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Sphingolipids (SLs) are a class of lipids, which are structural cell components involved in the regulation of cellular processes such as cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and inflammation. Dietary SLs are enzymatically hydrolyzed in the gut lumen into metabolites, namely ceramides and sphingoid bases. The(More)
OBJECTIVES Clostridium difficile is the etiological agent of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis and is a leading cause of nosocomial diarrhea. The objective of the study was to examine if leukocytosis could be a harbinger and surrogate marker of C. difficile infection in hospitalized patients. METHODS We retrospectively examined(More)
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