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One cause of the excessive deposition of collagen in systemic sclerosis is thought to be abnormal functioning of fibroblasts. The purpose of this study is to determine whether there is decreased expression of collagenase in systemic sclerosis fibroblasts. In this study, we analyzed collagen and collagenase expression in dermal fibroblasts derived from eight(More)
Carbonic anhydrase (CA) is an extremely basic zinc metalloenzyme with a wide phyletic distribution, and the enzyme is important for the regulation of acid-base status. A novel autoantibody reactive with carbonic anhydrase was demonstrated. Several different classes of CA are known in mammals. Using the immuno blotting method and and immun-dot analysis, we(More)
The histologic localization of fibronectin (FN) in normal human skin, granulation tissue, hypertrophic scar, mature scar, progressive systemic sclerotic skin, and tissue of other fibrotic disorders was investigated by an indirect immunofluorescence technique using specific antiserum prepared in rabbits against purified human plasma FN. In granulation tissue(More)
The probable sequence of microvascular changes affecting endothelial cells in erythema nodosum-like lesions was examined by electron microscopy in 18 patients with typical Behçet's syndrome. Dark endothelial cells in the superficial and deep dermis exhibited degeneration with contraction changes. Consequently, degenerated endothelial cells showed nuclear(More)
In this study, biopsy specimens from 18 patients with Behçet's syndrome were examined by electron microscopy with particular attention to the appearance of the lymphocyte-macrophage infiltrate into the interlobules of subcutaneous fat in erythema nodosum-like lesions. Electron microscopic evaluation revealed vacuolization changes of fat cells with(More)
BACKGROUND Pemphigus is an autoimmune bullous disease characterized by the presence of antidesmoglein autoantibodies. However, the mechanism of its autoantibody production remains unknown. In previous reports, we have described rare cases of pemphigus and pemphigoid associated with silicosis. It is well known that during long-term silicosis, some autoimmune(More)
Silica (SiO2) or related substances such as silicone ([-R2Si-O-]n), which is used in plastic surgery, or asbestos (e.g. chrysotile; 3MgO.2SiO2.H2O) have 'adjuvant effects'. In a study of scleroderma patients in Germany more than 78% had experienced exposure to silicate dust. T-cell receptor (TcR) V beta gene analysis on CD4- CD8- double-negative alpha beta(More)
Although it is well known that cases with silicosis exhibit various immunological abnormalities, the mechanisms involved in the occurrence of immuno-dysfunction or dysregulation induced by silica compounds have not yet been determined. Fas is a well-known cell surface molecule that is involved in the apoptosis pathway that belongs to the tumour necrosis(More)
Biopsy specimens of recurrent erythema nodosum-like lesions from corticosteroid-treated and non-treated patients with Behçet's syndrome were examined with the electron microscope to determine the incidence of apoptotic cell death of infiltrating lymphocytes in connective tissue. Apoptosis of infiltrating lymphocytes was detected in all(More)
The in vivo rates of protein synthesis in the peripheral nervous tissues of methylmercury-treated rats (10 mg/kg/day, for 7 days) have been estimated with improved methods by the injection of a large amount of [l-14C]valine of low specific activity. Protein synthesis activity in the dorsal root ganglia was inhibited to the extent of 60% of the control as(More)