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OBJECTIVE Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by granulomas. Although the aetiology is unknown, sarcoidosis is thought to be mediated by Th1 lymphocytes. Recently, IL-17A has been implicated in granuloma formation in various diseases, including tuberculosis. Therefore, we hypothesized that Th17 cells play a role in sarcoidosis,(More)
A randomized double-blind study lasting 2 months was performed with either 25 mg captopril twice a day or 50 mg atenolol once a day in 125 patients with established diastolic hypertension (diastolic blood pressure greater than 95 mmHg) identified during a population screening programme of subjects aged less than 65 years. Quality of life was assessed from(More)
BACKGROUND Impaired regulatory T cell (Treg) function is thought to contribute to ongoing inflammatory responses in sarcoidosis, but underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Moreover, it is not known if increased apoptotic susceptibility of Tregs may contribute to an impaired immunosuppressive function in sarcoidosis. Therefore, the aim of this study is to(More)
BACKGROUND Dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in linking the innate and adaptive immune response and have been implicated in a variety of pulmonary diseases. Currently, studies on the role of DCs are limited by difficulties in isolating DCs from the lung. Surgical lung specimens are not readily available and purification of DCs from digested lung(More)