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Ezrin is a cytoplasmic linker molecule between plasma membrane components and the actin-containing cytoskeleton. We studied whether ezrin is associated with intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1, -2, and -3. In transfected cells, ICAM-1 and ICAM-2 colocalized with ezrin in microvillar projections, whereas an ICAM-1 construct attached to cell membrane via(More)
Intercellular adhesion molecule-2 (ICAM-2) functions as a ligand for lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) and is involved in leukocyte adhesion. We studied intracellular associations of ICAM-2 using a peptide encompassing the cytoplasmic amino acids 231-254 as an affinity matrix. Among the proteins from placental lysates that bound to the(More)
The number of decayed, missed and filled permanent teeth (DMFT), the degree of periodontal inflammation (Periodontal Status Index, PSI), stimulated salivary flow rate and the concentrations of total protein, lactoferrin, lysozyme, myeloperoxidase, salivary peroxidase, calcium, potassium, sodium and thiocyanate in whole saliva of 26 adult asthma patients(More)
Accelerated atherosclerosis in diabetes has been suggested as being due to an enhanced oxidative modification of LDL. We hypothesized that the titers of autoantibodies against oxidized LDL (oxLDL) may be increased in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and that they may contribute to various manifestations of atherosclerosis among(More)
UNLABELLED Saliva is frequently used as a diagnostic fluid and several collection devices have been developed. OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to investigate the validity and reliability of two types of Salivette collection kits (non-covered cotton roll and polypropylene covered polyether roll) relative to conventional collection of saliva(More)
We studied the tissue distribution and cellular localization of 5 alpha-reductase 2, the human prostatic isoenzyme, in different human tissues, both cryostat-sectioned and paraffin-embedded. Polyclonal antibodies raised in rabbits against a native peptide (C-terminal amino acids 229-254) or synthetic peptides (amino acids 234-245), either as(More)
Serum and salivary total IgA, IgG and IgM as well as salivary innate non-immunoglobulin antimicrobial factors (lysozyme, lactoferrin, salivary and leukocyte peroxidase systems) were measured in 13 children prone to recurrent respiratory infections and compared to their age-matched healthy controls. Serum IgG and IgM levels were significantly elevated and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine the longitudinal association of selected non-immune anti-microbial host factors (peroxidases, lysozyme and lactoferrin) to the localized juvenile periodontitis (LJP) disease status. MATERIALS AND METHODS Peroxidases, lysozyme and lactoferrin were quantitated from seven patients with LJP before and after(More)
Studies of oral health in patients with common variable immunodeficiency have given controversial results. Obviously, one major factor modifying the oral health of these patients is saliva, in which the antibody-mediated defense is remarkably impaired compared to that of healthy subjects. However, the occurrence of nonimmunoglobulin (innate) antimicrobial(More)