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The potential predictive value of tumor bulk, genetic, and immunological variants in patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to respond to treatment with rituximab (RTX) monotherapy was evaluated. Thus, the value of assessing the effect of 18-fluoro-desoxy-D-glucose (FDG) uptake on PET scan, polymorphisms in Fc gamma receptor (FcγR) IIIa-158,(More)
The B-cell activity factor (BAFF) acts as a positive regulator of B-cell function. To gain further insight into the understanding of B-cell hyperactivity in autoimmune diseases, the serum level of BAFF was determined in 43 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, 58 primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients, 28 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, and 68(More)
The classical view of B cells in the biology of autoimmune responses to infectious and self-antigens (Ag) that they promote immunity primarily by producing antibodies (Ab) is far from being complete. Indeed, studies over the last decade suggest that B cells have extraordinarily diverse functions within the immune system other than Ab production, which could(More)
Recent studies have revealed that B cells serve extraordinarily diverse functions within the immune system in addition to antibody production. These functions contribute to autoimmunity. They initiate the development of lymphoid architecture and regulate dendritic and T-cell function through cytokine production. Receptor editing is also essential to prevent(More)
A number of studies have suggested that B cell mediated-regulation contributes to the establishment of immunological tolerance. However, the precise mechanisms by which regulatory B cells establish and maintain tolerance in humans remain to be determined. The objective of the current study is to understand the cellular and molecular bases of B-cell(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the accuracy of salivary gland ultrasonography (SGUS) for diagnosing primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and to suggest modifications of the American-European Consensus Group (AECG) classification criteria. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study in a prospective cohort of patients with suspected primary SS that was established(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the clinical presentation, management and prognosis of patients diagnosed with both primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS French nation-wide survey completed by a systematic literature review. RESULTS This work identified 7 new cases of coexisting pSS(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the diagnostic value of minor salivary gland biopsy (MSGB) for primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS Systematic review of studies retrieved from PUBMED and EMBASE using the terms 'salivary glands' AND 'Sjögren's syndrome' AND 'biopsy', conducted in patients with suspected pSS, and defining positive biopsies as a focus score(More)
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a frequent autoimmune systemic disease, clinically characterized by eyes and mouth dryness in all patients, salivary gland swelling or extraglandular systemic manifestations in half of the patients, and development of lymphoma in 5 to 10 % of the patients. However, patients presenting with sicca symptoms or salivary gland(More)
B lymphocytes from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) display some CD5 transcripts for CD5 containing the known exon 1 (E1A) and other CD5 transcripts containing the new exon 1 (E1B). These malignant B cells, as well as B cell lines transfected with cDNA for E1A-cd5 or with cDNA for E1B-cd5 produce IL-10, raising the possibility that CD5 participates in the(More)