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The human pentraxin proteins, serum amyloid P component (SAP) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are important in routine clinical diagnosis, SAP for systemic amyloidosis and CRP for monitoring the non-specific acute phase response. They are also targets for novel therapies currently in development but their roles in health and disease are controversial. Thus,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used in a range of immunodeficiency states that require a broad spectrum of protective antibodies to a range of common pathogens. A comparison of the antigen-specific antibody profile of preparations of an IVIG (Vigam) derived from US and UK sourced plasma was performed, and these preparations(More)
For several projects in close range photogrammetry a bundle block adjustment is necessary, at least for orientation purposes, and sometimes also for the calibration of the used cameras. Based on the experiences of a few years in this field, we have compared several software packages, some commercial ones, some well established academic solutions and some(More)
The development and properties of a liquid intravenous immunoglobulin (Gammaplex(®)), of high purity, stability and functional activity, is described. Virus and TSE reduction by specific steps in the process were evaluated by spiking studies using small-scale models. The removal of procoagulant activity was determined using immunochemical and functional(More)
The binding of insulin to its receptor in rat adipocyte and isolated plasma membranes has been measured. The adipocyte insulin receptor has been reconstituted in lecithin liposomes and the binding of insulin investigated. A method of interpreting binding data presented as binding vs. the logarithm of free insulin concentration (binding isotherms) in terms(More)
Non-enveloped viruses such as HAV and B19 are of potential concern in plasma products. In the case of albumin, pasteurisation at 60 °C for 10 h is generally used for virus inactivation. However this procedure is only partially effective against some non-enveloped viruses. Using a range of non-enveloped viruses i.e. HAV, SV40, CPV, treatment at a high pH of(More)
The monosaccharide transporter from the plasma membranes of rat adipocytes and insulin-stimulated adipocytes has been reconstituted in sonicated liposomes. The stereospecific D-glucose uptake by liposomes made from a range of phospholipids and incorporating fatty acids has been investigated. D-Glucose uptake is correlated with an increase in lipid fluidity(More)
OBJECTIVE To see if modifications to the processing of intravenous immunoglobulin to include a virus inactivation stage alter immunoglobulin G (IgG) resulting in hypotension in patients. METHODS Clinical trials were done involving extensive patient monitoring during infusion: in vitro - testing for markers of hypotension, and in vivo - an animal model(More)
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