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We report here the presence of very high serum levels of the soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) in patients with blood hypereosinophilia with or without detectable markers of malignancy or signs of visceral involvement. The highest sIL-2R levels were observed in 16 eosinophilic patients with T-cell lymphoma (3,440 to 79,500 U/mL). Elevated levels of(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-filaggrin antibodies (AFA) are among the most specific antibodies for rheumatoid arthritis, so procedures for their detection should be included in early biological diagnoses. AFA can be detected by indirect immunofluorescence (anti-keratin antibodies, AKA) or by new enzyme immunoassays (EIA). Their comparative performance needs to be(More)
A signal transduction pathway activated by many cytokines has recently been elaborated. The JAK kinases and the signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) factors have been found to be essential components. In this report, we describe the presence of constitutively activated STAT factors in peripheral blood cells from patients with acute(More)
Human endogenous retroviral sequences (HERVs) are believed to be possible pathogenic agents in carcinogenesis. HERV-K is the most biologically active form, since members of this family have intact open reading frames for the gag, pol or env genes. Antibody response against HERV-K peptides has been reported in leukemia patients, suggesting a possible(More)
Myelin antigen targets that are clearly associated with pathogenic events in multiple sclerosis (M.S.) patients remain to be defined. We recently demonstrated that the analysis of global IgG antibody response against human brain antigens using one-dimensional (1-D) immunoblotting, allowed us to discriminate M.S. patients from controls (both healthy subjects(More)
Idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) characterized by unexplained and persistent hypereosinophilia is heterogeneous and comprises several entities: a myeloproliferative form where myeloid lineages are involved with the interstitial chromosome 4q12 deletion leading to fusion between FIP1L1 and PDGFRA genes, the latter acquiring increased tyrosine(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize discriminant human brain antigenic targets in patients with neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE), using a standardized immunoproteomic approach. METHODS Self-IgG reactivity against normal and injured human brain tissues was studied by Western blotting of sera from 169 subjects, 16 patients with NPSLE, 12 patients(More)
An increased level of citrullinated myelin basic protein (MBP-C8) has been reported in the brains of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. However, the involvement of the immune response to post-translational modified MBP in the pathophysiology of MS remains speculative. The aim of this study was to compare the levels of immunoglobulin G antibodies to several(More)
BACKGROUND Mucosal erosions can be a presenting feature of the hypereosinophilic syndrome. The aim of this study was to analyze in situ the presence of eosinophil proteins and the state of eosinophil activation. Biopsy specimens of mucosal lesions and normal skin were taken from two men with oral and genital erosions typical of hypereosinophilic syndrome.(More)