Rodes Hart

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The tripeptide thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) works as a hypothalamic hormone, but is found also outside the brain in intrinsic nerve fibers of the gastrointestinal tract. There is evidence that TRH modulates the activity of immunocompetent cells, although there are only very few data on TRH-mediated immune effector functions. Since we could recently(More)
Outpatients (n = 15) with metastasizing far advanced colorectal cancers received immunotherapy consisting of low-dose cyclophosphamide (LDCY) 300 mg/m2 every 28 days i.v., thymostimulin 30 mg/m2, days 3-10 after low-dose cyclophosphamide i.m. once daily, then twice a week, and echinacin 60 mg/m2 together with thymostimulin i.m. All patients had had previous(More)
Recently, we have demonstrated a substance P (SP)-dependent modulation of in vitro IgM and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) secretion by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells, as well as lymphokine activities in supernatants of cultured duodenal mucosa. Therefore we investigated other local immunoregulatory effects of SP. Duodenal biopsies of 7 healthy(More)
Clinical and epidemiological evidence exists that subjects who chronically abuse alcohol are disposed to infections and certain types of cancer. In vitro inhibition of mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation has been shown suggesting a direct immunosuppressive effect of ethanol. Using human peripheral blood mononuclear cells we could demonstrate in vitro(More)
Substance P (SP), a neuropeptide widely distributed in the organism, has been shown to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation and immunoglobulin synthesis. However, the effect of SP on specific lymphokines is unknown. Therefore we investigated the influence of SP on mitogen-induced interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) production in vitro. Peripheral blood mononuclear(More)
Activated lymphocytes secrete soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R); CD8-positive lymphocytes secrete soluble CD8 (sCD8). Liver dysfunction in cirrhosis and obstructive jaundice is known to result in depressed cellular immunity. To evaluate whether this is due to real inactivation of the immune system, we measured sIL-2R and sCD8 in the serum of 46(More)
A duodenal biopsy culture technique was used to investigate the effect of substance P on lymphokine secretion by the human gut associated lymphoid tissue. Duodenal biopsies of 7 healthy volunteers were cultured in 1 ml medium each with Pokeweed mitogen (1 microgram/ml) for 4 days at 37 degrees C. Substance P (SP) was added in concentrations ranging from(More)
Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) inhibits many effects of interleukin (IL)-4. Its production largely parallels cell proliferation but is regulated independently. As IL-4 inhibits several IL-2-induced effects including proliferation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells, we investigated its influence on the IL-2-induced IFN gamma production. We found that(More)
Outpatients with inoperable far advanced hepato-cellular carcinomas (n = 5) were treated with LDCY--300 mg/m2 i.v. every 28 days-, echinacin--60 mg/m2 i.m.--and thymostimulin--30 mg/m2 i.m., day 3-10 after LDCY, then twice a week. Therapy was well tolerated by all patients. Their Karnofsky' index increased for 10% in the mean. A stable disease for more than(More)