Ramona Pitica

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Adipose tissue displays characteristics of an endocrine organ releasing a number of adipocyte-specific factors known as adipocytokines. It has been recently suggested that adipocytokines may play a role in pathogenesis and progression of certain cancers, in particular in colorectal cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Macrophages are heterogeneous cells with extensive functional plasticity; they can change their functional profiles repeatedly in response to environmental changes anywhere between their extreme phenotypical programs (labeled as M1 and M2 polarization, respectively). In terms of antitumoral immune response, M1 macrophages are considered(More)
Acute Bacterial Meningitis is a medical emergency, which warrants early diagnosis and aggressive therapy, which in most cases must be initiated as an "empirical" treatment. Such an approach needs permanent epidemiological surveillance due to the major variability of the etiological agents depending upon time, geographical areas and demographic(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the perioperative immunological profile in colon cancer patients and possible correlations with disease. To investigate the changes in immune mediators profile induced by tumor resection, we assessed the serum levels of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha), chemokines (MIP-1alpha, MCP-1, ENA-78) and(More)
OBJECTIVE Altered immune, inflammatory, and angiogenesis responses have been noticed in head and neck cancer, and many of these responses have been associated with a poor clinical outcome. The objective of this study was to evaluate several immune mediators in the sera of patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the larynx undergoing curative surgery(More)
CANTASTIM is a second generation bacterial immunomodulator. The aim of this study was to examine the mechanism by which bacterial immunomodulator CANTASTIM induces production of inflammatory cytokines in monocytes/macrophages. Proinflammatory cytokines were induced in PMA-differentiated THP-1 cells by stimulation with TLR agonists and CANTASTIM in the(More)
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