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Dysbalanced production of inflammatory cytokines is involved in immunosenescence in aging. The age-related changes of the levels of circulating inflammatory mediators and their clinical importance have not been investigated until recently. Still, little is known about the influence of aging on circulating levels of many cytokines, chemokines, growth(More)
Using an enzyme immunoassay (ELISA), we measured serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) concentration in 128 schizophrenic patients (24 of whom were never medicated) and in 110 normal control subjects. Mean serum IL-6 concentration was significantly higher in the schizophrenic patients as compared with the control subjects (p = 0.009). Comparisons within the patient(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB), a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, is the most common extracranial solid tumor in children. NB-derived gangliosides inhibit the functional activity of T and natural killer cells, contribute to tumor-induced bone marrow suppression, and cause multiple alterations of hematopoiesis, resulting in pancytopenia. However, the role of(More)
The complexity of the tumor immunoenvironment is underscored by the emergence and discovery of different subsets of immune effectors and regulatory cells. Tumor-induced polarization of immune cell differentiation and function makes this unique environment even more intricate and variable. Dendritic cells (DCs) represent a special group of cells that display(More)
Analysis of dopamine receptors (DR) in lymphocytes of the human peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) fraction is an attractive tool for evaluation of functional properties of dopaminergic function underlying variation in complex psychological/psychopathological traits. Receptor binding assays (RBAs) with selective radioligands, which are widely used in(More)
Serum concentrations of anti-hippocampal antibodies and in vitro production of the lymphokine interleukin-2 (IL-2) in response to phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) stimulation were determined using an enzyme immunoassay in 49 schizophrenic patients and 41 healthy controls. Decrease in IL-2 production, a finding frequently associated with many autoimmune diseases,(More)
BACKGROUND We have recently reported that chemotherapeutic agents in ultra low noncytotoxic concentrations may block the ability of tumor cells to suppress functional activation of dendritic cells (DCs). METHODS HCT-116 human colon cancer cells were treated with 0.5 nM paclitaxel (PAC) or 2 nM doxorubicin (DOX) with the aim of defining the immunogenic(More)
During the last decades, changes have been observed in the frequency of different histologic subtypes of lung cancer, one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality, with a declining proportion of squamous cell carcinomas and an increasing proportion of adenocarcinomas, particularly in developed countries. This suggests the emergence of new(More)
Tumor produces a number of immunosuppressive factors that block maturation of dendritic cells (DCs). Here, we demonstrated that endogenous factors presented in the serum of patients with prostate cancer (CaP) inhibited the generation of functionally active DCs from CD14+ monocytes in vitro. We have shown a significant inhibitory potential of serum obtained(More)
Breast and kidney-expressed chemokine (BRAK) CXCL14 is a new CXC chemokine with unknown function and receptor selectivity. The majority of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and some cervical squamous cell carcinoma do not express CXCL14 mRNA, as opposed to constitutive expression by normal oral squamous epithelium. In this study, we demonstrate(More)