Sylvia Benzaken

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OBJECTIVES Chondrex (YKL-40) is a mammalian member of a protein family that includes bacterial chitinases. The pattern of its expression in certain tissues such as human liver or cartilage suggests a function in remodelling or degradation of extracellular matrix. The purpose of this study was to assess whether circulating YKL-40 might be a serum fibrosis(More)
The host immune responses have been suggested toplay a role in liver injury occurring in patients withchronic hepatitis C. In order to explore therelationship between the relative proportions ofintrahepatic and peripheral blood lymphocytes (IHL, PBL),the levels of viremia, and the histological hepatitisactivity score, three-color(More)
Supernumerary ring and large marker chromosomes are a characteristic of atypical lipomas and well-differentiated liposarcomas (ALP-WDLPS) and are composed of amplified 12q14-15 sequences in association with variable segments from other chromosomes. Although stably transmitted, these chromosomes contain centromeric alterations, showing no detectable(More)
OBJECTIVES Steatosis and metabolic abnormalities seem to be frequent and deleterious in chronic hepatitis C. Changes in glucose homeostasis and in adiponectin levels, an adipokine with anti-inflammatory and insulin-sensitive properties, were evaluated in patients with chronic hepatitis C according to steatosis, liver fibrosis and body mass index. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS There are no available effective therapies for fatigue associated with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). The serotonin antagonist ondansetron has been shown to be effective in the chronic fatigue syndrome. In this randomised, placebo controlled, double blind trial, we investigated the effect of orally administered ondansetron on fatigue in CHC.(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of viral hepatitis C markers and to determine independent risk factors in a population of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS We studied 117 consecutive out-patients (male/female, 53/64; mean age 41 +/- 16 yrs) with ulcerative colitis (43 patients) or Crohn's disease (74 patients). Anti-hepatitis C virus(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the value of serum fibrosis markers for the diagnosis of oesophageal varices in alcoholic patients. METHODS Fifty-four sets of clinical and biochemical data, including serum markers of fibrosis, obtained from 146 heavy alcohol drinkers (106 men, 40 women; mean age 49.2+/-9.0 years) without any history of(More)
After describing two cases of Hashimoto's thyroiditis associated with chronic hepatitis C, we set up a prospective study to assess the prevalence of thyroid autoantibodies (thyroglobulin and thyroid microsomal autoantibodies) in 72 chronic hepatitis C patients (43 men and 29 women; mean age = 51 +/- 2.1 yr) before interferon therapy admitted between January(More)
The phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R1) is the major autoantigen in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. However, the value of anti-PLA2R1 antibody titers in predicting patient outcomes is unknown. Here, we screened serum samples from 50 patients positive for PLA2R1 for immunoreactivity against a series of PLA2R1 deletion mutants covering the extracellular(More)
About 70% of patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN) have autoantibodies to the phospholipase A2 receptor PLA2R1. We screened sera from iMN patients for their cross-reactivity to human (h), rabbit (rb) and mouse (m) PLA2R1 by western blot (WB) and antigen-specific ELISAs. All iMN patients recognized hPLA2R1 and rbPLA2R1 by WB, and a rbPLA2R1(More)