Martina Bryce

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BACKGROUND Epidemiologic studies reveal a dramatic increase in allergies in the last decades. Air pollution is considered to be one of the factors responsible for this augmentation. The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of urbanization on birch pollen. The birch pollen proteome was investigated in order to identify differences in protein abundance(More)
We have previously reported strong evidence for linkage between IBD1 and Crohn's disease (CD) in Australian Crohn's disease families. Three risk alleles for Crohn's disease, (Arg702Trp (C/T), Gly908Arg (G/C) and 980fs981 (-/C), were recently identified in the CARD15/NOD2 gene on chromosome 16, implicating this as the IBD1 locus. Using a novel diagnostic(More)
In a humid milieu such as mucosal surfaces, pollen grains do not only release allergens but also proinflammatory and immunomodulatory lipids, termed pollen-associated lipid mediators. Among these, the E(1)-phytoprostanes (PPE(1)) were identified to modulate dendritic cell (DC) function: PPE(1) inhibit the DC's capacity to produce IL-12 and enhance DC(More)
Pollen allergy is characterized by a T(H)2-biased immune response to pollen-derived allergens. However, pollen-exposed epithelia do not encounter pure allergen but rather a plethora of protein and non-protein substances. We demonstrated that pollen liberate lipids with chemical and functional similarities to leukotriens and prostaglandins--the pollen(More)
Copy number variations (CNVs) as described in the healthy population are purported to contribute significantly to genetic heterogeneity. Recent studies have described CNVs using lymphoblastoid cell lines or by application of specifically developed algorithms to interrogate previously described data. However, the full extent of CNVs remains unclear. Using(More)
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