Cezary Kowalewski

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BACKGROUND Serologic diagnosis of autoimmune blistering disease (AIBD) usually follows a sophisticated multistep algorithm. OBJECTIVE We sought validation of a multivariant enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in the routine diagnosis of AIBD. METHODS The multivariant ELISA comprising 6 recombinant immunodominant forms of major AIBD target(More)
BACKGROUND Pemphigus encompasses a group of life-threatening autoimmune bullous diseases characterized by blisters and erosions of the mucous membranes and skin. Before the era of immunosuppressive treatment, the prognosis of pemphigus was almost fatal. Due to its rarity, only few prospective controlled therapeutic trials are available. OBJECTIVES For(More)
BACKGROUND Lipoid proteinosis is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by deposition of hyaline-like material in several organs, including skin. Pathogenic mutations have been found in the extracellular matrix protein 1 gene (ECM1). Recent studies have disclosed that ECM1 is also a target antigen for autoantibodies in patients with the acquired(More)
ABC transporters pump out from cells a large number of endo- and xenobiotics including signal molecules and toxins; they are molecular markers of stem/progenitor cells as well. Here, we present the study of temporal/spatial patterns of Abcb1 isoforms and Abcg2 transporter expression and efflux activity in pre- and early postimplantation murine embryos. We(More)
Mutation analysis in keratins 5/14 (K5/14) had been performed in five Polish families with epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) to extend genotype-phenotype correlation and to add to the mutation database. All the patients had been clinically classified into two subtypes of EBS; Weber-Cockayne (EBS-WC) and Dowling-Meara (EBS-DM) as well as one case of EBS(More)
Pemphigus is a severe autoimmune disease characterized by circulating and bound in vivo pemphigus autoantibodies. It was revealed that the autoantibodies occur in healthy first-degree relatives of pemphigus patients; however, their significance is not fully elucidated. Thus, the aim of the study was to assess the frequency of circulating IgG pemphigus(More)