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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) recommend that a marker of bone formation (serum procollagen type I N propeptide, s-PINP) and a marker of bone resorption (serum C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen, s-CTX) are used as reference analytes for bone(More)
Addition of iron(III)-gluconate complex to isolated rat liver mitochondria resulted in an increased iron content of mitochondria. Iron was accumulated through a relatively fast process (maximal uptake in less than 2 min incubation) by an energy-independent mechanism. The in vitro iron overload of mitochondria was associated with enhancement in the oxygen(More)
The hypothesis that treatment of Gunn rats with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) activates an alternative pathway of bilirubin disposal, involving an induced form of cytochrome P-450 [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 75:682-685 (1978)], has been investigated by studying the mechanisms of bilirubin oxidation in chemical model systems and in liver(More)
The definition of the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence after resection represents a central issue to improve the clinical management of patients. In this study we examined the prognostic relevance of infiltrating immune cell subsets in the tumor (TIL) and in nontumorous (NT) liver (LIL), and the expression of immune-related and(More)
BACKGROUND Automated interpretations systems for anti-nuclear antibody (ANA), anti-double stranded DNA antibody (dsDNAab), and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) assessment by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) have been recently introduced. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of the automated IIF reading system AKLIDES(More)
It has been found that acute ethanol (EtOH) intoxication of rats caused depletion of mitochondrial reduced glutathione (GSH) of approximately 40%. A GSH reduction of similar extent was also observed after the administration to rats of buthionine sulphoximine (BSO), a specific inhibitor of GSH synthesis. Combined treatment with BSO plus EtOH further(More)
IGF-1 decline has been related to age-dependent cognitive impairment and dementia. No study examined IGF-1 levels in subjects with a risk factor for brain damage such as hypertension. We investigated the relationship between IGF-1, cognitive functioning and neuroimaging in a sample of 75 hypertensive elderly subjects aged > 65. Cognitive performance were(More)
BACKGROUND Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients are prone to coronary artery disease (CAD). Fetuin-A inhibits arterial calcification, induces insulin resistance, and is increased in NAFLD. Data on fetuin-A levels in CAD are conflicting. We tried to ascertain whether NAFLD and CAD are associated and if fetuin-A predicts CAD and/or NAFLD. (More)
Glucose intolerance often occurs in liver cirrhosis; therefore a long-term control of plasma glucose levels appears to be important. For this purpose glycated hemoglobin A (HbA1c) determination is proposed as a suitable method, while no data are available on fructosamine test. In 98 cirrhotic patients serum fructosamine and HbA1c levels were compared with(More)
It has been found that addition of iron(III)-gluconate complex to rat liver mitochondria disturbed the mitochondrial Ca2+ transport. Indirect evidence when the changes in the membrane potential during the transport of Ca2+ were followed, as well as direct evidence, when the fluxes of Ca2+ were monitored by a Ca2+-selective electrode, indicated that this(More)