Nabila Ben Rejeb

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BACKGROUND The role of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) in the development of atherosclerosis is undergoing debate. AIMS In this prospective study, we sought to explore the role of the CETP Taq1B variant in coronary artery disease risk, and its association with plasma lipid and apolipoprotein concentrations. METHODS DNA was extracted from 316(More)
OBJECTIVE Adiponectin is an adipocyte-derived hormone and an essential modulator of insulin sensitivity. Several studies suggest an important role of adiponectin in the process leading to atherosclerosis, thus indicating the adiponectin gene as a potential candidate for coronary artery disease. Two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the adiponectin(More)
Leptin is a key hormone of weight regulation that modulates food intake. Since the elaboration of the leptin action mechanism, several studies tried to establish the relationship between obesity and the common polymorphisms of leptin (LEP) and leptin receptor (LEPR) genes, but results were controversial. We studied the association of G2548A of the LEP gene(More)
BACKGROUND Studies that considered apolipoprotein B (APOB) gene polymorphisms as risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) have reported conflicting results. We sought to analyze the association between 5' ins/del and 3' VNTR polymorphisms of APOB, lipid parameters and CAD risk. METHODS We recruited 251 patients with CAD, documented by coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ that secretes a number of adipokines, such as adiponectin (ADIPOQ), leptin (LEP), leptin receptor (LEPR), and resistin (RETN) which may be implicated in obesity. Some adipokines' polymorphisms of genes might influence their concentrations and/or activities. Our aim was to study the relationship(More)
Resistin is an adipocyte-secreted cytokine recently discovered and has been proposed as a link between obesity and diabetes. Many resistin gene polymorphisms were described and their implication in obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS) was controversial. Our aim was to study the relationship between four resistin polymorphisms (420C/G, 44G/A, 62G/A, and(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome is highly prevalent in the general population. Small dense low-density lipoprotein (sd-LDL) particles have been considered as a risk marker in metabolic syndrome diagnosis. Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) concentration reflects the number of LDL particles and is closely associated with atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperhomocysteinemia is known as an independent-risk factor for coronary-artery disease (CAD). However, the effect of homocystein metabolic enzymes polymorphisms on CAD is still controversed. We investigated the relation between homocystein metabolic key enzymes polymorphisms, homocystenemia and coronary stenosis in a Tunisian population. (More)
BACKGROUND Recently, elevated liver enzymes have attracted great interest as potential novel markers of cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study was to investigate if there is a relationship between elevated liver enzymes and coronary stenosis associated with metabolic syndrome in a Tunisian population. METHODS We enrolled 192 patients who underwent(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate infantile cryptosporidiosis prevalence in central Tunisia. POPULATION AND METHODS Stool samples from 34,020 immunocompetent children were investigated for oocysts through a 12-year study. RESULTS Cryptotosporidia were detected in 0.32% (108) of samples. Ninety three per cent of children were less than(More)
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