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BACKGROUND CD40 belongs to the tumor necrosis factor receptor family and its ligation is a central event in major inflammatory and immune reactions. We have previously demonstrated that CD40 ligation upregulates the secretion of mononuclear chemokines from peritoneal mesothelial cells (PMC), and that blocking the CD40 ligand (CD154) reduced the mononuclear(More)
Benign hereditary chorea (BHC) is a rare autosomal dominant nonprogressive movement disorder. In some cases the phenotype includes, besides choreoathetosis, thyroid dysfunction and pulmonary infections in infancy, as expressed by the name "Brain-Thyroid-Lung syndrome". Mutations in the thyroid transcription factor-1 (TITF-1) gene have been identified in(More)
Essential tremor (ET) is much more prevalent than Parkinson's disease (PD) in Western countries. We estimated ET and PD prevalence in Wadi Ara Arabic villages in Northern Israel. In this door-to-door survey, all consenting residents aged >or=65 years were systematically examined by an Arabic speaking team. No prescreening questionnaires were used. A random(More)
Friedreich ataxia is an inherited disorder characterized by degeneration of the peripheral and central nervous system and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Homozygous mutations in the frataxine (FXN) gene reduce expression of frataxin and cause accumulation of iron in the mitochondria. Deferiprone, an oral iron chelator, has been shown effective in cell and(More)
T cells are an important part of the acquired immune response and target specific antigen with their T cell receptor. The peritoneum is a special milieu within which T cells react. We describe briefly the anatomy important for T cell function. T cell biology including antigen presentation, T cell activation, and the different T cell subpopulations are(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Intracranial hypertension develops in only some patients with lateral sinus thrombosis (LST), for reasons that are unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a possible association between patency of the unaffected sinus and clinical presentation of unilateral LST. METHODS A computerized search identified patients with LST,(More)
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