Marina Ruffelli

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BACKGROUND Treatment of pemphigus vulgaris can be challenging. Systemic steroids associated with other immunosuppressant agents are the mainstay of therapy and have dramatically reduced morbidity and mortality from pemphigus vulgaris. In some patients, however, these agents are not able to control the disease or have severe adverse effects. Rituximab(More)
The immune system involvement in psoriasis has been documented by the presence of activated T-cells both in peripheral blood and in psoriatic skin lesions and by the intervention of cytokines in the inflammatory process. On this basis, we have undertaken a study in order to examine, in addition to activation markers such as CD25 and CD54 (ICAM-1) on(More)
OBJECTIVE Prothrombin (PT) is a target for antibodies with lupus anticoagulant (LA) activity, suggesting the possible application of anti-prothrombin antibody (aPT) assays in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Different methods - both homemade and commercial - for the detection of aPT are available, but they seem to produce conflicting results.(More)
Several skin infiltrating inflammatory cells, such as eosinophils, neutrophils and activated T lymphocytes, are involved in bullous pemphigoid (BP) blister formation. The presence of CD4+ T cells able to produce IL-4 and IL-5 suggests Th2 involvement in the disease. The role of eotaxin in the recruitment of eosinophils into inflammatory sites has been(More)
Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is an autoimmune sub-epidermal bullous dermatosis of pregnancy associated with circulating autoantibodies targeting the extracellular non-collagenous (NC) 16A domain of bullous pemphigoid (BP) 180 antigen. In order to determine whether BP180 regions other than NC16A are recognized by PG autoantibodies, we have analyzed the(More)
BACKGROUND The NC16A immunodominant region of the bullous pemphigoid (BP) antigen BP180 has been used to develop several enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) as diagnostic tools for BP autoantibody detection. OBJECTIVES Because BP180 autoantibody reactivity is not restricted to NC16A, we have investigated the possibility of developing an ELISA(More)