Sándor Baráth

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by increased pathologic autoantibody production. A decrease in the number of CD4+CD25(high)FoxP3+ regulatory T cells can play a key role in the loss of tolerance to self antigens. Our aim was to determine the absolute number of peripheral CD4+CD25(high)FoxP3+ T cells in 44(More)
Naïve and memory B- and T-cell subsets were examined with three-color flow cytometry in the peripheral blood of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in comparison with healthy controls, and their association with disease duration, activity and autoantibodies was investigated in order to reveal potential imprints of antigen-specific immune response in RA.(More)
Abnormalities of regulatory T cells may play an important role in the loss of self-tolerance, which is a major characteristic of lupus. The objective of this study was to determine the ratio and the number of natural CD4+CD25highFoxp3+ and inducible CD4+IL-10+ regulatory T cells in lupus patients and to search correlation with disease activity. Seventy-two(More)
The aim of the present study was to describe subsets of cells with regulatory properties in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), and to correlate these cell populations with clinical symptoms. Among the 32 investigated patients, 23 had extraglandular manifestations (EGMs), while nine had only glandular symptoms. Twenty healthy individuals served as controls.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the genetic, clinical and serological characteristics of systemic sclerosis (SSc)-rheumatoid arthritis (RA) overlap syndrome. METHODS Clinical manifestations and immunolaboratory features of 22 SSc-RA patients were assessed. The HLA-DR genotype of the 22 SSc-RA patients determined by SSP-PCR was compared with that of 38 SSc(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate a wide spectrum of peripheral immune-competent cell types, reflecting overall disturbances in immune homeostasis, characteristic of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We also assessed visceral organ involvement and evaluated the relationship between cell proportions and clinical symptoms of the disease. METHODS(More)
The objective of the study was to investigate the possibility whether the in vitro treatment with vitamin D3 can restore the impaired expression of protein kinase C (PKC) isoenzymes and IL-2 production in the lymphocytes of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Purified T lymphocytes from 14 patients with SLE and 13 healthy controls were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the percentage and absolute number of CD4+ regulatory T-cells (Treg) in 48 patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). METHODS Data were classified on the basis of the stage of the disease: 17 patients were in the active stage and 31 in the inactive stage. The absolute number of CD4+/intracellular interleukin-10+ (IL-10+)(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the frequency of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). METHODS The study population consisted of 71 patients with MCTD (69 female; 2 male), with a mean age of 57.1 +/- 7.9 years and a mean disease duration of 14.5 +/- 8.0 years. All patients underwent audiological evaluation(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to evaluate the vitamin D status in patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) and to determine which clinical symptoms, laboratory parameters and endothelial cell markers are associated with low vitamin D levels. METHODS 125 female MCTD patients and 48 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were(More)