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Immune-inflammatory markers and their correlations were examined in patients with major depression. Plasma concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6), soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R), soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R), transferrin receptor (TfR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AGP), as well as the microheterogeneity of AGP, were(More)
BACKGROUND Crucial inflammatory mediators involved in development of alloimmune response leading to AR are cytokines. Our project was aimed to investigate the relation between the urine cytokine profile and the development of acute rejection (AR) episodes in patients after kidney transplantation. MATERIAL/METHODS The project included 44 patients(More)
The membrane structures of resting and activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (leukocytes) were investigated using polarized light spectroscopy. Absorption, fluorescence and delayed luminescence spectra of leukocytes embedded in isotropic and stretched films of polyvinyl alcohol were measured. Polymer films were prepared using H2O and D2O. The(More)
The interactions of two metal-free phthalocyanines [(H2Pc) and Solar Pc (with four peripherical groups: SO2N(CH2CH2OH)2)] and of one metal substituted dye (CoPc) with resting and stimulated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were compared. The absorption, fluorescence, photoacoustic and EPR spectra of both resting cells and cells stimulated by(More)
The microheterogeneity of alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) has been studied in the sera of 48 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and of 12 healthy individuals. For each rheumatoid patient the disease activity has been assessed and each patient has been assigned to one of four activity grades: I, inactive; II, mildly active; III, moderately active; and IV,(More)
Two prophylactic immunosuppressive drugs, cyclosporine and methylprednisolone (MP), were compared for their effect on the in situ inflammatory reaction of granulation tissue formation and on wound healing. Granulation tissue was generated via implantation of viscous cellulose sponges in Sprague-Dawley rats. The rats were divided into six groups: One group(More)
The aim of this study was to estimate the qualitative and quantitative changes of acute phase proteins in patients suffering from coronary heart disease. The study was carried out on 74 patients and 12 healthy volunteers. The patients were divided into three groups as follows: patients with myocardial infarction (n=37), Group I--without heart failure, Group(More)
The concentration of C-reactive protein (CRP) increases in human plasma up to a thousandfold during inflammatory states. Because tissue macrophages have been shown to have receptors for CRP, the question arises of whether these cells may respond to increased local concentrations of CRP by producing cytokines capable of participating in the inflammatory(More)