Sándor Szűcs

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BACKGROUND The burden of alcohol-related diseases differs widely among countries. Since the 1980s, a band of countries in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced a steep rise in deaths from chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis. A possible risk factor is the consumption of illegally produced home-made spirits in these countries containing varying amounts(More)
Besides flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy combined with computerized image analysis offers an alternative tool for assessing phagocyte oxidant generation at the single-cell level. This technique provides an opportunity for the direct visualization of cells and simultaneous measurement of cellular fluorescence intensity. Thus, we developed a simple(More)
AIM To identify the composition of illegal and surrogate alcohol products consumed in Estonia. METHODS The initial source of information was a series of visits made in August 2005 to a soup kitchen in central Tartu, Estonia. Individuals were asked for brief details of their personal circumstances, what they normally drank, and in addition they were asked(More)
Exposure to styrene, toluene, and xylene (STX) frequently occurs in various industrial settings leading to several adverse health effects. Therefore, the biological monitoring by determination of urinary mandelic acid (MA) and phenylglyoxylic acid (PGA), hippuric acid (HA), and 2-, 3-, and 4-methylhippuric acids (2-, 3-, and 4-MHAs), the metabolites of STX,(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure superoxide anion production of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) in 58 gynecologic cancer patients and compare to that of healthy controls. METHODS PMNLs were separated from peripheral blood samples by Ficoll and subsequent Percoll gradient sedimentation. Baseline and phorbol-dibutyrate (100 nmol/l) stimulated superoxide anion(More)
Besides its traditional role in hemostasis, factor XIII subunit A (FXIII-A) is supposed to function as a cellular transglutaminase and to be involved in certain intracellular processes, including cytoskeletal remodeling. To investigate its intracellular role, the aim of the present study was to follow changes in FXIII-A production in combination with the(More)
Data on the respiratory burst activity of granulocytes from healthy and preeclamptic women have remained contradictory. To investigate the role of reactive oxygen species in the etiology of preeclampsia we measured superoxide anion generation by granulocytes from non-pregnant, healthy, and preeclamptic women. We also examined the reciprocal effects of(More)
Neutrophil granulocytes and monocytes have been intensively studied, but there is no scientific data on one of their most important functions, namely the phagocyte function in pregnancy and preeclampsia. The aim of this study was to examine this function. Twenty-five healthy pregnant, 25 preeclamptic pregnant, and 20 healthy, non-pregnant women were(More)
In human neutrophils (PMNLs) we found that in the elderly IP3 formation was significantly decreased compared to that of young subjects. For FMLP receptor binding affinity and number no measurable differences occurred upon ageing, studying both the low or the high affinity receptors. The amount of ADP-ribosylated G proteins, catalysed by pertussis toxin (PT)(More)
BACKGROUND In current medical science the reactive oxygen intermediates play an ever more important role. METHODS The authors analysed superoxide anion production of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) in 30 blood samples from endometrial carcinoma patients. They measured it before the complex treatment and in nine cases at least 1 year after finishing(More)