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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the correlation between the presence of antibodies to an endogenous retroviral element-encoded nuclear protein autoantigen, HRES-1, and the presence of other antinuclear antibodies and HLA class II alleles in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and overlap syndromes. METHODS Antibody reactivities to native and(More)
The study examined the relationship between positive life orientation (PLO) and recovery from a recent myocardial infarction (MI), i.e. heart attack. PLO was defined as a predisposition to selectively focus one's attention on the brighter side of any situation. An 11-item measure of PLO was developed. Seventy male patients of first MI receiving treatment at(More)
As we approach the 21st century, there is an increasing worldwide awareness and threat regarding the use of biological warfare agents both for war and terrorist attack. Biological agents include microorganisms or biological toxins that are used to produce death in humans, animals and plants. They are characterized by low visibility, high potency,(More)
Antinuclear autoantibodies are a hallmark of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Autoantibodies to HRES-1/p28, a 28 000 M(r) nuclear protein, commonly occur in patients with SLE. HRES-1 is a single-copy endogenous retroviral element mapped to human Chromosome 1 at q42. A polymorphic Hin dIII site defines two different allelic forms of the genomic locus. The(More)
Amylases are among the most important enzymes in present-day biotechnology. The effects of various carbon and nitrogen sources on α-amylase production by submerged fermentation (smF) from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens was investigated. The study revealed that the levels of the α-amylase production varied greatly with the type and concentration of carbon and(More)
A 9 year old Libyan boy presented with a history of delayed walking and abnormal gait. The presence of marked muscle under-development with hypotonia led to the initial diagnosis of primary muscle disease; later, he was found to have hyperelastic, fragile skin and hypermobile joints-the cardinal features of Ehlers Danlos syndrome. In this instance the(More)
Pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength was assessed in 29 hemodialysis patients who underwent successful renal transplantation. These tests were performed 7 days prior to transplantation, 30 days following transplantation, and 90 days posttransplantation. Patients with end-stage renal disease showed dyspnea, a restrictive defect in pulmonary(More)