Learn More
The aim of this study is to define a reliable reckoning of gene frequencies and six-locus haplotypic frequencies of HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQA1, HLA-DQB1 and HLA-DPB1 in the Tunisian population. One hundred unrelated random, healthy people originating from various parts of Tunisia were typed for the alleles of the loci mentioned above by using(More)
The present study describes the strains of hepatitis C virus (HCV) isolated from Tunisian hemodialysis patients. Thirty-three HCV strains isolated from different dialysis centers in Tunis City were amplified by RT-PCR in a region of the NS5b gene, genotyped by sequencing, and compared to international sequences by phylogenetic analysis. The phylogenetic(More)
BACKGROUND Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) are chronic intestinal disorders characterized by immune dysregulation and leukocytes recruitment into gastrointestinal tract. Cell adhesion molecules (CAM) mediate the extravasation of leukocytes and their accumulation in inflamed intestinal mucosa. Recently, CAM genes have been implicated in(More)
Hereditary C1q deficiency (C1qD) is the most penetrant genetic factor predisposing to the development of lupus pathology with more than 93% of C1q deficient patients developing this autoimmune pathology throughout their life. It is a rare autosomal recessive deficiency, with only 67 cases reported so far including one Tunisian girl who died at the age of(More)
BACKGROUND It is well documented that in early rheumatoid arthritis, anti-CCP antibodies have better diagnostic value than rheumatoid factors and anti-keratin antibodies. However, their role is less well defined in patients with established or long duration disease. AIM To evaluate and to compare diagnostic performances of anti- CCP, anti-keratin, IgM and(More)
To investigate the association between kidney transplant rejection and the polymorphisms of CTLA-4 gene exon 1(+49) and promoter (-318), genomic DNA of 70 renal transplant recipients and 110 healthy blood donors were genotyped by PCR-RFLP and PCR-SSP, respectively. The patients were classified in two groups: G1 included 33 HLA-identical recipients and G2,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of genotype and precore/core-promoter mutations in chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected individuals in Tunisia. METHODS We studied 164 Tunisian patients (38 HBeAg-positive and 126 HBeAg-negative) with chronic HBV infection. Genotypes and precore/core-promoter mutations were studied using(More)
As chemokines and adhesion molecules play major roles in the process by which leukocytes are recruited from the bloodstream into sites of inflammation, genetic variations in the production or activity of molecules may influence susceptibility to acute rejection episodes. This study sought to determine the impact of recipient monocyte chemoattractant(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)
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)