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STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the value of the level of anti-topoisomerase I (anti-topo I) to evaluate lung involvement defined by abnormal high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) score and pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in systemic sclerosis (SS). PATIENTS Forty-eight patients with SS, 20 with lung involvement and 28 with no lung involvement. DESIGN(More)
Pharmacokinetic studies of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies necessitate the measurement of their biologically active fraction. The aim of this work was to develop an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, based on its binding to a 20-mer peptide (P20) derived from the extracellular loop of human(More)
In order to investigate whether deficient immunoglobulin production in common variable immunodeficiency (CVI) patients was related to defective T cells functions, phenotype and proliferative responses to mitogen of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were investigated in 9 patients with CVI. The results were compared to those of 12 age- and(More)
Choriocarcinoma cells (CC) in vitro are resistant to NK lysis but sensitive to lysis by blood or decidual effectors activated by interleukin-2 (IL-2). Because lytic activity requires a step of adhesion, the adhesive properties of the choriocarcinoma cells BeWo, JEG-3, and JAR were examined functionally toward peripheral blood lymphocytes. The adhesion of(More)
We have previously described the purification procedure for syncytiotrophoblast plasma membranes (STPM) and have now studied their immunomodulatory properties on the in vitro cytotoxic assays of generated cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer cells (NK). STPM inhibited the cytolytic activities of CTL and NK against their target cells, whereas RBC(More)
The effects of syncytiotrophoblast plasma membrane vesicles (STPM) on stimulated Jurkat leukemic T cells have been investigated. STPM inhibited IL-2 production and the expression of protein P55 of the IL-2 receptor (IL-2R P55), when Jurkat cells were stimulated by a combination of calcium ionophore A23187 (CaI) + phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA). STPM(More)
A purification procedure of synctiotrophoblast plasma membrane (STPM) has previously been described. We now report a further characterization of their associated components. By immunochemical analysis two groups of proteins were found. The first fraction solubilized by chaotrope treatment was made up with a complex of IgG, albumin, transferrin and(More)