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OBJECTIVES Evidence suggests functional relevance for polymorphisms in FcgammaR in relation to inflammatory and infectious diseases. The present aim was to investigate genetic polymorphisms in three FcgammaR in relation to susceptibility and severity of periodontitis. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study population consisted of 68 periodontitis patients and 61(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of methotrexate (MTX) on expression levels of activating receptors for IgG (FcgammaRs) on monocytes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in relation to changes in disease activity. METHODS The effect of MTX on FcgammaRs on monocytes of RA patients was evaluated ex vivo as well as in vitro. Recently diagnosed,(More)
AIMS The aims of this study were to assess: (i) the distribution of Fcgamma receptor polymorphisms among patients with chronic periodontitis ("cases") and control subjects with no/minimal loss of periodontal tissue support in a Caucasian population; (ii) whether these polymorphisms can serve as severity markers for periodontitis; and (iii) whether they have(More)
OBJECTIVES Levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG) Fc receptors (FcgammaRs) affect the activity and function of monocytes/macrophages when binding IgG-containing immune complexes. Hence, the expression level of FcgammaRs on monocytic cells may influence inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study the expression levels of FcgammaRI, IIa(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the effect of anti-TNF-alpha therapy on activating IgG Fc receptor (FcgammaR) expression on monocytes of RA patients in relation to changes in disease activity. METHODS RA patients were treated with anti-TNF-alpha mAb (infliximab). At baseline, 2 and 14 weeks after the start of anti-TNF-alpha treatment, FcgammaR expression levels on(More)
BACKGROUND Monocytes/macrophages have an important and versatile role in joint inflammation and destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE To determine the efficiency of monocyte/macrophage elimination by a new drug conjugated antibody (CD64-calicheamicin (CD64-CaMi)) directed to the high affinity receptor for IgG (FcgammaRI). METHODS(More)
Human red cells (RBC) coated with IgG anti-D are cleared from the circulation to the spleen by macrophages which express IgG receptors (Fcgamma R). Polymorphisms of Fcgamma RIIa and Fcgamma RIIIa affect IgG binding in vitro, and may alter the efficiency of clearance of immune complexes in vivo. In a RBC clearance study, 22 Rh D-negative subjects were given(More)
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