Anita I van Vliet

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Fibronectin (FN) is an extracellular matrix component which appears in different isoforms, due to alternative mRNA splicing of the ED-A, ED-B, and IIICS regions, and subsequent post-translational modifications. The FN isoforms, some of which occur specifically during fetal development and in fibrogenic diseases, have been reported to play a role in various(More)
In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), T cells isolated from the synovial fluid (SF) show impaired responses to mitogenic stimulation compared with T cells from the peripheral blood (PB). Here it is reported that hyporesponsiveness of SF T cells correlated with a significant decrease in the levels of the intracellular redox-regulating agent glutathione (GSH). GSH(More)
BACKGROUND Glomerulosclerosis is a severe complication of many immunologically-mediated kidney diseases, eventually resulting in loss of renal function. In chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in mice, a model for human lupus nephritis, the end-stage sclerotic lesions were previously shown to contain large amounts of fibronectin (FN). This study(More)
Fibronectin (FN) is the main extracellular matrix component in glomerulosclerotic lesions. There are different FN isoforms that result from alternative splicing at the EDA and EDB regions of FN mRNA. Increased inclusion of EDA and EDB, which can be elicited by TGFbeta, may be conducive to the development of glomerulosclerosis (GS). TGFbeta and IL-4 have(More)
The purpose of this article is to review a set of recently obtained data concerning matrix and matrix adhesion molecules in renal disease. Our goal is not to cover the entire topic, but rather to focus on findings obtained with an experimental model for chronic lupus nephritis, evoked in mice by inducing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The overall aim of(More)
The expression of collagen type IV chains in the renal tubulointerstitium was investigated during the development of chronic serum sickness (CSS) in rats, a model for immune complex-mediated renal disease. Immunohistochemical studies showed increased expression of alpha4(IV) collagen early during disease development, followed by an increase in alpha1(IV)(More)
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