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The relative importance of humoral and cellular immunity in the prevention or clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is poorly understood. However, there is considerable evidence that neutralizing antibodies are involved in disease control. Here we describe the detailed analysis of human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) directed against HCV glycoprotein(More)
The CDKN2A gene (p16/MTS1) is a tumor suppressor that is frequently deleted, mutated, or inactivated by transcriptional silencing in certain tumor types and many tumor cell lines. We analyzed CDKN2A gene mutations and the frequency of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at the CDKN2A locus in 135 soft tissue sarcomas. PCR-SSCP analysis of exons 1 and 2 of CDKN2A(More)
The expression of both epidermal growth factor (EGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and of their receptors (EGFR and PDGFR) was immunohistochemically examined in 37 cases of osteosarcoma. Furthermore, immunostaining for p53 protein and Ki-67 antigen by MIB-1 was carried out and compared with the above results. EGFR (81%) expressed more often(More)
BACKGROUND Alternative splicing of the interleukin-5 receptor alpha (IL-5Ralpha)-subunit leads to the generation of a signalling, membrane-anchored (TM) isoform, or a secreted [soluble (SOL)], antagonistic variant. Given the key role of IL-5 in eosinophil function, we investigated SOL IL-5Ralpha expression pattern in an eosinophil-associated disease such as(More)
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in humans. It is characterized by a gradual loss of extracellular matrix components of articular cartilage such as collagen and proteoglycan. Presently, however, emphasis is placed on enzymes exerting a strong influence on cartilage degradation. These enzymes include matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), their(More)
To assess the role of telomerase in the development of liposarcomas, we measured telomerase activity in 36 malignant and seven benign lipomatous neoplasias from 34 patients. A sensitive polymerase chain reaction-based telomerase assay (the telomeric repeat amplification protocol) was applied. Shortening or elongation of telomeric repeat fragment lengths, as(More)
Myxoid liposarcomas harbor a unique and specific t(12;16)(q13,p11) chromosomal translocation. The breakpoint has recently been identified, and involvement of the TLS/FUS gene on chromosome 16 and the CHOP gene on chromosome 12 was demonstrated. We report a case of a 45-year-old woman who developed multiple malignant lipomatous tumors of unknown origin and(More)
Livers exposed to prolonged warm ischemia (WI), such as those from non-heart-beating donors (NHBDs), are at higher risk of primary graft nonfunction (PNF). In a pig model of liver transplantation (LTx) from NHBDs, hepatocellular vacuolation, focal hepatocyte dropout, congestion, and sinusoidal dilatation appeared on biopsies taken after exposure to WI. In(More)
A case of a 54-year-old woman is described who developed synchronously two malignant bone tumors: a dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma in the olecranon and a malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) in the lower tibia. The anaplastic part of the dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma revealed an MFH-like pattern. Myogenous differentiations were not observed in the(More)
We measured telomerase activity in 36 malignant and seven benign lipomatous neoplasias from 34 patients to assess the role of telomerase in the development of liposarcoma. The sensitive PCR-based telomerase assay (telomeric repeat amplification protocol-TRAP) was applied. We correlated telomerase activity with the shortening or elongation of telomeric(More)