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Premature atherosclerosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic renal failure (CRF). Endothelial dysfunction is a key early event in atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of CRF on endothelial function using physiological and biochemical measures. To focus on the effect of CRF itself, 23 children (matched with 23(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the resistance to oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) from patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and primary Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) compared with healthy controls. METHODS Plasma LDL were isolated from patients with diffuse cutaneous and limited cutaneous SSc (dcSSc and lcSSc, respectively), patients with primary RP, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Reactive oxygen species have been implicated in the pathogenesis of inflammatory and vascular disease. We have undertaken a controlled trial to evaluate probucol, a synthetic antioxidant, as a potential therapy for Raynaud's phenomenon. METHODS The study cohort included patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc; n = 20), primary Raynaud's phenomenon(More)
Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) inhibits the activity of coagulation factors VIIa and Xa through Kunitz domains, thereby inhibiting the activity of tissue factor. However, it has been shown that the C-terminal of this inhibitor is essential for the maximal anticoagulant activity of TFPI. We have investigated the endogenous ability of the C-terminal(More)
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