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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)
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)
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)
Transferrin (Tf) plays a crucial role in iron transport in the human body. In physiologically status Tf occurs in four variants. The concentration of Tf and its variants is changing in several conditions, especially during acute phase response, which may take place in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The aim of this study was the assessment of the(More)
One of the major issues in contemporary kidney transplantation is prevention of acute allograft rejection episodes (AREs). Cytokines are crucial mediators of immune reactions leading to AREs. We correlated serum Th1/Th2 cytokine concentrations with AREs. The project included 44 patients undergoing kidney transplantation. During the 3-month period following(More)
To evaluate the effect of interleukin 10 (IL-10) on acute phase response, we determined serum levels of IL-10, interleukin 6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP), alpha-1-anti-chymotrypsin (ACT) in 34 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. IL-10 and IL-6 levels were evaluated using an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA). CRP, AGP and(More)