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Polymorphisms in the promoter regions of cytokine genes may influence prostate cancer (PC) development via regulation of the antitumor immune response and/or pathways of tumor angiogenesis. PC patients (247) and 263 controls were genotyped for interleukin (IL)-1beta-511, IL-8-251, IL-10-1082, tumor necrosis factor-alpha-308, and vascular endothelial growth(More)
The effect of leukocyte-depleting filters on the total and activated leukocyte counts and the expression of surface adhesion molecules CD11b, CD18, and CD62L during the in vitro extracorporeal circulation of human blood was studied. A 200 ml blood sample was taken from 10 patients undergoing CABG surgery. The blood was circulated for 60 minutes within an(More)
OBJECTIVE Leucocyte activation is central to end-organ damage that occurs during cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Exhaled nitric oxide (NO) increases in inflammatory lung conditions and has been proposed as a marker of pulmonary inflammation during CPB. This study examined the effect of leucodepletion on leucocyte activation, pulmonary(More)
Beat-to-beat variability (BTBV) of the fetal heart rate (FHR) is considered an indication of the neural integrity and is an important prognostic indicator of fetal well-being. We report the initial evaluation of a recently developed abdominal fetal ECG (AFECG) mode of FHR monitoring using Adaptive Digital Filtering (ADF) to accurately obtain BTBV(More)
The authors examined the effect of blood temperature within the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit on the efficacy of an arterial line filter. Eighty patients undergoing elective, primary coronary artery bypass grafting under CPB were prospectively randomized in two equal groups. Blood temperature was kept at 35 degrees C in the first group and reduced to(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiopulmonary bypass is associated with a whole body inflammatory reaction. Exhaled nitric oxide increases in inflammatory lung conditions (eg, asthma) in proportion to the severity of inflammation, and has been proposed as a marker of pulmonary inflammation during cardiopulmonary bypass. This study evaluated the effect of arterial line(More)
There has long been an interest in noninvasively monitoring the fetal electrocardiogram (ECG). In the past twenty years a clinical need has developed to monitor the instantaneous fetal heart rate (FHR) and changes in the heart rate from one beat to the next, i.e., beat-to-beat FHR variability as well as an interest in understanding the development of(More)
BACKGROUND Immature platelet fraction (IPF) estimation is a non-invasive and sensitive test that is available on recently introduced Sysmex XN-series of automated haematology analysers. It is a direct cellular indicator of thrombopoiesis. The aim of this study was to establish reference intervals for IPF, for both absolute (A-IPF) and percentage (%-IPF)(More)
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