Katja Perdan-Pirkmajer

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Vaccines have undoubtedly brought overwhelming benefits to mankind and are considered safe and effective. Nevertheless, they can occasionally stimulate autoantibody production or even a recently defined syndrome known as autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA). There is scarce data regarding autoimmune response after seasonal/influenza(More)
Astrocytes have a key role in the clearance and inactivation of histamine in the adult central nervous system, but transporters which mediate histamine uptake into astrocytes have not been fully characterized. We therefore investigated the kinetic and molecular characteristics of histamine uptake into cultured adult rat astrocytes. [(3)H]-histamine was(More)
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is an uncommon systemic inflammatory disease of unknown aetiology. Up to 80% of AOSD cases can be controlled with corticosteroids; however, reports on those unresponsive to corticosteroids, conventional disease modifying drugs and biological agents, including anti-IL1 inhibitors, are emerging. We present a case of AOSD(More)
OBJECTIVES The mechanism by which methotrexate (MTX) improves glucose homeostasis in patients with rheumatoid (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) remains undetermined. Animal studies indicate a role for intracellular accumulation of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-d-ribofuranosyl 5'-monophosphate (ZMP) but this has not been directly demonstrated in(More)
Background The neurotransmitter histamine is synthesized from his-tidine in histaminergic neurons. Later on it is taken up into synaptic vesicles by the vesicular monoamine transporter 2 and released into the synaptic cleft upon depo-larization stimuli. The released neurotransmitter is metabolised by the enzyme histamine N-methyltransfer-ase (HNMT)(More)
Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) inhibitors are widely used in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondylarthritides. However, TNF-α inhibition may lead to adverse events, including liver injury. The RA patients are frequently treated with several potentially hepatotoxic drugs concomitantly; hence, a causative link between(More)
Inverse psoriasis is a rare form of psoriasis characterized by the involvement of skin fold areas rather than the more common psoriatic involvement of the extensor surfaces of the extremities, trunk, and scalp. In addition, it requires a modified therapeutic approach because it is often less responsive to standard treatment regimens. Current treatment(More)
While carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment neuropathy presented at rheumatologic consultation, its ulcerative variant is rarely described. We report of a case of severe bilateral medial nerve palsy, presented to us for diagnosis of chronic digital ulcers which had been suspected to be rheumatologic in origin. Careful examination(More)
Astrocytes participate in the clearance of neurotransmitters by their uptake and subsequent enzymatic degradation. Histamine as a polar and/or protonated molecule must use a carrier to be transported across the cell membrane, although a specific histamine transporter has not been elucidated, yet. In this work we upgraded the kinetic studies of histamine(More)