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BACKGROUND Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease associated with abnormal vascular expansion in the papillary dermis. Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α is a proinflammatory cytokine that can induce antiapoptotic proteins and endothelial cell activation factors in psoriasis. OBJECTIVES The present study investigated the effect of the anti-TNF-α(More)
BACKGROUND Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are treated very efficaciously with infliximab, a chimaeric human-murine antitumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α antibody. As we reported earlier, infliximab, besides its anti-inflammatory properties, induces a caspase-independent programmed cell death of psoriatic keratinocytes. OBJECTIVES To elucidate this finding(More)
BACKGROUND For early melanoma diagnosis, experienced dermatologists have an accuracy of 64-80% using clinical diagnostic criteria, usually the ABCD rule, while automated melanoma diagnosis systems are still considered to be experimental and serve as adjuncts to the naked-eye expert prediction. In an attempt to aid in early melanoma diagnosis, we developed(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), a potent inhibitor of normal melanocyte growth, does not significantly suppress growth of melanoma cells. The mechanism of melanocyte desensitization to TGF-beta in the transformation process remains largerly unknown. We investigated whether the tumor promoting phorbol ester 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate(More)
Thirty four sera from: 12 patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), 9 with Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (SCLE) and 13 with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) (disseminatus 3, localised 10) were tested for the presence of: (a) anti-thyroglobulin and anti-microsomal autoantibodies (b) anti-Sm/RNP, anti-doublestranded. DNA (anti-ds. DNA),(More)
Recent genome-wide association studies of many complex diseases have successfully identified novel susceptibility loci, with many of them shared by multiple disease-associated pathways. The genes CD40 and nuclear receptor coactivator 5 (NCOA5), located in a 400-kb region surrounding CD40, have been reported to be associated with increased risk for(More)
Heparin analogues in low doses have antiproliferative and immunomodulatory properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of low-dose enoxaparin administered subcutaneously in lichen planus (LP). Eighteen patients with various types of LP were treated in an open study for 6-13 weeks. Efficacy and safety data were recorded. Complete remission(More)
The aim of this study was to reveal differences in the epidemiology and to identify significant risk factors for cutaneous melanoma (CM) in a relatively dark-skinned, chronically sun-exposed Caucasian population. This group is considered to have a low risk for this tumour. One hundred and ten newly diagnosed patients with primary CM and 110 age- and(More)
We have examined various autoimmunity parameters in AIDS with special emphasis on the expression of pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid antibodies. Sera from healthy seropositive individuals without syphilis (CS-, n = 17), seropositive individuals with syphilis (cs+, n = 11), and patients with AIDS (n = 6) were studied and compared with normal controls (n =(More)