R K Thomson

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Acute liver failure arises from an imbalance between liver cell death and regeneration. The severity of the insult determines whether liver cells die by apoptosis or necrosis, and this in turn affects the magnitude of the inflammatory reaction. Liver cell death occurs through complex cellular interactions and is mediated by immunological, inflammatory and(More)
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a liver disease characterized by serum autoantibodies against the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) located in the inner mitochondrial membrane. The predominant target in PDC has previously been localized to the inner lipoyl domain (ILD) of the E2 subunit. The etiology of PBC is unknown, although molecular mimicry with(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Autoantibodies with specificity for the E2 component of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC-E2) are commonly present in primary biliary cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to generate and characterise human anti-PDC-E2 monoclonal antibodies and analyse immunoglobulin gene usage and mutation for clues to pathogenesis. METHODS(More)
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