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The study of plaque biofilms in the oral cavity is difficult as plaque removal inevitably disrupts biofilm integrity precluding kinetic studies involving the penetration of components and metabolism of substrates in situ. A method is described here in which plaque is formed in vivo under normal (or experimental) conditions using a collection device which(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the utility of measurement of thrombomodulin, antinucleosome antibodies, sVCAM-1, sICAM-1, neopterin, fas ligand, IL-10 and sIL-2R in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to compare them with traditional markers of SLE activity (anti-dsDNA antibodies, C3, C4) and the ECLAM index of disease activity.(More)
Goal of this study was to monitor levels of serum neopterin and soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2r) and to evaluate their importance in monitoring activity of systemic lupus erythematodes (SLE). Levels of serum neopterin, anti-dsDNA antibodies, C3, C4 complement components, nucleosomes antibodies, IL-10, fas ligand, soluble thrombomodulin, sVCAM-1, and(More)
The role of the complement system in the pathogenesis of systemic diseases is very ambivalent. In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), many abnormalities in the activation of the complement system have been reported. The most important antibodies formed against the complement system in SLE are the ones associated with the C1q component. The aim of this study(More)
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