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1307 patients with suppurative bacterial infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria of different species were treated with specific bacteriophages (BP). BP therapy was highly effective; full recovery was noted in 1123 cases (85.9%). In 134 cases (10.9%) transient improvement was observed and only in 50 cases (3.8%) was BP treatment found to be… (More)
Integrins comprise a large family of alphabeta heterodimeric cell-surface receptors that are found in many animal species. They are expressed on a wide variety of cells. There are two members in the beta3 integrin family: alphaIIb beta3 and alpha(v)beta3. This class of adhesion receptors mediates cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions.… (More)
A growing number of studies suggest that CD4(+)CD25(+) T regulatory (Treg) cells play a significant role to downregulate the immune response to alloantigens. In this study, we investigated the possible influence of immunosuppressive therapy, including cyclosporine (CsA) or rapamycin (sirolimus), on the level of CD4(+)CD25(+), CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+), and… (More)
The number of papers abstracted in Medline that can be accessed with the keyword 'adhesion' has risen approximately 3000-fold over the past 20 years. The intention of a recent symposium was to update current progress in the area of cell adhesion molecules.
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) molecule is an important inhibitor of T-lymphocyte response. Polymorphisms in the CTLA-4 gene have been described to be associated with numerous autoimmune diseases. However, similar studies in solid organ transplantation have been scarce. Therefore, we examined the distribution of three single nucleotide… (More)
We describe bacteriophage therapy in the case of a healthcare worker whose gastrointestinal tract was colonized by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with subsequent urinary tract infection caused by the same pathogen. Oral treatment with anti-MRSA phages resulted in eradication of the carrier status.
From recent articles, we have learned that phages can constitute a promising alternative in the food industry to eliminate bacterial pathogens from seedlings in greenhouse and field environments, as well as from fresh-cut food products. The fruit and vegetable industry requires quite a different approach than the meat or dairy industry. Several factors can… (More)
The frequencies of the HLA-A, -B and -DR were determined in a group of 59 transplant donors who died from subarachnoid haemorrhage within three days following the rupture of intracranial aneurysm (the SAH group) and compared with those of a control group consisting of 389 donors who died from other causes. The only significant difference was in the… (More)