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Immunologic effects of pre- and postnatal polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)/dioxin exposure in Dutch infants from birth to 18 mo of age are explored. The total study group consisted of 207 healthy mother-infant pairs, of which 105 infants were breast-fed and 102 children were bottle-fed. Prenatal PCB exposure was estimated by the PCB sum (PCB congeners 118,(More)
The regulatory mechanisms of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal system were studied in critically ill, intensive care unit patients. Serial measurements of immunoreactive ACTH-(1-39) (ACTHi), cortisol, endothelin-1 (ETi), and atrial natriuretic hormone (ANHi) were performed in blood samples of 18 patients with clinically defined sepsis, 12 critically ill(More)
In patients with septic shock (n = 32), multitrauma (n = 8), and hospitalized matched controls (n = 41), we serially measured serum macrophage inhibitory factor (MIF), cortisol, plasma ACTH, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interleukin-6 (IL-6) immunoreactivity during 14 days or until discharge/death. MIF levels were significantly elevated on day 1 in(More)
During recent years, a rising incidence of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in non-neutropenic critically ill patients has been reported. Critically ill patients are prone to develop disturbances in immunoregulation during their stay in the ICU, which render them more vulnerable for fungal infections. Risk factors such as chronic obstructive pulmonary(More)
Southern blot analysis of T-cell receptor (TCR)-delta gene rearrangements is useful for diagnostic studies on the clonality of lymphoproliferative diseases. We have developed 18 new TCR-delta gene probes by use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques. Application of these probes for detailed analysis of the TCR-delta genes in normal control(More)
A study was done of 309 children seen in two ERs with a first seizure and fever to assess whether meningitis could be recognized using readily available clinical information. Among these children, 23 (7%) cases of meningitis were diagnosed. A group of 69 children with seizures and fever but no meningitis served as controls. Signs from ER examinations that(More)
BACKGROUND Interim FDG-PET is used for treatment tailoring in lymphoma. Deauville response criteria consist of five ordinal categories based on visual comparison of residual tumor uptake to physiological reference uptakes. However, PET-response is a continuum and visual assessments can be distorted by optical illusions. OBJECTIVES With a novel(More)
BACKGROUND Aim of this study was to investigate the long-term endocrine effects of treatment of childhood non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). PATIENTS AND METHODS A single-center cohort of 84 survivors (22 females) was included in this retrospective study. Median age was 21 years (9-40 years) and time after cessation of therapy 12 years (4-30 years). Height,(More)
The rearrangement patterns of Ig and T-cell receptor (TcR) genes were studied by Southern blot analysis in 30 precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias (B-ALLs) and 10 T-ALLs at diagnosis and subsequent relapse. Eight precursor B-ALLs appeared to contain biclonal/oligoclonal Ig heavy-chain (IgH) gene rearrangements at diagnosis. Differences in(More)
Southern blot analysis of immunoglobulin (Ig) and T-cell receptor genes has proven to be important for detection of clonal rearrangements in patients with lymphoproliferative diseases. To improve the detection of clonal Ig heavy-chain (IgH) gene rearrangements, we carefully determined the precise restriction map of the joining (J)H and constant (C)mu region(More)