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The revolution in molecular techniques has allowed dissection of the autoimmune response in a way impossible to imagine 10 yr ago. There have been spectacular advances in our understanding of self-tolerance mechanisms and how these may fail, combined with a detailed comprehension of antigen presentation, functional T cell subsets, and TCR utilization in(More)
BACKGROUND Data on human fetal thyroid function have largely been derived from histologic studies or studies of cord-blood samples obtained at hysterotomy or delivery. These data may not represent true normal values. Cordocentesis (ultrasound-guided blood sampling from the umbilical cord) is a technique that allows investigation of physiologic processes in(More)
This study examined the dynamics of endocytotic and recycling events associated with the GnRH receptor, a unique G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) without the intracellular carboxyl-terminal tail, after agonist stimulation, and investigated the role of beta-arrestin in this process. Subcellular location of fluorescently labeled epitope-tagged GnRH receptors(More)
Thyroid function was studied in fetal blood samples obtained by funipuncture from 49 small for gestational age (SGA) fetuses at 21-38 weeks' gestation. Levels of TSH, thyroxine-binding globulin, thyroxine (T4), free T4, triiodothyronine (T3), and free T3 were compared with those from 62 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) fetuses. Levels of TSH were(More)
Combined segregation and linkage analysis is a powerful technique for modeling linkage to diseases whose etiology is more complex than the effect of a well-described single genetic locus and for investigating the influence of single genes on various aspects of the disease phenotype. Graves disease is familial and is associated with human leukocyte antigen(More)
BACKGROUND Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is a common endocrine cancer and frequently presents with lymph node (LN) metastases. The frequency of LN metastases in the lateral compartment and their surgical removal are poorly defined. There are no prospective randomised controlled trials addressing an eventual outcome difference relating to the extent of the(More)
We have studied the effects of 131I therapy on thyrotrophin binding inhibiting immunoglobulins (TBII) in fifty-five patients with Graves' disease and five patients with toxic multinodular goitre (MNG). A group of forty patients with Graves' disease and four patients with toxic MNG were treated with drugs and acted as controls. In 78% of patients treated(More)
Five separate monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) to human thyroid peroxidase (hTPO) were raised by immunising Balb/c mice with hTPO purified from detergent solubilised thyroid microsomes by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The epitope specificities of these MoAbs were determined by assessing their ability to bind to purified recombinant fusion(More)
We have characterized four murine monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to the extracellular domain of the human TSH receptor (TSH-R.E), the target autoantigen of Graves' disease. Recombinant TSH-R.E used as immunogen, was produced in E. coli as a fusion protein with glutathione-S-transferase or in a baculovirus-insect cell system, as a non-fusion glycoprotein. To(More)