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The Involvement of Nitric Oxide in the Physiopathology of Hepatoportal Sclerosis.
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PMID:  22820432     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background and Aim Hepatoportal sclerosis (HPS) is a clinical syndrome of unspecified etiology depicted by enlarged spleen and portal hypertension in the lack of other chronic liver disease findings, hematological disorders or any infectious disease in the liver. Nitric oxide (NO) molecule has many important functions in human body including phagocytosis in macrophages, neural transmission and endothelial relaxation. Although there is no data in literature that depicts the role of NO in HPS pathogenesis, this study was conducted in order to evaluate the potential role of NO in patients with HPS. Patients and Methods The study participants included 24 HPS patients and 20 healthy controls. The median age of HPS and control patients was 41.2±13.9 and 46.5±12.4years, respectively. NO was predicted as nitric oxide metabolites (NOx) by Griess reaction after transformation of nitrate to nitrite by nitrate reductase using the commercially obtainable Nitric Oxide Assay Kit. RESULTS: Serum NOx levels were 2.69±2.98μmol/L and 0.85±1.05μmol/L for the HPS patients and controls, respectively. Serum NO levels were significantly higher in patients with HPS compared to the control group (p <0.001). ROC curve analysis suggested that the optimum NOx cut-off point for HPS was 1.305 with sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of 83.3%, 90 %, 90.9 %, and 81.8% respectively. CONCLUSION: Circulating NO concentration was notably higher in patients with HPS in comparison to the control group. Our study verified that an elevated level of NO might have a role in the pathogenesis of HPS.
Tugrul Purnak; Yavuz Beyazit; Mehmet Ibis; Seyfettin Koklu; Cumali Efe; Ersan Ozaslan; Aydin Ciftci; Ilyas Tenlik
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-18
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Title:  Clinical biochemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2933     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0133660     Medline TA:  Clin Biochem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
MD, Department of Gastroenterology Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.
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