R. P. Lisner

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OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection of cells within the synovial membrane contributes to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Biopsy samples of synovial membrane from 37 patients with RA and from 51 patients with other joint diseases were studied for evidence of EBV infection using in situ(More)
The association of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) with a proportion of gastric carcinomas is well established. The role of EBV in conditions predisposing to carcinoma such as chronic gastritis has remained undefined, however. We used in situ hybridization with radioactive and nonradioactive single-stranded RNA probes specific for the EBV small latent nuclear(More)
This paper reports the case of a patient with a composite lymphoma consisting of nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's disease and peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells harboured the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and displayed a type II EBV latency (LMP1(+)/EBNA2(-)), whereas the neoplastic T-cells were EBV-negative. Four years later, the(More)
Cytokines and chemokines including interleukin-6 (IL-6) and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) are secreted in response to major abdominal operations. The aim of this study was to identify the peritoneal cells that produce IL-6 and MCP-1. Samples of peritoneal tissue were taken from patients at the beginning and end of major abdominal operations.(More)
Efficiency of lymphoma induction by herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) isolates correlates with the genetically defined viral subgroups A, B, and C. To compare subgroup-specific effects, highly susceptible tamarins were infected with HVS strain A-11, B-SMHI, or C-488. All animals developed T-cell lymphomas indistinguishable with respect to clinical, pathological,(More)
The expression of the recombination activating genes (RAG1 and RAG2) is largely restricted to immature lymphoid cells. Previous studies have suggested that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection may lead to a re-induction of RAG expression in mature B lymphocytes. To assess the significance of this mechanism for the pathogenesis of malignant lymphomas, we have(More)
It has been suggested that recombination activating gene (RAG)-dependent revision of the immunoglobulin genes in germinal centres may contribute to local production of autoantibodies in Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To test this hypothesis we examined HT and RA tissues for expression of RAG and terminal deoxynucleotidyl(More)
Acoustic noise produced by electrical machines is not only a nuisance to the listener, but can also pose a significant health risk to humans. In the workplace in particular, acoustic noise emitted from electric motors has become a recognized health hazard, especially for persons who are exposed to noisy environments for long periods of time. In many(More)