András Leövey

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The antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity of peripheral lymphocytes from patients with Graves disease was tested using chicken erythrocytes coated with rabbit antichicken red blood cell antibody and labelled with 51Cr. An increased cytotoxic activity was found in untreated Graves disease without ophthalmopathy. The cytotoxic activity was less(More)
The degradation of elastic fibres during atherosclerotic plaque formation in arterial wall is a well known process. The liberated elastin peptides such as K-elastin possess various biological activities: They are chemotactic for monocytes and fibroblasts, stimulate the oxidative burst and the intracellular free Ca2+ mobilisation through the(More)
The body composition of 40 healthy elderly and 20 healthy young subjects was determined and compared. It was found that the age-related changes were more marked in females than in males. Total body water was decreased as a consequence of diminished lean body mass. Extracellular fluid volume remained unchanged, while plasma volume increased. Thus, the liquid(More)
We have investigated the effect of methimazole (MMI) on cell-mediated immunity and ascertained the mechanisms of immunosuppression produced by the drug. Methimazole (greater than or equal to 10(-5) M) produced a dose-dependent inhibition in 'active' (early) rosette formation with sheep red cells and in phytohaemagglutinin (PHA)-induced lymphocyte(More)
The effect of elastin peptides (Kappa-elastin) was investigated on human monocytes. The data presented here indicate that elastin peptides increase the intracellular Ca2+ level measured by Quin 2 fluorescence and mediate the release of beta glucuronidase and elastase. The O2 consumption and H2O2 release were stimulated in a dose-dependent manner. The early(More)
The number of thymus-dependent (T) lymphocytes and the concentrations of antithymocyte-globulin causing 25% inhibition of E-rosetting were determined in 40 cases of Graves disease. No significant difference in T-lymphocyte count was found between the test groups and the control group. An increased resistance of T-lymphocytes to antithymocyte globulin was(More)
The ability of human polymorphonuclear granulocytes and alveolar macrophages from rats to ingestSaccharomyces cerevisiae was tested in vitro in the presence of various concentrations of emetine and libexine. Emetine 4.0 and 40.0 µg/ml caused an increase in the phagocytic index of polymorphonuclear granulocytes and alveolar macrophages. After oral(More)
Twelve patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy (grade 1-6, ATA classification) were treated with Cyclosporin-A, systemically in combination with methylprednisolone. We observed slight or moderate favourable effect in 9 cases. Our data suggest that the benefit was due to the methylprednisolone, the effectivity of which was enhanced by the cyclosporin even in(More)
Serum and granulocyte elastase-type protease activities were determined simultaneously with their main plasma proteinase inhibitors such as alpha-1-antitrypsin and alpha-2-macroglobulin in healthy control and atherosclerotic (ATS) subjects. The age-related associations of these parameters were also investigated. Serum elastase-type protease activity(More)
Changes in the effector functions in polymorphonuclear leucocytes (PMNL), harvested from blood of young and aged healthy subjects of both sexes, were studied. FC gamma-receptor (Fc gamma R)-mediated incorporation of IgG coated 51Cr-HRBC significantly increased in the aged male group, while the phagocytosis of pre-opsonized fungi (Saccharomyces cerevisiae(More)