Zsuzsa Réka Varga

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Circulating hormones and local biotransformation of steroid precursors are both sources of estrogen in human mammary tissue. Estrone-3-sulfate (E(1)S) is an important estrogenic form in premenopausal women, and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) constitutes a major adrenal precursor. Membrane transport systems that govern delivery of these anionic(More)
Tuberculosis causes nearly two million deaths per year world-wide. In addition multidrug-resistant mycobacterial strains rapidly emerge so novel therapeutic approaches are needed. Recently, several promising mycobacterial target molecules were identified, which are involved in bacterial or host cell signalling e.g. the serine/threonine protein kinases, PknB(More)
Imatinib (IMT) is a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor, used in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Its strong plasma protein binding was found to belong to the F1*S genetic variant of α(1)-acid glycoprotein (AGP). In this work, comparative AGP binding studies were performed with IMT fragment molecules to reveal(More)
Cyclin Dependent Kinases (CDKs) are important regulators of cell cycle and gene expression. Since an up-to-date review about the pharmacological inhibitors of CDK family (CDK1-10) is not available; therefore in the present paper we briefly summarize the most relevant inhibitors and point out the low number of selective inhibitors. Among CDKs, CDK9 is a(More)
A regioisomer of the known flavanolignan (-)-silandrin (3a), named (-)-isosilandrin (8a), was isolated from the fruits of a white-flowered variant of Silybum marianum L. populated in Hungary. Its structure was established both by spectroscopic methods and total synthesis, and its absolute configuration was determined by means of circular dichroism. This(More)
Glomerular mesangial cells are regarded as specialized smooth muscle cells located within the renal glomeruli and fulfilling important functions in glomerular physiology and pathophysiology. Here, we report that activation of the cyclic AMP signalling pathway by dibutyryl cyclic AMP, forskolin, or the beta 2-adrenergic receptor agonist salbutamol results in(More)
Cardioprotective action of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid in fish and alpha-linolenic acid in plants was demonstrated in primary and secondary clinical trials. Fish oil therapy causes a marked decrease in serum triacylglycerol and very low density lipoprotein levels and increases moderately high density(More)
C4A and C4B are closely related homologous complement proteins encoded in the class III region of major histocompatibility complex (MHC). The regulation of their expression is under genetic and hormonal control. In this study we investigated the synovial fluid plasma ratio of C4A and C4B of rheumatoid (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) patients, and a(More)
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