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The pp65(495-503) cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) epitope from cytomegalovirus (CMV) is universally recognized among CMV+ individuals who express an allele of the human leukocyte antigen A (HLA-A*0201). The relative binding affinity of the epitope to HLA-A*0201 is moderate, and its increased activity might prove beneficial in its use as a CTL epitope vaccine.(More)
This is the first report on the detection of IL-18, IFN-gamma and IL-10 proteins in hepatocelllular carcinoma. In the apparently normal surrounding tissue, 13 out of 17 paired specimens showed positive immunoreactivity to IL-18 (76.5%) compared with six out of 17 in the tumour portion (35.3% of specimens). Thus, a significantly higher number of IL-18(More)
Infliximab is a chimeric, murine-human, monoclonal antibody against tumor necrosis alpha which has shown great efficacy in the treatment of psoriasis. Serum sickness, which is an immune complex mediated syndrome consisting of a cutaneous eruption, fever, arthritis, edema, and lymphadenopathy, has been described in several patients receiving infliximab for(More)
BACKGROUND Modification of a donor cornea by gene therapy ex vivo has potential to modulate irreversible rejection, the major cause of corneal graft failure. Our aim was to transfer the gene encoding mammalian IL-10 to ovine donor corneas and to determine subsequent orthotopic corneal allograft survival in an outbred sheep model. METHODS The replicative(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to the known beneficial effects of ascorbic acid on wound healing and the immune response, it is also a potent extracellular antioxidant. Recent work in septic rats suggests that high-dose ascorbic acid total parenteral nutrition (TPN) supplementation may protect cells from free radical injury and improve survival. In this study, we(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the potential correlation between the expression of phosphorylated glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (phospho-GSK-3beta) and beta-catenin, and the mutations of beta-catenin gene at the consensus GSK-3beta phosphorylation site. The reason for this approach is to gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of(More)
Vaccination using cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes has become a widely used immunization strategy, especially because their structure makes them an attractive alternative to the delivery of whole proteins as immunogens. Nonetheless, their use is limited, in particular because of their specificity, being recognized only by cognate HLA alleles. The(More)
Human myeloid DC were generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells by monocyte adhesion and subsequent culture with rhGM-CSF and rhIL-4. We transduced immature (day 5 of culture) myeloid DC with an E1-deleted replication-deficient adenoviral vector encoding the cytokine IL-10 (AdV IL-10) and a control adenovirus MX-17 (AdV MX 17). Human DC transduced(More)