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The major aim of this study was to investigate the association of the cytokine gene polymorphisms with the development of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study included 29 patients with RCC and 50 healthy controls. All genotyping (TNF-alpha, TGF-beta, IL-10, IL-6, IFN-gamma) experiments were performed using sequence-specific primers PCR (PCR-SSP). It was(More)
Genetic manipulation of donor cornea prior to transplantation has the potential to modulate the allogeneic response, as well as the endothelial cell function. This study examined the feasibility of gene transfer to corneal endothelial cells using replication-defective recombinant adenoviral vectors. Adult rabbits corneas were infected with recombinant(More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)-induced hypoxic stress modulates circulating inflammatory mediators causing accelerated atherogenesis. OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that OSAS-induced hypoxia might result in cardiovascular disease due to increased expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1(More)
The association of the cytokine gene polymorphisms with the development of Behçet's Disease (BD) was investigated in this study. DNA samples were obtained from a Turkish population of 97 unrelated patients with BD, and 127 unrelated healthy control subjects.All genotyping (IL-6, IL10, IFN-gamma, TGF-Beta1 and TNF-alpha) experiments were performed using(More)
Tularemia is a zoonotic disease caused by the coccobacillus F. tularensis. Small epidemics and sporadic cases were seen around Bursa since November 1988. In this study, a total of 205 cases of tularemia were observed. All the cases were diagnosed on clinical, bacteriological and serological grounds. The epidemics were thought to be waterborne. The majority(More)
Several genes encoding for different cytokines may play crucial roles in host susceptibility to Brucellosis, since the cytokine production capacity varies among individuals and depends on the cytokine gene polymorphism. The association of the cytokine gene polymorphisms with the development of Brucellosis was investigated in this study. DNA samples were(More)
Several genes encoding for different cytokines may play crucial roles in host susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB), since the cytokine production capacity varies among individuals and depends on the cytokine gene polymorphism. The association of the cytokine gene polymorphisms with the development of TB was investigated in this study. DNA samples were(More)
The family of IL-10-related cytokines includes several human members, IL-19, IL-20, IL-22, IL-24 and IL-26, and a series of herpesviral and poxviral paralogs. Some of these cytokines share common receptor subunits. In this study, we investigated the effects of these cytokines on naive T cell differentiation, antigen-specific T cell suppression, survival ad(More)
Several cytokine genes may play crucial roles in host susceptibility to Behçet's Disease (BD), because the cytokine production capacity varies among individuals and depends on the cytokine gene polymorphisms. The association of the IL-4 and IL-4Rα gene polymorphisms with the susceptibility to BD was investigated in this study. DNA samples were obtained from(More)
One attractive strategy to prevent or control allograft rejection is to genetically modify the donor tissue before transplantation. In this study, we have examined the feasibility of gene transfer to human corneal endothelium, using a number of recombinant adenovirus constructs. Ex vivo infection of human corneas with adenoviral vectors containing lacZ,(More)