Mykolas Mauricas

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Melatonin is a hormone that has immunomodulatory activity and is believed to influence the production of antibodies in mammals. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of suppressed melatonin synthesis on the antibody production. BALB/c mice were immunized with T-cell-dependent (TD) and T-cell-independent (TI) antigens and kept under (i)(More)
Objective To identify and evaluate the correlation between leukocyte count in maternal blood and the risk of developing fetal inflammatory response syndrome (FIRS). Patients and methods The study involved 158 infants born at 22 - 34 weeks of gestation and their mothers. Umbilical cord blood cytokines were evaluated in immunoassay tests and maternal blood(More)
Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) and interleukin 4, 10 and 12 (IL-4, -10, -12) production was measured in whole peripheral blood (WPB) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of 10 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. The level of IFN gamma in supernatants in mitogen-activated WPB was lower than in healthy donors. IL-10 served as a possible downregulative(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the significance of pre-treatment levels of peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets for survival of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients treated with interferon-a2b (IFN). PATIENTS AND METHODS CD3+, CD19+, CD16&56+, CD4+, CD8+, CD4+CD45ROhigh and CD8highCD57+ lymphocyte subsets in peripheral blood(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to evaluate the significance of CD8highCD57+ lymphocytes for the survival of high risk melanoma patients treated with adjuvant interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha). PATIENTS AND METHODS The prognostic significance of peripheral blood CD8highCD57+ lymphocyte levels for survival was analysed retrospectively in 16(More)
Pig chlamydiosis is antrophozoonosis caused by Chlamydophila abortus. Chlamydias (C type) are widely found in nature and can infect humans, domestic and wild mammals, and 139 types of birds. The peculiar feature of chlamydias is the tropism to different tissues, organs and organisms. In 2502 pig blood sera tests from Lithuanian farms, anti-chlamydia(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to evaluate the recurrence-preventing effect of intravesical instillations of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder carcinoma. In addition, this study aimed to determine the significance of immune parameters for recurrence-free interval. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-six patients with(More)
This review focuses on the relationship between pre-treatment immune parameter values and outcome of immunotherapy of cancer patients. The evidence presented in this review suggests that there is a relationship between pre-treatment immune parameter values and survival of cancer patients treated with immunotherapy. Tumour-infiltrating immune cells may have(More)
AIM β-Glucan is one of the most abundant polymers in nature and has been established as an immunomodulator. This compound has notable physiological effects on mammalian immune systems, including anti-tumor and anti-infective activities and can activate the immune response. It is considered that the immune-stimulating activities of β-glucan can depend on(More)
Presently available flow cytometric methods of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdUrd) labelling do not provide information on the cell cycle time (TC) and the growth fraction (GF). In this paper, we describe a novel and simple method to estimate TC and GF from flow cytometric analysis of a single tumour sample after BrdUrd labelling. The proposed method is based on two(More)