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T-lymphocyte migration into tissues requires focal degradation of the basement membrane. In this study, we show that transient adherence to fibronectin induces the production of activated forms of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9, as well as downregulation of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) by T-cell lines. MMP-2 activation was(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate proinflammatory cytokine expression in temporal arteries from patients with giant-cell arteritis (GCA) and to analyse its relationship with the intensity of the initial systemic inflammatory reaction and response to corticosteroid therapy. METHODS Quantification of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), tumor necrosis factor alpha(More)
BACKGROUND ICAM-3 has been recently identified as the third leukocyte-function associated-1 (LFA-1) ligand. ICAM-3 is expressed in eosinophils, but its regulation has not been studied. The objective of this study was to investigate the differential expression of ICAM-3 and other adhesion molecules (AM) on the surface of eosinophils. We also evaluated the(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with giant-cell arteritis (GCA) usually respond dramatically to corticosteroid treatment. However, recurrences are frequent and corticosteroid requirements are highly variable among patients. The aim of our study was to identify genes potentially involved in disease persistence. METHODS Gene expression was explored with cDNA arrays in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether changes in concentrations of circulating adhesion molecules are related to disease activity in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS A sandwich ELISA was used to measure soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), sICAM-3, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1), E-selectin (sE-selectin), and(More)
CD84, a new member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, shows high homology with several molecules belonging to the CD2 family of differentiation antigens. By screening a peripheral blood leukocyte cDNA library four CD84 isoforms were obtained differing in their 3' sequence. A reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis confirmed that(More)
The leukocyte differentiation antigen CD50 (intercellular adhesion molecule-3, ICAM-3), mediates cell-cell adhesion through its ligand LFA-1 and is a transducting receptor molecule during T-cell activation. Since CD50 homologues in other species have not yet been identified, the role of this molecule can only be analyzed in human cell models. Thus, to(More)
CD148 is a new cluster of differentiation defined in the VI International Workshop on Leucocyte Differentiation Antigens. It has been identified as the hematopoietic form of a formerly described membrane protein tyrosine phosphatase called HPTP eta/ DEP-1. Previous data have demonstrated that this molecule is able to give rise to [Ca2+]i increase. In the(More)
The systemic vasculitides include a group of diseases with highly heterogeneous organ distribution and disease expression patterns. The mechanisms mediating tissue targeting in systemic vasculitis are largely unknown. Mechanical forces may contribute to the distribution of lesions in immune complex-mediated vasculitis. The site at which the antigen is(More)