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BACKGROUND KIR2DS5 gene encodes an activating natural killer cell receptor whose ligand is not known. It was recently reported to affect the outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS In our studies on KIR2DS5 gene associations with human diseases, we compared the frequencies of this gene in patients and relevant(More)
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most frequent primary immunodeficiency syndrome in adults with equal sex prevalence. The syndrome typically presents as recurrent infections, with onset in childhood or young adulthood (between 20 and 30 years). CVID patients also have a higher prevalence of autoimmune diseases. A 38-year-old woman presented to(More)
OBJECTIVES Current studies concentrate on the cytokine network and its role in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis (SpA). In this study, we analyzed whether the serum cytokine profile (interleukins: IL-10, IL-11, IL-12, IL-15, IL-17, IL-23 and IL-33) correlates with demographic data, clinical manifestations, disease activity and treatment outcome in a(More)
BACKGROUND The etiology of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is not fully elucidated. Research continues in determining the mechanisms responsible for initiation of the disease process, its maintenance and development. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of transcription factors STAT (signal transducer and activator of(More)
The objective of the paper was compare the effects and tolerability of combined therapy of multiple intravenous infusions of anti-tumour necrosis factor-alfa (TNF-alfa) monoclonal antibody (Remicade) with methotrexate versus treatment with sodium aurothiomalate and intramuscular depot methylprednisolone in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigate also the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was aimed at monitoring the early and late effects of infliximab on renal proximal function in RA patients treated with methotrexate. N-acetyl-3-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) activity in urine served as an indicator of proximal tubular damage METHODS NAG activity was estimated in 21 patients during the course of treatment with infliximab(More)
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