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Mucification of the cumulus layer around the oocyte is an obligatory process for female fertility. Tumor necrosis factor-induced protein-6 (TNFIP6 or TSG6) has been shown to be specifically expressed during this process. We have generated TNFIP6-deficient mice and tested the ability of their cumulus cells to undergo mucification. Cumulus cell-oocyte(More)
OBJECTIVE Associations have been found between ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and polymorphisms in the aminopeptidase regulator of TNFR1 shedding (ARTS1) gene. We studied the association of 5 polymorphisms within the ARTS1 gene with AS in Hungarian patients. We also investigated the prevalence of HLA-B27 subtypes in the Hungarian population. METHODS A(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients with advanced ankylosing spondylitis (AS) experience disability because of reduced spinal mobility and pulmonary function impairment. This placebo-controlled study evaluated the effect of etanercept (ETN) in patients with advanced AS. METHODS A multicentre randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 12 weeks' duration was(More)
Numerous autoimmune-inflammatory rheumatic diseases have been associated with accelerated atherosclerosis or other types of vasculopathy leading to increased cardio- and cerebrovascular disease risk. Traditional risk factors, as well as the role of systemic inflammation including cytokines, chemokines, proteases, autoantibodies, adhesion receptors and(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)
OBJECTIVE Studies indicate that ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as well as rheumatoid arthritis, may be associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and vascular disease. We assessed endothelial dysfunction, carotid atherosclerosis, and aortic stiffness in AS in context with clinical and laboratory measurements. METHODS Forty-three patients with AS and 40(More)
Physical therapy in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is important for maintaining or improving mobility, fitness, functioning, and global health. It also plays a role in the prevention and management of structural deformities. In this study we assessed the functional status of AS patients in relation to disease duration and activity. Furthermore, in volunteering(More)
The effects of adenosine and subtype-specific activators of adenosine receptors (A1, A2A, A2B and A3) were studied on the release of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) from peripheral mononuclear cells, monocytes and lymphocytes. In the cells activated by the protein kinase C specific phorbol ester (phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate) and Ca(2+) ionophore (A23187)(More)
Biologics are highly effective in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). In this self-controlled study, we assessed the additive value of complex physiotherapy in decreasing chest pain and tenderness and improving respiratory function in AS patients treated with tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) inhibitors. The trial consisted of 2 parts. In study I, clinical data of(More)
The objectives of this study were to assess the costs of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in Hungary and to identify key cost drivers among demographic and clinical variables and to compare cost-of-illness of PsA and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Cross-sectional retrospective survey of 183 consecutive patients from eight rheumatology centres was conducted. Mean(More)