Petya Dimitrova

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INTRODUCTION Properdin amplifies the alternative pathway of complement activation. In the present study, we evaluated its role in the development of collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA). METHODS Arthritis was induced by intraperitoneal injection of a collagen antibody cocktail into properdin-deficient (KO) and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice. Symptoms(More)
INTRODUCTION Glucosamine is an amino-monosaccharide and precursor of glycosaminoglycans, major components of joint cartilage. Glucosamine has been clinically introduced for the treatment of osteoarthritis but the data about its protective role in disease are insufficient. The goal of this study was to investigate the effect of long term administration of(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes, pathogens which can cause severe infectious disease in human, were used to infect properdin-deficient and wildtype mice. The aim was to deduce a role for properdin, positive regulator of the alternative pathway of complement activation, by comparing and contrasting the immune response of the two genotypes(More)
Verbascum species are widely used in folk medicine because of their broad range of biological activities. Harpagoside, an iridoid glycoside isolated from some Verbascum plants is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the present study, the effect of five extracts of Verbascum species and harpagosides were evaluated in mouse models of acute and(More)
We investigated the ability of neutrophils to express receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL), to secrete osteoprotegerin (OPG), and to produce IL-17. Arthritis was induced by intra-articular injection of zymosan, a ligand for Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2). Frequencies of neutrophils in bone marrow (BM), blood and synovial fluid (SF),(More)
Two isochinoline alkaloids, glaucine and oxoglaucine were investigated for their suggested anti-inflammatory influence concerning nitric oxide and cytokine production. Mouse peritoneal macrophages were stimulated with different Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands such as LPS for TLR4, zymosan for TLR2 and CpG for TLR9. The alkaloids inhibited TNF-alpha and(More)
A novel Cu/Zn-containing superoxide dismutase (SOD) was isolated from the fungal strain Humicola lutea 103. Previously, a protective effect of this enzyme (HLSOD) against tumor growth and also superoxide production in Graffi tumor-bearing hamsters (TBH) were established. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of HLSOD on the activity of(More)
We investigated the effect of interleukin (IL)-17 on Ly6G(+) cell apoptosis in zymosan-induced arthritis (ZIA) and oedema (ZIO). Zymosan injection at the ankle joint caused swelling and coincided with histological joint alterations and IL-17A expression in areas with cell infiltrates. Flow cytometry of blood demonstrated increased frequencies of(More)
This study was designed to examine the potential ability of Candida albicans DNA to influence joint inflammation in a mouse model of zymosan-induced arthritis (ZIA) relating to Toll-like receptor-9 (TLR9) expression and cytokine production in different compartments. To induce ZIA, mice were injected in the ankle joint with 180 μg zymosan. TLR9 expression in(More)