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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)
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)
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)
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)
Interest in saliva as a diagnostic fluid for monitoring general health and for early diagnosis of disease has increased in the last few years. In particular, efforts have focused on the generation of protein maps of saliva using advanced proteomics technology. Surface-enhanced laser-desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS) is a(More)
A number of amphipathic peptides were tested for their effects on structural and functional properties of isolated rat liver mitochondria. The peptides included the matrix targeting sequence of subunit IV of (yeast) cytochrome c oxidase. Titration experiments in which the mitochondria were incubated with increasing concentrations of the peptides revealed(More)
Although the aetiology of preeclampsia is unknown, there is substantial evidence that it finds its roots in abnormal placentation. Prerequisites for successful placentation include trophoblast invasion, degradation and remodelling of the uterine decidual extracellular matrix, and apoptosis without thrombosis. We tested this hypothesis by analysing the(More)
Cell surface exposure of phosphatidylserine (PS) is shown to be part of normal physiology of skeletal muscle development and to mediate myotube formation. A transient exposure of PS was observed on mouse embryonic myotubes at E13, at a stage of development when primary myotubes are formed. The study of this process in cell cultures of differentiating C2C12(More)