Vasilios Liakopoulos

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BACKGROUND/AIM Idiopathic membranous nephropathy, the most common cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults, has been traditionally treated with corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs. Ciclosporin A (CsA) is used in resistant cases, but also as a first-line treatment, due to the serious side effects of cytotoxic drugs. In this study, the remission rates of(More)
The peritoneal mesothelium constitutes an ion transport barrier that is taken advantage of in peritoneal dialysis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of epinephrine on the electrical transmesothelial resistance (R(TM)) of the isolated parietal sheep peritoneum by means of Ussing-type chamber experiments. Intact parietal (diaphragmatic)(More)
The peritoneal mesothelium is a barrier to ion transport in peritoneal dialysis. In the present study, we used Ussing chamber experiments to investigate the effect of amiloride on the transmesothelial electrical resistance (R(TM)) of isolated visceral sheep peritoneum. Peritoneal samples from the omentum of adult sheep were isolated directly after the death(More)
Atherosclerosis is by far the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with end stage renal disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis (HD). Vascular endothelial cell adhesion molecules like the intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and the vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) are involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Their(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Insulin resistance is a well-known phenomenon in uremia. Resistin, a recently discovered insulin inhibitor secreted by adipocytes, is associated with obesity and insulin resistance in mice. Adiponectin, also secreted by adipocytes, is known to reduce insulin resistance in humans. The aim of the present study was to address the hypothesis(More)
BACKGROUND Anticardiolipin antibodies (ACA) have been related to an increased incidence of thrombotic episodes and atherosclerosis progression. ACA levels are elevated in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Atheroembolic episodes are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Oxidative stress has been implicated in ACA formation, and it is(More)
Arterial stiffness and augmentation of aortic blood pressure (BP) measured in office are known cardiovascular risk factors in hemodialysis patients. This study examines the prognostic significance of ambulatory brachial BP, central BP, pulse wave velocity (PWV), and heart rate-adjusted augmentation index [AIx(75)] in this population. A total of 170(More)
OBJECTIVE Retinol-binding protein (RBP)-4 was recently identified as an adipokine that induces insulin resistance. In the current study, we investigated RBP-4 serum levels in diabetic and nondiabetic patients on chronic hemodialysis (CD) compared with control subjects with a glomerular filtration rate >50 ml/min. The majority of the diabetic subjects used(More)
_______________________________ Correspondence to: Ioannis Stefanidis, University Hospital of Larissa, Mezourlo, 41111 Larissa, Greece Tel.: 0030-2410-681668, Fax: 0030-2410-284932, email: stefanid@med.uth.gr Hepatitis E Virus Antibodies in Hemodialysis Patients: Epidemiological Survey in Thessalia (central Greece) Ioannis Stefanidis, Eleptheria K. Zervou,(More)