Marcus Diamant

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1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3] inhibits lymphocyte proliferation and production of antibodies and lymphokines such as interleukin (IL)-2 and interferon gamma. These lymphocyte functions are dependent upon cytokines, including IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), produced by the antigen presenting cells. In the(More)
Pharmaceutical preparations of normal human immunoglobulin (IgG) are known to contain high-avidity and neutralizing antibodies (Ab) to the cytokines interleukin (IL)-1alpha, IL-6, and interferon (IFN)alpha. To test for other cytokine Ab, 23 batches of IgG were tested for saturable binding to eight 125I-labeled recombinant cytokines. All batches bound(More)
1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-(OH)2D3) has been shown to interfere with immunoglobulin production and lymphocyte proliferation in vitro. These lymphocyte functions are influenced by interleukin (IL)-6 produced by antigen presenting cells. Hence, the ability of 1,25-(OH)2D3 to interfere with the production and function of IL-6 was investigated. 1,25-(OH)2D3(More)
The present study was designed to examine the effect of physical exercise on production of interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma). Ten young, healthy volunteers underwent 60-min bicycle exercise at 75% of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). Blood samples were(More)
Sulphatide is expressed in the central and peripheral neural system, in islets of Langerhans, and in tissues affected by late diabetic complications. Autoantibodies to sulphatide are present in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes and the Guillain-Barré syndrome. Cytokines influence these disease processes, and we therefore studied whether sulphatide(More)
The membrane-bound gp130 glycoprotein acts as an affinity converting and signal transducing receptor (R) for interleukin-6 and several other cytokines. In this work, we RT-PCR amplified gp130 cDNA using primers flanking the sequence encoding the transmembrane domain of gp130. We observed in blood mononuclear cells, in addition to the expected 333-bp length(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cell profile and immunoglobulin levels from patients with extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA) were related to the time elapsed between last antigen exposure and BAL. For this purpose, an analysis was performed of BAL fluid (BALF) obtained from 59 nonsmoking EAA patients at(More)
High-avidity IgG antibodies to the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) were found in sera of apparently healthy adult individuals. These antibodies specifically interfered with an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for IL-6 in which specific polyclonal rabbit antibodies to human recombinant IL-6 (rIL-6) were used. Furthermore, using precipitation of(More)
The presence of human cytokines was examined in parallel skin biopsies and epidermal single cell preparations obtained from normal individuals. Using biotin-avidin-peroxidase and immunofluorescence techniques and antibodies against recombinant cytokines, a granular intercellular/membrane-associated staining for interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumour necrosis(More)