E. Swierczewski

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BACKGROUND Allergic asthma is a multifactorial and probably multigenic inflammatory disease of the upper airways, and has been associated with the HLA class II alleles DR4 and DR7. Here we investigated possible associations with other polymorphic susceptibility/resistance genes located within the major histocompatibility complex, i.e., the genes coding the(More)
Using a density gradient medium (Percoll) we succeeded in isolating homogeneous cell populations from the stromal-vascular fraction of the inguinal tissue of 3-day-old rats. In primary culture, in medium 199 supplemented with 10% fetal calf serum and 5.5 mM glucose, almost complete differentiation (90%) of these fractions was obtained for the first time in(More)
In preadipose cellular fractions (I, II and III) isolated by density gradient centrifugation from the inguinal tissue of young rats, we followed the activity of fatty acid synthetase, ATP citrate lyase and lipoprotein lipase during differentiation in culture. 1.5 nM insulin when added at confluence markedly induced the activity of ATP citrate lyase and(More)
A bi-allelic polymorphism found in the regulatory region of the human heat shock (HS) protein (HSP) hsp70-1 gene, which comprises an A→C transversion, 3 bp upstream of the HS element (HSE), has been associated with extended HLA haplotypes. In view of the chaperoning and protective functions of Hsp70, we investigated whether this hsp70-1 bi-allelic(More)
BACKGROUND In some geographic areas birch pollen represents the most prominent cause for airborne allergic diseases. Up to 70% of patients allergic to birch pollen are hypersensitive to fruits, especially apples. Associations have been found, in some instances, with a sensitivity to aeroallergens and HLA class II genes. OBJECTIVES We investigated whether(More)
We describe a rapid and reliable micromethod for DNA isolation from buccal epithelial cells from the interior mouth mucosa. This convenient, noninvasive method could be applied to genetic typing in a small number of cells (about 2000 cells per cheek). We have shown that DNA released by this method is suitable for further amplification by polymerase chain(More)
BACKGROUND Atopy, with or without associated asthma, provides a useful model for evaluating the genetic factors that control human immune responsiveness. HLA class II gene products are involved in the control of immune responses. OBJECTIVES We investigated whether susceptibility or resistance to the disease was associated with HLA class II genes. (More)