Júlia Szekeres-Barthó

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PROBLEM The role of progesterone-dependent immunomodulation in the maintenance of normal pregnancy. METHODS In vitro and in vivo data on the effect that progesterone and its mediator progesterone-induced blocking factor (PIBF) exert on the immune functions of pregnant women are reviewed, together with clinical findings. RESULTS Activated pregnancy(More)
Progesterone-induced blocking factor (PIBF) induces Th2-dominant cytokine production. Western blotting and EMSA revealed phosphorylation as well as nuclear translocation of STAT6 and inhibition of STAT4 phosphorylation in PIBF-treated cells. The silencing of STAT6 by small interfering RNA reduced the cytokine effects. Because the activation of the STAT6(More)
In the presence of progesterone, lymphocytes from pregnant females produce an immunomodulatory protein known as progesterone induced blocking factor (PIBF). We tested the effect of this protein on cytokine production by mitogen-activated lymphocytes. Spleen cells from Balb/c mice were incubated with Con A in the presence or absence of PIBF. Supernatants(More)
A successful pregnancy requires synchronized adaptation of maternal immune-endocrine mechanisms to the fetus. Here we show that galectin-1 (Gal-1), an immunoregulatory glycan-binding protein, has a pivotal role in conferring fetomaternal tolerance. Consistently with a marked decrease in Gal-1 expression during failing pregnancies, Gal-1–deficient(More)
PIBF was previously identified as a 34 kDa immunomodulatory molecule secreted by pregnancy lymphocytes and is thought to play a crucial role in preventing rejection of the embryo by the maternal immune response. Recent data suggested that PIBF protein was also expressed by the progesterone receptor (PR) positive MCF-7 breast tumor cell line. Therefore our(More)
Background. Calcium-induced proteolytic processes are considered key players in the progressive pathobiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Activation of calpain and caspases after TBI leads to the cleavage of cytoskeletal proteins such as non-erythroid alpha II-spectrin. Recent reports demonstrate that the levels of spectrin and spectrin breakdown(More)
The immunological relationship between the mother and the fetus is a bi-directional communication determined on the one hand by fetal antigen presentation and on the other hand by recognition of and reaction to these antigens by the maternal immune system. There is evidence now that immunological recognition of pregnancy is important for the maintenance of(More)
Spontaneous miscarriage and preterm delivery are common complications of pregnancy. Pro-inflammatory cytokines have been shown to be associated with recurrent spontaneous miscarriage (RSM) and preterm delivery (PTD) and these have led to exploration of ways to downregulate pro-inflammatory cytokines and/or to upregulate anti-inflammatory cytokines.(More)
During implantation, maternal immunoactivation and tolerance are not only limited to the decidua but are also observed in the periphery, predominantly affecting the innate immune system. Since unexplained female infertility, as well as recurrent spontaneous abortion and implantation failure, are thought to be associated with pathological maternal(More)
Progesterone is critical for the establishment and the maintenance of pregnancy, both by its endocrine and immunological effects. The genomic actions of progesterone are mediated by the intracellular progesterone receptors; A and B. A protein called P-induced blocking factor (PIBF), by inducing a T(H2) dominant cytokine production, mediates the(More)