Vera P. Popovic

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Hypoxia-inducible factors are transcription factors controlling energy, iron metabolism, erythropoiesis, and development. When these proteins are dysregulated, they contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer progression. However, mutations in genes encoding α subunits of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF-α) have not previously been identified in any cancer. Here(More)
CONTEXT Obesity is a frequent manifestation of hypothalamic damage from a craniopharyngioma (CP). It is not yet clarified whether the obesity is due to alterations in energy expenditure, i.e. basal metabolic rate (BMR) and physical activity, or to increased energy intake (EI). OBJECTIVE The aim was to investigate whether energy expenditure and EI differed(More)
OBJECTIVE Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a recently identified risk factor for hypopituitarism, particularly growth hormone (GH) and corticotrophins deficiencies. The aim of our study was to identify possible predictor(s) for neuroendocrine dysfunction in SAH survivors. DESIGN Pituitary function was evaluated in 93 patients (30 males, 63 females), aged(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of growth hormone (GH) deficiency in adults is based on provocative testing of GH secretion. The insulin tolerance test (ITT), currently the favoured test for this diagnosis, has been criticised for poor reproducibility and inconvenience. Since the combined administration of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) plus GH-releasing peptide-6(More)
Ghrelin, a recently isolated hormone, seems to participate in the physiological regulation of GH secretion. Exogenously administered ghrelin stimulates GH discharge in all species so far tested including man, but whether this action is exerted at pituitary or alternatively at hypothalamic level is not known at present. To understand the point of ghrelin(More)
CONTEXT Atypical antipsychotics (SGA) have the propensity to induce weight gain. OBJECTIVE The aim was to evaluate early changes in hormones involved in neuroendocrine regulations (serum cortisol, growth hormone and prolactin) and positive energy balance (serum insulin, leptin and ghrelin) during SGA treatment in normal-weight patients with schizophrenia(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of our study was to determine the rate of neoplasms in patients with other pituitary adenomas (non-functioning and prolactinomas) in comparison with acromegaly which is known to favour the development of neoplasia. DESIGN AND PATIENTS We reviewed clinical records for 220 patients with acromegaly, 151 patients with non-functioning(More)
Propofol anaesthesia may reduce postoperative emesis. The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence of emesis after propofol anaesthesia with and without nitrous oxide, compared with thiopentone and halothane anaesthesia, in hospital and up to 24 hr postoperatively, in outpatient paediatric patients after strabismus surgery. Seventy-five ASA class(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that hypopituitarism, in particular GH deficiency, is common among survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) tested several months or yr following head trauma. We present the results of endocrine, neurological, neuropsychological and psychiatric evaluation in a group of 67 patients who suffered TBI at least one yr ago. Our(More)
We report here the case of a 21-year-old woman with a large sellar tumor, extending to the suprasellar area associated with growth hormone deficiency, hypogonadism, hypocorticism, and hyperprolactinemia. Transsphenoidal surgery was performed, and histologic, immunohistochemical, and electron microscopic study lead to the diagnosis of granular cell tumor.(More)