Karen Seager

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Although cyclo-oxygenase products have been detected at inflammatory sites the tissue of origin remains uncertain. Inflammatory exudates were collected from rats 4, 6, 8, 12 or 24 h after subcutaneous implantation of carrageenin-impregnated sponges. Concentrations of the cyclo-oxygenase products prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), 6-oxo-PGF1 alpha and thromboxane B2(More)
Although the strong association of HLA-B27 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is well documented, the significance of this association is largely unknown. It has recently been reported that Klebsiella pneumoniae was present in the faeces of patients with AS more frequently than in healthy individuals, and that there appeared to be some cross-reactivity(More)
Human pulmonary mast cells were obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and by enzymic dissociation of whole lung. The cells released histamine on immunological stimulation or on exposure to a hyperosmolar environment. Cell suspensions similarly released newly generated products of arachidonic acid metabolism. Increased numbers of mast cells were recovered(More)
The properties of human pulmonary mast cells obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and enzymic dispersion of lung tissue have been compared with those of basophil leucocytes. On challenge with anti-human IgE, the pulmonary cells released both histamine and the newly generated mediators prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) and leukotriene C4 (LTC4). In contrast, the(More)
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