Bjørn Haneberg

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Mucosal surfaces are protected specifically by secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) and SIgM generated through external translocation of locally produced dimeric IgA and pentameric IgM. Their active transport is mediated by the epithelial polymeric Ig receptor (pIgR), also called the transmembrane secretory component. Paracellular passive external transfer of(More)
The soluble branched yeast beta-1,3-D-glucan (SBG) belongs to a group of carbohydrate polymers known to exert potent immunomodulatory effects when administered to animals and humans. A new oral solution of SBG has been developed for local application to the oropharyngeal and oesophageal mucosa in order to strengthen the defence mechanisms against microbial(More)
Indices of calcium and phosphorus metabolism were studied in 3 children with osteopetrosis before and after infusion of bovine parathyroid hormone extract. Basal plasma concentrations of calcium, alkaline phosphatase and 25-hydroxy vitamin D tended to be low. Plasma immunoreactive PTH levels were at the upper normal range in two patients. A marked increase(More)
In the period 1976-84, 211 patients hospitalized with meningococcal disease were examined for possible relation between various epidemiological parameters and fatality. The peak incidences were in the age groups 0-4 and 13-18 years, with teenage girls peaking 2 years ahead of the boys. The overall case fatality rate was 8.5%. In septicemic patients (without(More)
In order study patterns of local antibody responses following mucosal immunization of mice via different routes, a method for collection of secretions directly from mucosal surfaces was developed. Mice were immunized on days 0, 10, 17, and 24 by administration of cholera toxin into the oral cavity, stomach, colon-rectum, or vagina. At sacrifice on day 32,(More)
In a prospective study of 115 patients with systemic meningococcal disease, 61 control patients and 293 population controls, environmental and other factors which preceded the illness and which might have influenced the acquisition and case fatality rate of the meningococcal disease were investigated. Passive smoking in children under 12 year of age,(More)
A nasal vaccine, consisting of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) from group B Neisseria meningitidis, was given to 12 volunteers in the form of nose drops or nasal spray four times at weekly intervals, with a fifth dose 5 months later. Each nasal dose consisted of 250 microg of protein, equivalent to 10 times the intramuscular dose that was administered twice(More)
Serum lactoferrin concentrations were elevated in almost all children with meningococcal septicemia, in whom the disease had been clinically apparent for less than 18 hours, while the concentrations were normal or only moderately elevated in patients who had had the disease longer before being admitted. Concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP) were(More)
Sixty-five healthy adult volunteers were immunized four times at 1-week intervals with an inactivated whole-virus influenza vaccine based on the strain A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1) without adjuvant. The vaccine was administered as nasal spray with a newly developed device to secure intranasal delivery (OptiMist, OptiNose AS, Oslo, Norway), as regular nasal(More)
The clinical and radiological features of a dominant bone disorder found in six members of the same family are described. The bone disorder was mainly characterized by endosteal cortical thickening of long tubular bones and bowing of the weightbearing ones. The clinical symptoms were waddling gait, muscle weakness and leg pains, and there was a tendency to(More)