Sarra Bchir

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This study was aimed to evaluate the oxidant–antioxidant imbalance in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Tunisians. We assessed 16 parameters related to the oxidative status that include malondialdehyde (MDA), total protein carbonyls (PCs), and advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP). We also examined the activity of(More)
Cystic lymphangioma is a rare tumour (6% of benign tumours in children), frequently situated in the cervical or axillary region and exceptionally intraabdominal. It arises due to a congenital defect in the connection of the primary lymphatic channels with the central collecting system. It presents clinically either in the form of a pseudo-appendix or(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) C-1562T and 279R/Q (836G>A) polymorphisms in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Tunisians and to determine their impact on disease progression and airflow obstruction. Pulmonary functional tests were evaluated by body plethysmography.(More)
We studied the nyctohemeral cortisol secretion rhythm and the cortisol response to 1-24 corticotropin during Ramadan in 11 healthy, male volunteers aged 20-35 years. Their response to 250 mg 1-24 corticotropin was investigated 2 weeks before Ramadan by testing daily at 08:00 and 20:00 hours. After 16-22 days of fasting, their cortisol levels were measured(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the role of MMP-1 (-1607 1G/2G; -519 A/G) and MMP-2 (-1306 C/T; -735 C/T) polymorphisms in the development and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Tunisian patients. We also evaluated the impact of these genetic variants on serum levels of the corresponding proteins. The study included 138(More)
A growing body of evidence points towards smoking-related phenotypic differences in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As COPD is associated with systemic inflammation, we determined whether smoking status is related to serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (pro- and active MMP-9), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) and the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to determine the systemic oxidant-antioxidant status in Tunisian patients with asthma. METHODS We evaluated the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) as thiobarbituric acid complexes, total protein carbonyls (PCs) and advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP). The levels of total thiols, protein sulfhydryls, glutathione (GSH),(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to examine the role of G894T (rs1799983), -786T/C (rs3918161) and a 27 bp variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) 4B/4A of NOS3 gene on the risk and severity of COPD. METHODS The study included 194 controls and 138 COPD patients. NOS3 G894T, -786T/C and 4B/4A variants were determined by PCR analysis based on the(More)
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