Julie M. Robertson

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a heterogeneous human disease influenced by a complex interplay of necessary, but not individually sufficient, factors. Although many genetic and environmental factors are associated with SLE, this review will focus on the evolving evidence for key Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific roles in SLE,(More)
The effect of Capozide, the combination of captopril with a hydrochlorothiazide diuretic, on voluntary alcohol intake was assessed in two experiments. In experiment 1 naive rats who were maintained on ad libitum food and water were given daily 40-min access to a 6% (w/v) alcohol solution and water. Daily intraperitoneal injections of captopril (10 mg/kg)(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatic diseases cause significant morbidity within American Indian populations. Clinical disease presentations, as well as historically associated autoantibodies, are not always useful in making a rapid diagnosis or assessing prognosis. The purpose of our study was to identify autoantibody associations among Oklahoma tribal populations with(More)
Purpose. This study evaluates high-throughput autoantibody screening and determines associated systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) clinical features in a large lupus cohort. Methods. Clinical and demographic information, along with serum samples, were obtained from each SLE study participant after appropriate informed consent. Serum samples were screened for(More)
A congenital epithelial tumour of the submandibular salivary gland, occurring in a child of 10 months, is described. The lesion appeared benign and consisted of basal type cells, showing ductal and acinar differentiation with myoepithelial cells. The associated fibrous stroma contained blood vessels and small nerve bundles. A few similar lesions have been(More)
The possible role of the endogenous kinins in the control of alcohol intake was assessed in two experiments. In Experiment 1, naive rats, maintained on ad lib food and water, were given daily 40-min access to a 6% (w/v) alcohol solution and water. Daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of captopril (20 mg/kg) significantly reduced alcohol intake, while(More)
OBJECTIVE Replacement of standard immunofluorescence methods with bead-based assays for antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing is a new clinical option. The aim of this study was to evaluate a large, multiethnic cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), blood relatives, and unaffected control individuals for familial aggregation and subset(More)
OBJECTIVE In recent years, vitamin D has been shown to possess a wide range of immunomodulatory effects. Although there is extensive amount of research on vitamin D, we lack a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency or the mechanism by which vitamin D regulates the human immune system. This study examined the prevalence and(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, which prevent the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, reduce alcohol intake when injected peripherally. The mechanism by which ACE inhibitors produce this effect on alcohol intake is unknown. A rise in the biosynthesis of angiotensin II in the periphery is known to reduce alcohol intake. In this(More)
OBJECTIVES The relationship of immune dysregulation and autoantibody production that may contribute to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) pathogenesis is unknown. This study evaluates the individual and combined contributions of autoantibodies, type I interferon (IFN-α) activity, and IFN-associated soluble mediators to disease development leading to SLE. (More)