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Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and its co-receptor CD14 play a major role in innate immunity by recognizing PAMPs and signal the activation of adaptive responses. These receptors can recognize endogenous ligands mainly auto-antigens. In addition, TLR4 (Asp299Gly) and CD14 (C/T -159) polymorphisms (SNPs) may modify qualitatively and/or quantitatively their(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is thought to be chronic and the factors leading to viral clearance or persistence are poorly understood. This study was undertaken to investigate the possibility of a significant relationship between the spontaneous clearance or the persistence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and cytokine and apoptosis gene(More)
The molecular mechanisms of IgA nephropathy (IgAN) remain poorly understood. Several different polymorphic genes have been investigated in order to demonstrate their possible association with this disease. It is evident that mainly alternative and lectin pathways complement activation and play an important role in renal injury of IgAN. This study was(More)
We carried out a protein and genetic investigation of the factor H gene mutations within two families presenting with a diagnostic suspicion of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The results within the patients of the first family revealed a factor H-deficiency. Direct sequencing allowed the detection of a 4-nucleotide deletion in the factor H gene.(More)
This paper presents a system based on five-port demodulator which measures DoA (directions-of-arrival) of radio frequency signals received on an antenna array in the azimuth plane. The receiver operating at 2.4 GHz is composed of four five-port demodulators connected to a ULA (uniform linear array) of four patch antennas. The DoA is estimated by measuring(More)
Three VEGF SNPs (−2578) C/A, (+405) G/C and (+936) C/T were investigated in Tunisian exudative AMD patients in order to determine their association with the disease susceptibility and their influence to intravitreal bevacizumab therapy response. 145 AMD patients and 207 age-matched controls were included. 68 patients were treated with intravitreal(More)
Chemokines and their receptors play an important role in the late inflammatory stage of asthma. In this study, we aimed to investigate polymorphisms of MCP-1 (CCL2), CCR2 and CCR5 which can affect qualitatively and/or quantitatively their production and thus influence both susceptibility and severity of asthma and its clinical and biological features.MCP-1(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM To investigate the possible association between the polymorphism of the CTLA-4 exon 1 +49 A/G and susceptibility to Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) in the Tunisian population. METHODS The +49 A/G dimorphism was analyzed in 119 patients with CD, 65 patients with UC, and 100 controls by the polymerase chain(More)
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