Alexandria Voigt

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Interleukin (IL)-17 is one of the critical inflammatory cytokines that plays a direct role in development of Sjögren's syndrome (SjS), a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by a progressive chronic attack against the exocrine glands. The expression levels of IL-17 are correlated with a number of essential clinical parameters such as focus score and(More)
Sjögren's syndrome is a complex autoimmune disease with an array of diverse immunological, genetic and environmental etiologies, making identification of the precise autoimmune mechanism difficult to define. One of the most distinctive aspects of Sjögren's syndrome is the high sexual dimorphism with women affected 10-20 times more than men. It is nearly(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-SSA/Ro60 and anti-SSB/La are essential serological biomarkers for rheumatic diseases, specifically Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Currently, laboratory detection technology and platforms are designed with an emphasis on high-throughput methodology; therefore, the relationship of sensitivity with specificity(More)
Sjögren’s syndrome is a complex autoimmune disease with an array of diverse immunological, genetic and environmental etiologies, making identification of the precise autoimmune mechanism difficult to define. One of the most distinctive aspects of Sjögren’s syndrome is the high sexual dimorphism with women affected 10-20 times more than men. It is nearly(More)
Sjögren's syndrome (SjS) is a complex chronic autoimmune disease of multifactorial etiology that results in eventual loss of secretory function in the exocrine glands. The challenges towards finding a therapeutic prevention or treatment for SjS are due primarily to a lack of understanding in the pathophysiological and clinical progression of the disease. In(More)
The development of Sjögren's syndrome (SjS) is a dynamic and temporal process with a female predilection. Following the initial influx of immune cells, T cell clusters develop, accelerating the pathology in the salivary glands. Proinflammatory cytokines, IFN-γ and IL-17A, produced by T cells contribute synergistically to the disease. In this study, we(More)
Microbes play the most intricate and crucial role in the education of the immune system. Exposure to pathogens elicits specific immune response to clear the infection. After elimination of infectious pathogens, the immune cells undergo apoptosis during the contraction phase, and the remaining cells return to the quiescent memory phase [1]. During the(More)
Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSjS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by sicca (xerophthalmia or xerostomia) symptoms, anti-SS-A (Ro) or anti-SS-B (La) autoantibodies, and lymphocytic infiltrates in the exocrine glands. Disease incidence is estimated to be 0.1-3% of the general population with 0.4-3.1 million individuals in the US with women being nine(More)
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