Two patients with metastatic renal carcinoma who were treated with recombinant-DNA-derived alpha-interferon (rIFN alpha) had exacerbation of concomitant psoriasis, and another patient experienced onset of psoriasis during treatment with rIFN alpha. This suggests that interferons may participate in the pathophysiology of psoriasis.
Internalization and phosphorylation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) are considered two important regulatory events of receptor signal transduction. In Fischer rat thyroid (FRT) epithelial cells, we have shown that muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) stimulation induces intracellular Ca2+ mobilization via Ca2+ store release, capacitative Ca2+… (More)
During the course of clinical investigation of partly purified human leucocyte interferon (IFN) prepared at the Finnish Red Cross (PIF), neutralising IgG antibodies to human leucocyte IFN were detected in the sera of 3 patients with cancer. In 2 of these patients, the antibodies were detected in serum before treatment with PIF. In the third patient… (More)
Animals suffering from malignancy or chronic infection develop characteristic metabolic abnormalities, including a well-defined hypertriglyceridemic state. These abnormalities have been attributed to release of one or more mediators from activated macrophages. We report that cancer patients receiving RIFN-gamma, a potent macrophage activator, at doses of… (More)
Leukemic B cells from seven patients with hairy cell leukemia (HCL), six of which contained the Tac antigen, were assayed in vitro for growth factor-mediated cell proliferation. The HCL cells showed typical phenotypic profiles by monoclonal antibody analysis. The tumor cells, which do not grow spontaneously in vitro, were found to proliferate in all but one… (More)
Glycolytic activity of five brain areas in the rat was studied under two hypothyroid states: (1) induced by low-iodine diet from weaning, and (2) induced by propylthiouracil. The areas studied were the anterior cortex, amygdala, hypothalamus, septum and hippocampus. A low-iodine diet induced a decrease of pyruvate kinase activity in three region and of… (More)