Mary L. Huggins

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OBJECTIVE To describe the effect of Etanercept treatment in systemic AA amyloidosis in tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS). METHODS Etanercept therapy was given to a 27 year old woman, with systemic amyloidosis and nephrotic syndrome, and to her 51 year old father, also affected by TRAPS, who had previously undergone renal(More)
Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disorder involving autosomal-dominant missense mutations in TNF receptor superfamily 1A (TNFRSF1A) ectodomains. To elucidate the molecular effects of TRAPS-related mutations, we transfected HEK-293 cells to produce lines stably expressing high levels(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of mutations in tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily 1A (TNFRSF1A) on the ability of the receptors to be cleaved from the cell surface upon stimulation. The mutations we studied are associated with clinically distinct forms of TNF receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS). We also investigated different cell(More)
Endothelial monocyte-activating polypeptide-II (EMAP-II) was first isolated from cell growth medium conditioned by tumor cells, and is closely related or identical with the p43 component of the mammalian multisynthase complex. In its secreted form, EMAP-II has multiple cytokine-like activities in vitro, inducing procoagulant activity on the surface of(More)
APIS is a software package based on mathematical modelling which provides a reliable approach in optimizing drug therapy. It was designed to assist clinicians in interpreting blood drug levels so that drug therapy may be better and more cost-effective. It is a methodological approach to describe, predict and control the kinetic behaviour of a drug. This(More)
The production of type 1 (IFN-gamma, IL-2) and type 2 (IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-13) cytokines by CD8(-) and CD8(+) T cells from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and normal subjects was investigated using an intracellular cytokine-staining technique. This flow cytometric method facilitates analysis of both surface markers and cytoplasmic cytokines,(More)
SLE is an autoimmune disease characterized by a wide range of anti-cellular and anti-nuclear autoantibodies. Many of these antigens are exposed or altered during apoptosis when the nucleus is dismantled in a controlled manner by caspases. We used Western blotting techniques to demonstrate that autoantibodies in SLE sera recognize antigens released during(More)
The in vitro effects on human dermal fibroblasts and the U937 human monocytic cell line of three phases of electrical microcurrents generated by the ACE Stimulator were investigated. The growth and viability of growing and confluent dermal fibroblasts were not directly influenced by the separate microcurrent phases. One form of microcurrent (designated(More)
A link between Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been suggested. However, recent advances in molecular technology now permit more detailed analysis. Sera from SLE patients were tested for antibodies to several EBV antigens and had a significantly higher prevalence of immunoglobulin G antibodies against EBV early antigens(More)
Recent studies indicate that normal B cells can be primed to differentiate into two distinct cytokine-secreting effector subsets, Be1 and Be2. The aim of this study was to analyse, for the first time, Be1 and Be2 cells at the single cell level in SLE patients using the recently developed technique of flow cytometry for intracellular cytokines. Peripheral(More)