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INTRODUCTION The aim of the study was to examine the frequency of methylation status in promoter regions of p16 and DAPK genes in patients with non-invasive bladder cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-two patients (92.9% men, 73.8% smokers, 71.4% T1G1, 19.1% T1G2, 9.5% T1G3) and 36 healthy controls were studied. Isolation of genomic DNA from blood serum(More)
Male Wistar rats were exposed to pseudocumene vapors at nominal concentration of 25, 100 or 250 ppm in the dynamic inhalation chambers for 6 h or 4 weeks (6 h/day; 5 days/week). Following the inhalation exposure, pseudocumene concentrations were estimated in the brain, liver and lung homogenates, as well as in the brain (brainstem, hippocampus, temporal(More)
The metabolism of oxygen in aerobic organisms leads to generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These entities are able to oxidize almost all classes of macromolecules, including proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. The physiological level of ROS is usually regulated by antioxidant defense mechanisms. There are at least three groups of antioxidant(More)
The aim of the study was to determine blood concentration of essential trace elements (Se, Zn, Cu) and toxic metals (Pb, Cd), markers of antioxidant (activities of glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxidase dismutase and ceruloplasmin) and prooxidant processes (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS)) in workers exposed to Pb and Cd. Forty three(More)
INTRODUCTION Selenium and zinc are indispensable microelements for normal functioning and development of the human body. They are cofactors of many enzymes of the antioxidative barrier (selenium - glutathione peroxidase; zinc - superoxide dismutase). The aim of the study was to evaluate the importance of selenium and zinc in the pathogenesis of food allergy(More)
The most commonly used methods for assessing the selenium (Se) status in humans involve analysis of Se concentration, selenoprotein activity, and concentration in the blood and its compartments. Recently, it has been suggested that the expression of selenoprotein mRNA in circulating blood leukocytes could differently reflect Se status, due to prioritization(More)
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased incidence of cancer. It is well known that long periods of hemodialysis (HD) treatment are linked to DNA damage due to oxidative stress. In this study, we examined the effect of selenium (Se) supplementation to CKD patients on HD on the prevention of oxidative DNA damage in white blood cells.(More)
Study Objective: The aim of this study was to test a panel of 6 reference genes in order to identify and validate the most suitable reference genes for expression studies in paired healthy and non-small cell lung cancer tissues. Method: Quantitative real-time PCR followed by the NormFinder-and geNorm-based analysis was employed. The study involved 21(More)
BACKGROUND Low concentrations of selenium (Se) in humans have been associated with risk of cancer. Selenoprotein mRNAs can potentially be regulated by Se status. METHODS Se status, GPx1 Pro198Leu and Sep15 1125G/A genetic polymorphism and human (h)GPx1, hGPx3, hSep15 and hSeP1 transcript levels in peripheral leukocytes of 33 males with bladder cancer and(More)