Heiko Schotte

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OBJECTIVES Overproduction of interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a pivotal feature in the pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In vitro IL-10 secretion has previously been related to haplotypes of the IL-10 promoter microsatellite polymorphisms IL10.R and IL10.G. Published data concerning the association of IL10.G alleles with susceptibility to SLE(More)
BACKGROUND A biallelic polymorphism (--174 G/C) within the interleukin-6 (IL-6) promoter reportedly has functional importance through the modulation of IL-6 expression in vitro and in vivo. METHODS We performed a population-based case-control study to analyse the association of the --174 G/C polymorphism with disease susceptibility and clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE A biallelic polymorphism within the human interleukin (IL)-6 gene promoter region (-174 G/C) has been shown to affect IL-6 transcription in vitro and IL-6 plasma levels in healthy adults. Because IL-6 is excessively released into the circulation during sepsis and closely correlates with the clinical course, we studied whether this promoter(More)
Our objective was to determine the frequency of antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides (CCPs) in a series of patients with a variety of rheumatic diseases. Seven hundred consecutive serum samples from patients at an outpatient clinic were tested for the presence of rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-CCP. Clinical diagnosis, radiographic information, and(More)
Lymphocyte production of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 is decreased in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The lack of this immunoregulatory cytokine may contribute to the characteristic T cell disregulation and aberrant B cell stimulation in SLE patients. The less common C allele of the TGFB1 polymorphism (G915C) is associated with a lower(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effectiveness and safety of mycophenolate mofetil in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus who were inadequately controlled with corticosteroids, antimalarials, and other immunosuppressive agents. METHODS Ten patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were treated with 1500-2000 mg mycophenolae mofetil (MMF) daily(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the relative contribution of tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and HLA-DRB1 polymorphisms to the genetic susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) via an extended haplotype analysis. METHODS We performed an association study in 205 unrelated German Caucasian patients with SLE fulfilling the 1997 revised American College of(More)
OBJECTIVES Associations of interleukin-10 (IL-10) promoter single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and their haplotypes with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are unclear. We extended the analysis of established proximal IL-10 promoter haplotypes to a more distal SNP with functional capacity. METHODS Two hundred and ten German caucasian SLE patients(More)
Experiences with extracorporeal therapy in systemic lupus erythematosus have been published over the last 20 years and more. In addition to plasmapheresis, specific adsorption columns have been developed to deplete pathogenic antibodies and immune complexes in the plasma of patients with SLE. We conducted a prospective randomized trial to compare the(More)
Cogan's syndrome is a rare disorder of unknown origin characterized by inflammatory eye disease and vestibuloauditory symptoms. Typically, young adults suffer from interstitial keratitis and sudden onset of tinnitus and hearing loss. Few cases (around 150) have been published and thus it is difficult to determine the percentage of patients with underlying(More)