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Nine groups of five dairy goats from four breeds, with each breed represented at least once in each group, were in our experiment to measure mammary gland growth. Groups were virgins, days 90 to 100 pregnancy, 5 days prepartum (145 days pregnancy), 1 or 2 days prepartum, and 1 or 2, 5, 10, 15, and 30 days in lactation. Virgins were 19 mo old while all(More)
Early pregnancy factor (EPF) is a secreted protein with immunosuppressive and growth factor properties. During pregnancy, it appears in maternal serum within 6-24 h of fertilization, is present for at least the first two-thirds of pregnancy in all species studied and is essential for embryonic survival. It is a homologue of chaperonin 10, a heat shock(More)
Mammary gland growth patterns were studied in 110 guinea pigs during the growth phase, pregnancy and lactation. Body weight changes were studied and, in addition, mammary indices were wet weight, dry fat-free tissue (DFFT), deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). Statistical analyses were mathematical regression models to best fit the actual(More)
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a severe, self-limiting, autoimmune motor neuropathy. This study was performed to investigate the numbers of activated T-cells and regulatory T-cells, and CD95 and bcl-2 expression in GBS patients compared to controls. The percentage of cells expressing CD69 (activated T-cells) was increased in the blood of both patients(More)
In Lewis rats, treatment with high doses of cyclosporin A (CsA) suppresses clinical signs of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), although disease occurs when treatment is ceased. Treatment with low doses of CsA causes EAE to take a chronic relapsing course. We have previously shown that CsA treatment causes a decline in the number of T cells(More)
A monoclonal antibody specific for the gI glycoprotein of virulent pseudorabies virus was produced and used to affinity purify gI glycoprotein. The purified gI was used in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that identified and differentiated field virus-exposed animals from animals vaccinated with gI-deleted virus. The gI ELISA was evaluated by(More)
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease characterised by inflammation and demyelination of the central nervous system and is the best available animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Since previous studies have shown that EAE is less severe or is delayed in onset during pregnancy and that administration of(More)
Mouse epidermal keratin proteins were purified and labelled with 125I by chemical techniques. A radioimmunoassay method was established with a rabbit antibody elicited against the mouse keratin. This assay method was utilized to quantify keratin proteins of mouse and human epidermal extracts, both from intact tissues and cells in culture. As little as 30 ng(More)
PROBLEM The present study was performed to explore the effects of pregnancy on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) induced in Lewis rats by inoculation with myelin basic protein (MBP) (MBP-EAE). METHOD OF STUDY MBP-EAE was induced in pregnant and non-pregnant rats and severity of disease evaluated. Serum from pregnant and non-pregnant rats was(More)