, is the result of activation of adrenal glands, we analyzed adrenal cortex morphologically and measured serum levels of corticosterone and progesterone in ovariectomized rats. In addition, a possible involvement of(More)
Growth factors play an important role in orchestrating and enabling the cellular responses required for successful wound healing. In the present study, rat surgical incision was used to investigate insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) expression in skin cells as well as its systemic and cutaneous tissue concentrations during acute phase of wound healing.(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the possible pathological changes of the trigeminal vasculature in patients with neuralgia. BACKGROUND Such a study has never been performed before. The alterations of the trigeminal vessels could have important pathophysiological implications in the trigeminal neuralgia pathogenesis. METHODS The biopsy specimens for the(More)
Alcohol is a known suppressant of the immune system and alcoholics frequently have impaired humoral and cell-mediated immunity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a single dose of ethanol on the thymus and the possible mechanism of its action. Adult female Wistar rats were divided into three groups which were treated with: (a)(More)
To investigate the acute effect of ethanol (4 g/kg, i.p.) on spleen adult female Wistar rats were treated intraperitoneally with: a) ethanol (4 g/kg body wt), b) naltrexone (5 mg/kg body wt) followed 45 minutes later by ethanol (4 g/kg body wt) and c) naltrexone (5 mg/kg body wt) alone. Untreated and saline-treated rats were used as controls. Twenty hours(More)
The pancreas appears to be a major source of ghrelin during fetal development, but the ontogeny of ghrelin cells in the human pancreas and their developmental relationship with α- and β-cells remain largely unknown. In the present study, we examined the dynamics of ghrelin cell growth, colocalization of ghrelin with major pancreatic hormones and defined the(More)