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An association between serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2AR), encoded by HTR2A gene, and major depressive disorder (MDD) has been suggested. Here, we combined preclinical and ecological clinical approaches to explore the impact of impaired 5-HT2AR-mediated transmission on MDD or anxio-depressive-like phenotype in mice. Htr2a knock-out mice (Htr2a(-/-)) and(More)
Pharmacological studies have yielded valuable insights into the role of the serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor in major depressive disorder (MDD) and antidepressant drugs (ADs) response. However, it is still unknown whether genetic variants in the HTR2A gene affect the therapeutic outcome of ADs and the mechanism underlying the regulation of such response(More)
We analyzed lymphocytes of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for the presence of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and HHV-7 DNA. HHV-7 was present in over 80% of CFS patients and healthy controls, while the prevalence of HHV-6 variant A increased significantly in CFS cases (22 versus 4%; P = 0.05).
AIMS To assess the prevalence, clinical characteristics, use of medical resources and quality of life in consecutive patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) hospitalized in a large community hospital during 3 months. METHODS AND RESULTS The study group included 354 patients with CHF, admitted in the Departments of Internal Medicine (97%) and Cardiology.(More)
BACKGROUND Whether the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism can predict antidepressant drug efficacy in depressed patients remains unclear, suggesting that it may depend on antidepressant classes. We assessed the impact of Val66Met polymorphism on antidepressant response and remission depending on antidepressant classes. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE As previous studies have shown a good response of mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) to alpha-interferon (IFN) therapy, we investigated the efficacy and tolerability of two IFN regimens in a group of 36 patients affected by MC. METHODS The patients, diagnosed on the basis of standard clinical and laboratory criteria, were randomly divided into 2(More)
BACKGROUND In a previous paper, we reported on the short-term efficacy of alpha-interferon in the treatment of hepatitis C virus positive mixed cryoglobulinaemia. AIMS We investigated the long-term effects of therapy in a larger group of patients, and the viral and host factors able to influence the response to treatment. METHODS In 27 females and 15(More)
This paper presents Oracle Database Replay, a novel approach to testing changes to the relational database management system component of an information system (software upgrades, hardware changes etc). Database Replay makes it possible to subject a test system to a real production system workload, which helps identify all potential problems before(More)