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In the last decade, apoptosis (or programmed cell death) has become appreciated as an important process in the development of the cardiovascular system. Moreover, apoptosis contributes to the adaptation of the system to the environment. We are at the beginning of understanding its relevance to cardiovascular physiology and pathology. This understanding(More)
INTRODUCTION Phosphatidylserine (PS) externalization is regarded as one of the earliest hallmarks of cells undergoing programmed cell death. We studied the use of labeled human recombinant annexin-V, a protein selectively binding to PS, to detect cardiomyocyte death in an in vivo mouse model of cardiac ischemia and reperfusion (I/R). METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND In-vivo visualisation and quantification of the extent and time-frame of cell death after acute myocardial infarction would be of great interest. We studied in-vivo cell death in the hearts of patients with an acute myocardial infarction using imaging with technetium-99m-labelled annexin-V-a protein that binds to cells undergoing apoptosis. (More)
BACKGROUND Young stroke can have devastating consequences with respect to quality of life, the ability to work, plan or run a family, and participate in social life. Better insight into risk factors and the long-term prognosis is extremely important, especially in young stroke patients with a life expectancy of decades. To date, detailed information on risk(More)
BACKGROUND Annexin A5 is thought to have a role in the pathophysiology of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)-a syndrome characterised by recurrent thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether anti-annexin A5 immunoglobulin (Ig)M or IgG antibodies, or the -1C-->T polymorphism of annexin A5, is a risk factor for thrombosis or(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of C677T methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism in fertile and subfertile males, and the MTHFR-dependent response of sperm concentration after folic acid and/or zinc sulfate intervention. DESIGN Double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention study. Two outpatient fertility clinics and nine midwifery(More)
BACKGROUND Plasmacytoid dendritic cells have been implicated in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis through mechanisms beyond the previously suggested production of type I interferon. METHODS We isolated plasmacytoid dendritic cells from healthy persons and from patients with systemic sclerosis who had distinct clinical phenotypes. We then performed(More)
This systematic review was designed to provide more precise effect estimates of inhibitor development for the various types of F8 gene mutations in patients with severe hemophilia A. The primary outcome was inhibitor development and the secondary outcome was high-titer-inhibitor development. A systematic literature search was performed to include cohort(More)
In this study, large-scale profiling of salivary proteins and peptides ranging from 2 to 100 kDa was demonstrated using surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization-time of flight-mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS). Results show that chip surface type and sample type critically affect the amount and composition of detected salivary proteins. Delayed(More)