Aleksey E. Sizikov

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BACKGROUND Since dendritic cells (DC) are involved in the development of autoimmune inflammation, researchers consider DC both as target cells for specific therapy of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and as candidate cells for the development of cell-based methods to treat autoimmune diseases. The development of treatment strategies requires comprehensive research(More)
AIM To assess efficacy and tolerance to anti-B-cell drug rituximab in therapy of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by the data of RF register of this drug. MATERIAL AND METHODS Rituximab was studied in 42 patients with high RA activity. 37 patients received rituximab according to a conventional scheme: 2 intravenous 1000 mg infusions with a 2-week interval. The(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the potential contribution made by autoantibodies against tumour necrosis factor (TNF) to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD We used affinity chromatography methods and a magnetic separation procedure to purify human autoantibodies specific to TNF. The autoantibodies were used as calibration material to determine(More)
We analyzed telomere length of individual chromosomes in peripheral blood lymphocytes of healthy individuals and patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Quantitative fluorescent in situ hybridization and subsequent computer analysis of metaphase chromosomes showed that distribution of telomere length on individual chromosomes is different under normal and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression of TNFα membrane-bound receptors: the percentage of cells expressing these receptors and the number of molecules expressed on different immune cell subsets, and to evaluate serum concentrations of soluble TNFα and its receptors (sTNFRI and sTNFRII) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in acute stage and after(More)
BACKGROUND Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is crucial to providing effective therapy and often hampered by unspecific clinical manifestations. Elevated levels of extracellular circulating DNA (cirDNA) in patients with autoimmune disease were found to be associated with etiopathogenesis. To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate(More)
IL-1β is involved in the induction and maintenance of chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Its activity is regulated and induced by soluble and membrane-bound receptors, respectively. The effectiveness of the cytokine depends not only on the percentage of receptor-positive cells in an immunocompetent subset but also on the density of receptor(More)
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