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Although there are many studies on the characterization of C in biochar and its C sequestration potential, there is little knowledge on the mineral fraction in biochar and its weathering. The latter, however, can have powerful implications on nutrient availability. In the present study, a modified Soxhlet reactor was used to simulate the long-term(More)
OBJECTIVE Mutations in the MEFV and the type 1 TNF receptor (TNFRSF 1A) genes have recently been linked to familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and TNF receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS), respectively. A higher prevalence of Behçet's disease (BD) among FMF patients has been described compared to the general population. The aim of this study was to(More)
CD8 glycoproteins play an important role in both the maturation and function of MHC class I-restricted T lymphocytes. A 25-year-old man, from a consanguineous family, with recurrent bacterial infections and total absence of CD8(+) cells, was studied. Ab deficiencies and ZAP-70 and TAP defects were ruled out. A missense mutation (gly90-->ser) in both alleles(More)
BACKGROUND NOD2/CARD15 gene variants have not been universally associated with stricturing behaviour in Crohn's disease. Other behaviour modifying genes could explain these results. AIM To study the combined influence of NOD2/CARD15 variants and 4G/4G genotype of type-1 plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) gene on Crohn's disease behaviour. METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION Severe congenital neutropenia (SCN), a heterogeneous condition with onset at early ages, is characterised by primary myelopoiesis failure with an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 0.5 x10(9)/L, severe infections and risk of leukaemic transformation. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to ascertain the long term outcome of patients with SCN. (More)
Lung transplantation (LT) has become an accepted therapy for selected patients with advanced lung disease. One of the main limitations to successful LT is rejection of the transplanted organ where chemokines are pivotal mediators. Here, we test the relationship between copy number variation (CNV) in the CCL4L chemokine gene and rejection risk in LT patients(More)