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Human natural killer (NK) cells can be subdivided into different populations based on the relative expression of the surface markers CD16 and CD56. The two major subsets are CD56(bright) CD16(dim/) (-) and CD56(dim) CD16(+), respectively. In this review, we will focus on the CD56(bright) NK cell subset. These cells are numerically in the minority in(More)
BACKGROUND Although 95% of fish-allergic patients are sensitized to the major fish allergen parvalbumin, clinical reactions to different fish species vary considerably in symptoms, intensity and frequency in allergic subjects. This study aimed at the quantification of parvalbumin levels in salmon, trout, cod, carp, mackerel, herring, redfish and tuna. (More)
The gene of the leukocyte-specific transcript (LST1) is encoded within the TNF region of the human MHC. The LST1 gene is constitutively expressed in leukocytes and dendritic cells, and it is characterized by extensive alternative splicing. We identified 7 different LST1 splice variants in PBMC; thus, 14 LST1 splice variants (LST1/A-LST1/N) have been(More)
Regulatory T cells (Treg) are key players in the maintenance of peripheral tolerance. As a result of suppressive effects on CD4+ and CD8+ effector T cells, Treg control the adaptive immune system and prevent autoimmunity. In addition, they inhibit B lymphocytes, dendritic cells, and monocytes/macrophages. It is interesting that several recent papers show(More)
The purpose [corrected] of this study was to investigate the relationship between bipolar disorder and the harm avoidance personality trait (HA), and the genetic contribution of the polymorphic DNA variation T102C in exon 1 of 5-HTR2a (chromosome 13q14-21) in bipolar disorder and HA personality trait. Forty bipolar patients and 89 normal subjects completed(More)
Herein we report the case of a 20-year-old woman who presented with multiple skin ulcers on her legs, severe pansinusitis, and chronic lung disease. She was initially thought to have Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). However, serologic studies indicated an HLA class I deficiency, which was confirmed by flow cytometry. Complementation studies and reverse(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the recognition pattern of bovine serum albumin (BSA), a major dietary protein by serum IgG and IgA antibodies. Anti-BSA IgG and IgA antibodies were measured by ELISA technique in 3 different cohorts: 578 unselected persons, 84 new-onset insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) patients and 103 atopic persons. In(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I deficiency is a rare disease with remarkable clinical and biological heterogeneity. The spectrum of possible manifestations extends from the complete absence of symptoms to life-threatening disease conditions. It is usually diagnosed when HLA class I serological typing is unsuccessful; flow cytometric studies then(More)
Lipocalins represent the most important group of inhalant animal allergens. For some of them, three-dimensional protein structures have been resolved, but their functions are still elusive. Lipocalins generally display a low sequence identity between family members. The characterization of new lipocalin allergens has revealed however that some of them(More)