Giovanna Damiani

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Progesterone at placental tissue concentrations (5-20 micrograms/ml) markedly increases in vitro PMA-stimulated O-2 and H2O2 production by human cultured monocytes. This appears to contrast the well-known suppressive action of the hormone on the other cell mediated defence mechanisms. We suggest that these findings could cast a new light on progesterone's(More)
Alveolar macrophages act as accessory cells in lymphocyte response to mitogens or alloantigens. Because the autologous mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR), in which HLA-DR-positive non-T cells stimulate the proliferation of autologous T lymphocytes, represents a good model to study macrophage-T cell interaction, we examined and compared the ability of human(More)
Hexamethylenebisacetamide (HMBA)-induced murine erythroleukemia (MEL) differentiation is a multistep process. Commitment is the capacity to express terminal cell division and characteristics of the differentiated phenotype even after the cells are removed from culture with inducer. Culture of MEL cell line 745A.DS19 (DS19) with HMBA causes commitment to(More)
Screening of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomic DNA library in the lambda gt11 expression vector was carried out by using, as probes, sera from tuberculous patients and murine monoclonal antibody H61.3 recognizing a mycobacterial 35-kilodalton protein present only on the M. tuberculosis complex. The recombinant beta-galactosidase-fused protein present in(More)
Four monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs), 60.15, 61.3, 105.10, and 2.16, directed to different proteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis were used by an indirect avidin-biotin complex peroxidase-antiperoxidase method to detect mycobacterial antigens in lung, lymph node, and joint tissue specimens of tuberculous patients. Using MoAb 60.15, which recognizes a broad(More)
A monoclonal antibody (PBM 6.4) to platelet and megakaryocyte glycoproteins IIb and IIIa has been obtained and used to purify human megakaryocytes from sternal bone marrow aspirates by a simple method, consisting of a Percoll gradient centrifugation followed by affinity adherence on PBM 6.4-coated plastic surface, "panning." Megakaryocytes, 80-90% pure and(More)
Two different methods, immunofluorescence and lactoperoxidase-catalysed radioiodination, were used to investigate mIg on two different myeloma cell lines. The data indicate that, even though both techniques are highly sensitive, different results can be obtained in the same cell line depending on the technique employed.