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HLA-F is currently the most enigmatic of the human MHC-encoded class Ib genes. We have investigated the expression of HLA-F using a specific Ab raised against a synthetic peptide corresponding to amino acids 61-84 in the alpha1 domain of the predicted HLA-F protein. HLA-F is expressed as a beta2-microglobulin-associated, 42-kDa protein that shows a… (More)
The propensity of complement to damage self is controlled by expression of regulatory proteins. Recent results demonstrate that deleting just one of these regulators in mice causes complement to attack and destroy the embryo. These findings may have relevance to human pregnancy.
The Wilms' tumour is a solid childhood tumour of the kidney, consisting of blastema, tubules and mesenchyme. Embryonic tumours, such as Wilms', may arise as a result of a developmental disturbance in differentiation. The expression of class I and II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens was investigated on 6 Wilms' tumours and related to that in… (More)
BACKGROUND Worldwide, the use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing as a screen for prostate cancer is contentious. Whilst there is no National UK Screening programme, many men undergo opportunistic screening. This study investigates UK urologist's usage of PSA and the awareness surrounding the Department of Health (DoH) PSA guidelines. METHODS… (More)
BACKGROUND Follicular aspirates represent a snapshot in time of conditions within the follicle at oocyte retrieval in women undergoing in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. This clinical material has been much investigated and yet its cellular composition remains unclear. In this study we investigated the origin and profile of leukocytes found within… (More)
BACKGROUND Epithelial cells in first catch urine (FCU) specimens from 87 men with and without urethritis were quantified. Epithelial cells were broadly categorised into transitional and squamous populations using morphological characteristics and immunostaining with anti-pan leukocyte and anti-cytokeratin monoclonal antibodies. FINDINGS The majority… (More)
Reactivity of the monoclonal antibody 791T/36 with secondary malignant deposits has been investigated in frozen sections of 74 human liver biopsy specimens. There was no reactivity with hepatocytes but in some instances binding to fibrous tissues and in one case to portal tract lymphocytes was observed. Sections from 9 biopsy specimens contained malignant… (More)