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OBJECTIVE To prospectively monitor inflammatory activity over a prolonged period in a cohort of Turkish patients with FMF, their healthy relatives and healthy controls and to relate this to their MEFV genotypes. METHODS 43 patients with FMF and 75 of their asymptomatic relatives underwent fortnightly assessments and venesection for measurement of CRP and(More)
Over the past few years there has been a resurgance of interest in the cell cycle. The excitement has mainly been due to the fact that researchers all over the world who had been working on seemingly different processes in yeast, fruit flies, frogs and man have found that many of the processes and individual proteins have been highly conserved. In essence,(More)
Serum amyloid P component (SAP), a highly conserved plasma protein named for its universal presence in amyloid deposits, is the single normal circulating protein that shows specific calcium-dependent binding to DNA and chromatin in physiological conditions. The avid binding of SAP displaces H1-type histones and thereby solubilizes native long chromatin,(More)
BACKGROUND Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS), familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, and neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease, also called chronic, infantile, neurological, cutaneous, and articular syndrome, are three hereditary autoinflammatory syndromes caused by mutations affecting the CIAS1/NALP3 gene on chromosome 1q44. The proinflammatory(More)
Thirty-six patients with multiple myeloma (23 PR1, nine PR2, four stable disease) were entered into a pilot study evaluating the use of CD34+-selected peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation (PBPCT) following high-dose melphalan alone or high-dose melphalan and total body irradiation. Peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPCs) were mobilized with(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is classically an autosomal recessive periodic inflammatory disease occurring in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern populations. It is caused by mutations affecting both alleles of MEFV, a gene that encodes pyrin (marenostrin), an uncharacterized neutrophil protein. Occasional reports of autosomal dominant FMF have often(More)
We investigated the hypothesis that low-penetrance mutations in genes (TNFRSF1A, MEFV and NALP3/CIAS1) associated with hereditary periodic fever syndromes (HPFs) might be risk factors for AA amyloidosis among patients with chronic inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), Crohn's disease, undiagnosed(More)
The retinoblastoma protein (pRB) is thought to act as a tumour suppressor which is inactivated by phosphorylation. In quiescent (G0) cells pRB exists in a hypophosphorylated form (pRB110), but proliferating cells in G1 contain a significant proportion of phosphorylated pRB (pRB112-114). Studies of synchronized or elutriated cells have suggested that the(More)
The cellular transcription factor DRTF1/E2F is implicated in the control of cellular proliferation due to its interaction with key regulators of cell cycle progression, such as the retinoblastoma tumour suppressor gene product, cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases. DRTF1/E2F is a heterodimeric DNA binding activity which arises when a member of two distinct(More)
Patients with hereditary apolipoprotein AI (apoAI) amyloidosis often have extensive visceral amyloid deposits, and many develop end-stage renal failure as young adults. Solid organ transplantation to replace failing organ function in systemic amyloidosis is controversial due to the multisystem and progressive nature of the disease and the risk of recurrence(More)