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Levente Kiss, MD, PhD

Levente Kiss, MD, PhD; assisant professor

Levente Kiss, MD, PhD; assisant professor


Institute of Human Physiology and Clinical Experimental Research

1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 37–47.

Postal Address: 1446 Budapest, Pf. 448

Phone: (+36-1) 210-0306, Fax: (+36-1) 334-3162

Phone extension: 60335

E-mail: Send e-mail


Research Field:

Oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system. Therapeutic potential and mechanism of action of stem cells in ischaemia-reperfusion injuries. The role of gasotransmitters in cardiovascular diseases.



2004. Medical doctor (summa cum laude), Semmelweis University
Title of thesis: “Physiological and clinical significance of vessel wall elasticity”
2009. PhD: Semmelweis University
Title of PhD thesis: “Oxidative stress and the role of downstream pathways in cardiovascular diseases”.



Institute of Human Physiology and Clinical Experimental Research

since 2008: assistant professor
2004–2008: PhD-student


International research experience:

2005. April-June: Trainee assistant at Inotek Pharmaceutical Corporation (Beverly, MA, USA) under the supervision of Csaba Szabó (MD, PhD).
2006. September – 2007. October: Post-Doc fellow at the Department of Surgery of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, NJ, USA) under the supervision of Csaba Szabó (MD, PhD).


Selected Publications:

  1. Dongó E, Hornyák I, Benkő Z, Kiss L: The cardioprotective potential of hydrogen sulfide in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury. Acta Physiol Hung., 2011 Volume 98 (4), pp. 369-381  (IF: 0,821)
  2. Pankotai E, Cselenyák A, Rátosi O, Lőrincz J, Kiss L, Lacza Z: The role of mitochondria in direct cell-to-cell connection dependent rescue of postischemic cardiomyoblasts. Mitochondrion, doi:10.1016/j.mito.2011.09.008, (IF: 3,615)
  3. Kiss L, Benkő R, Kovács E, Szerafin T, Módis K, Szabó C, Lacza Z: Human internal thoracic artery grafts exhibit severe morphological and functional damage and spasmic vasomotion due to oxidative stress. Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jul;17(7):CR411-416.  (IF: 1,699)
  4. Cselenyák A, Pankotai E, Horváth EM, Kiss L, Lacza Z: Mesenchymal stem cells rescue cardiomyoblasts from cell death in an in vitro ischemia model via direct cell-to-cell connections. BMC Cell Biology 2010 Apr 20; 11:29    (IF: 2,464)
  5. Kiss L, Deitch EA, Szabó C: Hydrogen sulfide decreases adenosine triphosphate levels in aortic rings and leads to vasorelaxation via metabolic inhibition. Life Sci., 2008, Oct 24;83(17-18):589-94.  (IF: 2,583)
  6. Elrod JW, Calvert JW, Morrison J, Doeller JE, Kraus DW, Tao L, Jiao X, Scalia R, Kiss L, Szabo C, Kimura H, Chow CW, Lefer DJ.: Hydrogen sulfide attenuates myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury by preservation of mitochondrial function. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Sep 25;104(39):15560-5.    (IF: 9,598)
  7. Kiss L, Chen M,Gerő D, Módis K, Lacza Z, Szabó C: Effects of 7-ketocholesterol on the activity of endothelial poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and on endothelium-dependent relaxant function. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 2006 Dec; 18(6):1113-7.   (IF: 1,854)
  8. Kiss L, Szabó C.: The pathogenesis of diabetic complications: the role of DNA injury and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase activation in peroxynitrit-mediated cytotoxicity. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 2005 Mar;100 Suppl 1:29-37  (IF: 0,847)


Complete list of publications is here.