Stelios Vittorakis

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BACKGROUND Collection of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is a safe, non-invasive method to collect droplets of the airway surface liquid and measure mediators of airway inflammation and oxidative stress, such as cysteinyl-leukotrienes (cys-LTs) and 8-isoprostane. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to investigate baseline values of inflammatory lipid(More)
Upon allergen challenge, DC subsets are recruited to target sites under the influence of chemotactic agents; however, details pertinent to their trafficking remain largely unknown. We investigated the kinetic profiles of blood and skin-infiltrating DC subsets in twelve atopic subjects receiving six weekly intradermal allergen and diluent injections. The(More)
Recent studies have associated osteopontin (OPN) with allergic inflammation; however, its role in human asthma remains unclear. The aim of this study was to measure OPN levels in the serum, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and bronchial tissue of healthy controls and asthmatics, identify cellular sources of OPN and examine possible correlations between(More)
This is a case of a young female who was admitted to our department with fever of one month in duration, without a specific pattern, anemia, lymphadenopathy and weight loss. The initial clinical and radiological evaluation and laboratory tests, although extensive, were unrevealing. The patient's general situation was temporarily improved and she was(More)
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