Anna M Pietrzak

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BACKGROUND There is a great deal of information to suggest that activated T cells play a major role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Less is known about the possible influence of a trigger bacterial antigen on circulating blood cells. The purpose of our study was to analyze the quantity and subpopulations of activated lymphocytes in peripheral blood in(More)
Interleukin (IL)-10 is an important immunoregulatory cytokine with multiple biologic effects on different cell types. This cytokine also affects mast cell development, survival and activity. Mast cells are well known for their role in diverse pathophysiological processes including inflammatory events. Mast cell number in tissues is high and relatively(More)
It is well known that mast cell number increases in local tissues under different pathophysiologic conditions, although the humoral factors that stimulate local mast cell accumulation within tissues are not yet well known. Taking into account that tumor necrosis factor (TNF) influences tissue mast cell activity in various ways, the aim of the present study(More)
AIM To characterize small bowel (SB) tumors detected by capsule endoscopy (CE), and identify missed tumors. METHODS The study included 145 consecutive patients in whom 150 CEs were performed. Following CE, the medical records of the study population were reviewed. Results of double- or single-balloon enteroscopy performed after CE and the results of(More)
The aim of our study was to determine whether some bacterial components as well as some proinflammatory cytokines can affect surface mast cell levels. By the use of flow cytometry technique, we documented that freshly isolated mature rat peritoneal mast cells do express surface TLR2 and TLR4 protein, but not CD14 molecules, and respond to stimulation with(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To establish if serum IL-18 concentration depends on presence of HCV-RNA in serum or in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. To relate serum levels of IL-18 to histological parameters of chronic hepatitis C. METHODOLOGY IL-18 serum concentration was measured by ELISA in 92 patients with chronic hepatitis C (43 serum HCV-RNA positive and 49(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE   There are few data concerning the effect of scaling and root planing on the levels of immune and inflammatory mediators in gingival crevicular fluid from patients with chronic periodontitis. Therefore, in this study the influence of scaling and root planing was determined on amounts of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-8 and MMP-8 in(More)