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Immunosuppression is often identified in cancer patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate several immune parameters for patients with breast and lung cancer. Immunophenotyping analysis showed that the cancer patients investigated had significantly lower absolute numbers of peripheral blood lymphocytes than controls. The immunosuppression was more(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) was involved in inflammation and immune system dysfunctions. Besides immunologic abnormalities, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) also presents chronic inflammatory components. Therefore, a role of MMP-9 in SLE pathology might be supposed. To verify this hypothesis, SLE patients and healthy donors were compared for the(More)
The goal of our study was to analyse the prognostic values for some matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in breast cancer. We evaluated the activity and the expression levels of MMP-9, MMP-2, TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 in malignant versus benign fresh breast tumor extracts. For this purpose, gelatinzymography,(More)
It is a well known fact that during the course of RA and rA, due to some cellular and molecular mechanisms, a number of proteolytic enzymes and membranal phospholipases are either activated or their concentration rises significantly. With this aim in view in the present work we have aimed to investigate if, in an inflammatory process associated to RA and(More)
The cells of immune system such as monocytes and macrophages are in first line defence against dangerous signals. In the present paper the recognition of Dectin 1 receptors and the modulation of Interleukin-10 (IL-10) and Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) cytokine production by Curdlan and Curdlan derivatives in peripheral blood mononuclear cells(More)
In this study we analyzed the activity and the expression of p56lck protein tyrosine kinase in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and from healthy donors. The p56lck activity, determined by a non-radioactive Tyrosine Kinase Assay Kit, was significantly higher in active SLE PBLs and discriminated this group(More)
The occurrence of hemin-deficient bacterial mutants became known in 1953, when Jensen and Thofern (3) were able to isolate, by using streptomycin, a hemin-requiring mutant of Staphylococcus aureus. By their ability to grow as "small colony variants" (SCV), forming dwarf colonies in the absence of hemin, these mutants differ sharply from genuine conditioned(More)
UNLABELLED Influence of the novel arthritis drug-substance MCS-18 on the antibody (Ab) production against tetanus toxoid (TT) and diphtheria toxoid (DT) antigens was tested in vivo. Possible involvement of MCS-18 in Toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling pathway was further considered. MATERIALS AND METHODS Immunization of male CD1 mice was done with(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and Dectin-1, as members of Pattern Recognition Receptors play an essential role in innate immune response against bacteria and fungi respectively, contributing to pathogens recognition, phagocytosis, etc. Dectin-1 and TLR-2/TLR-6 can interact for intracellular signal transduction. Dectin-1 is expressed at low levels on(More)