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To assess the involvement of the immune system in Parkinson's disease we studied the phenotype of circulating lymphocytes in 30 untreated and 34 treated patients. We found a numeric decrease in helper T cells (higher in CD4(+)CD45RA(+) than in CD4(+)CD29(+)) and B cells, and a rise in activated, CD4(+)CD25(+) lymphocytes that was correlated with lymphocyte(More)
Neuronal cell death by apoptosis is a mechanism involved in Parkinson's disease and indirect signs of apoptosis have been found in brain neurons and blood lymphocytes. The present study was aimed to directly assess the presence of enhanced apoptosis in lymphocytes from 89 idiopathic Parkinson's disease patients, 33 untreated and 56 treated, compared with 33(More)
OBJECTIVES It has been suggested that statins have an effect on the modulation of the cytokine cascade and on the outcome of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The aim of this prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to determine whether statin therapy given to hospitalised patients with CAP improves clinical(More)
Exploring new immunosuppressive strategies inducing donor-specific hyporesponsiveness is an important challenge in transplantation. For this purpose, a careful immune monitoring and graft histology assessment is mandatory. Here, we report the results of a pilot study conducted in twenty renal transplant recipients, analyzing the immunomodulatory effects of(More)
The relevance of abnormalities in the distribution of peripheral blood T lymphocyte subsets to the clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis is not firmly established. A clinical and immunological follow-up of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients was performed in order to study the relationship of immune changes with the clinical course of(More)
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