Ruta Kwiatkowski

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Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The nucleotide-binding oligomerisation domain 2 protein (NOD2) has recently been recognised as a non-redundant recognition mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 15 gene (CARD15), which encodes the NOD2 protein, is a susceptibility gene for(More)
Tuberculosis and sarcoidosis show phenotypic features of granulomatous disease. The bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis can induce the expression of the sarcoidosis susceptibility gene BTNL2 in monocyte-derived macrophages. BTNL2 was therefore investigated as a candidate gene for tuberculosis in a case-control association study in the South African(More)
AIM To investigate the frequency of NOD2, IL23R and ATG16L1 genetic variants in a case-control panel for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from Lithuania. METHODS One hundred and eighty unrelated IBD patients [57 Crohn's disease (CD) and 123 ulcerative colitis (UC)] and 186 healthy controls were genotyped for the following known genetic susceptibility(More)
Functional annotation of SNPs (as generated by HapMap (http://www.hapmap.org) for instance) is a major challenge. SNPs that lead to single amino acid substitutions, stop codons, or frameshift mutations can be readily interpreted, but these represent only a fraction of known SNPs. Many SNPs are located in sequences of splicing relevance-the canonical splice(More)
This technical report presents the recent progress in the design and construction of a closed loop automated seating system. Preliminary test results are reported. The system is designed to measure seating surface forces and control the seating surface geometry of a seated human. It uses force information as feedback to determine custom seating contours(More)
Sarcoidosis is a multi-factorial systemic disease of granulomatous inflammation. Current concepts of the aetiology include interactions of unknown environmental triggers with an inherited susceptibility. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are main components of innate immunity and therefore TLR genes are candidate susceptibility genes in sarcoidosis. Ten members of(More)
BACKGROUND Primary gastric B-cell lymphomas arise from mucosa-associated lymphatic tissue (MALT) in patients with chronic Helicobacter pylori infection. We investigated whether germline variants in the CDH1 gene, coding for E-cadherin, genetically predispose patients to primary gastric B-cell lymphoma. DESIGN AND METHODS Single marker analyses of the CDH1(More)
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