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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)
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)
We analyzed the radiation-induced changes in the flow rate and protein composition of stimulated whole saliva in eleven patients treated for malignant conditions of the head and neck. In all patients the radiation field covered all major salivary glands and a large area of the oral mucosa. Paraffin-stimulated whole saliva samples were collected once 2 to 21(More)
Previous studies of the possible associations of salivary antimicrobial agents with dental caries have given controversial results, obviously mainly because almost all studies have been cross-sectional. Our aim was to find out, in a two-year longitudinal follow-up study, the associations among selected salivary non-immune and immune antimicrobial variables,(More)
To contrast the previously described distribution of 5 alpha-reductase isoenzyme 2 in human organs we have raised synthetic C-terminal peptides of human 5 alpha-reductase isoenzyme 1 (h 5 alpha r1) and isoenzyme 2 (h 5 alpha r2) respectively, and studied the cellular and subcellular distribution of both isoforms of this key enzyme of testosterone metabolism(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)
Previous studies have suggested that enterovirus infections during pregnancy may increase the risk of type 1 diabetes in the offspring. Our aim was to evaluate the role of first trimester enterovirus infections in a larger cohort of pregnant women. Two series of pregnant women were analyzed as follows: 948 women (series 1) and 680 women (series 2) whose(More)
OBJECTIVE Gluten-derived peptides (e.g., amino-acids 31-49 of alpha-gliadin) have been shown to cause changes typical of celiac disease in the gut. Gluten-derived peptides have mostly been used in in vitro studies. The easiest access to the gastrointestinal system may be the mouth. In the present study we were interested to see whether a synthetic peptide(More)
The association of salivary antibody (total IgA, IgG, and IgM and antibodies reactive with Streptococcus mutans) and non-antibody (lysozyme, lactoferrin, salivary peroxidase, myeloperoxidase, hypothiocyanite, thiocyanate) defense factors with oral health (past and present dental caries, gingival bleeding, the number of salivary S. mutans and lactobacilli)(More)