Vasiliki Mitsi

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Regulator of G protein signaling 4 (Rgs4) is a signal transduction protein that controls the function of monoamine, opiate, muscarinic, and other G protein-coupled receptors via interactions with Gα subunits. Rgs4 is expressed in several brain regions involved in mood, movement, cognition, and addiction and is regulated by psychotropic drugs, stress, and(More)
AIM To determine the prevalence of steatosis and steatohepatitis in a series of autopsies in Northwestern Greece. METHODS Liver biopsy material from a total of 600 autopsies performed over a period of 2 years (2006-2008) to define the cause of death was subjected to histological examination. Patient demographic data were also collected. Tissue sections(More)
The striatal protein Regulator of G-protein signaling 9-2 (RGS9-2) plays a key modulatory role in opioid, monoamine, and other G-protein-coupled receptor responses. Here, we use the murine spared-nerve injury model of neuropathic pain to investigate the mechanism by which RGS9-2 in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a brain region involved in mood, reward, and(More)
The midbrain dopamine center comprises a key network for reward, salience, motivation, and mood. Evidence from various clinical and preclinical settings points to the midbrain dopamine circuit as an important modulator of pain perception and pain-induced anxiety and depression. This review summarizes recent findings that shed light to the neuroanatomical,(More)
Concomitant diagnosis of Crohn's disease and juvenile or adult-onset idiopathic arthritis is rare. It is possible that both conditions share some genetic or immunological defects although sufficient data are lacking. We describe herein the first case of a patient with adult-onset Still's disease who was diagnosed on follow up with concomitant Crohn's(More)
e21060 Background: The PI3K pathway is frequently altered in breast cancer (BC) and may contribute to therapeutic resistance and clinical outcome. However, the findings concerning the impact of PIK3CA mutations on BC are controversial. The aim of this study was to characterize the PIK3CA mutations in a cohort of 101 operable BC patients receiving systemic(More)
Regulator of G-protein signaling 9-2 (RGS9-2) is a striatal-enriched signal-transduction modulator known to have a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors following exposure to psychostimulants or opioids. RGS9-2 controls the function of several G-protein-coupled receptors, including dopamine receptor and mu opioid receptor (MOR). We(More)
Neuropathic pain is a complex chronic condition characterized by various sensory, cognitive, and affective symptoms. A large percentage of patients with neuropathic pain are also afflicted with depression and anxiety disorders, a pattern that is also seen in animal models. Furthermore, clinical and preclinical studies indicate that chronic pain corresponds(More)
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