Zulfikar Polat

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OBJECTIVES Galectin-3 might serve as a biomarker of human metabolic alterations. We measured serum levels of galectin-3 in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and examined their association with clinical and histological phenotypes. DESIGN AND METHODS Serum levels of galectin-3 were assayed in 71 patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD and 39(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated progranulin levels are associated with visceral obesity, elevated plasma glucose, and dyslipidemia. Progranulin has not been previously investigated as a biomarker of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We sought to determine whether serum progranulin levels are altered in patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD and if they are(More)
OBJECTIVE Fatty pancreas (FP) is related to obesity, and may have some clinical implications on glucose metabolism. The frequency and importance of FP in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are not clear. This study aimed to investigate: the frequency of FP in patients with NASH, and its effects on serum glucose parameters. METHODS FP was(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an auto-inflammatory disorder characterized by febrile attacks. Increased acute-phase reactants are characteristic during febrile attacks. Ghrelin is a natural G-protein that decreases secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and acts as anti-inflammatory agent. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is(More)
BACKGROUND There is an important concern about the success of standard triple treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in recent years. Better eradication rates have been reported with sequential treatment in current studies. This study aimed to compare the success of a novel levofloxacin-containing sequential regimen with standard triple therapy. (More)
Introduction. Ingestion of corrosive substances may lead to stricture formation in esophagus as a late complication. Full thickness injury seems to exterminate tissue stem cells of esophagus. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into specific cell lineages and have the capacity of homing in sites of injury. Aim and Methods. We aimed to(More)
Although Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been identified in heterotopic gastric mucosa of Meckel’s diverticulum, controversial results are reported in the pertinent literature. The aim of this study was to evaluate for the presence of H. pylori histologically using hematoxylin–eosin and Toluidine Blue in Meckel’s diverticulum and by real-time TaqMan(More)
BACKGROUND A number of different therapies, including endoscopic resection, have been suggested for the treatment of Type 1 gastric neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). The current study aimed to determine the long-term efficacy of endoscopic resection for Type 1 gastric NETs. METHODS Twenty-two patients (from 1999 to 2012) with Type 1 gastric NETs were included(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori eradication rates have tended to decrease recently, mostly due to antibiotic resistance. In the present study, our aim was to determine Hp eradication rate with the LAC plus tid metronidazole regimen and the secondary objective of this study was to identify an effective regimen for our population. METHODS Eighty-four(More)