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We have investigated the role of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) in the regulation of antigen-specific T-cell function in patients with cow's milk allergy. The study population consisted of 22 patients, aged from 7.6 to 56.9 months, who had challenge-proven cow's milk allergy (CMA) manifested with either skin (n = 9) or gastrointestinal (n = 13) symptoms. In(More)
We sought a relationship between total and cow's milk-specific IgA levels in colostrum and human milk and subsequent development of cow's milk allergy (CMA) in the breast-fed infant. The study included 87 nursing mothers and their infants (age, 2 d to 7 mo), followed prospectively up to 1 y. At 1 y, 48 mothers (69% with an atopic constitution) had an infant(More)
BACKGROUND Food allergy is contemplated in atopic eczema. Early recognition of food allergies is difficult and the diagnosis is often missed because of the non-specificity of symptoms. New non-invasive tests are clearly needed. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS We measured the concentrations of tumour necrosis factor-alpha, eosinophil cationic protein and alpha-1(More)
OBJECTIVE The release of proinflammatory cytokines has been shown to be associated with the development of complications after coronary artery bypass grafting with cardiopulmonary bypass. The purpose of the present study was to establish whether ischemic preconditioning (IP) could limit inflammatory cytokines release in patients undergoing elective coronary(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of allergic intestinal inflammation in infants with food allergy and atopic eczema before and after elimination diet, and to evaluate the use of eosinophil protein X (EPX) and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in the monitoring of inflammatory activity. METHODS The study material comprised 25(More)
BACKGROUND The precise role of leucocytes in human milk is still unresolved. OBJECTIVE To assist in clarifying the immune mechanisms involved in the development of CMA in suckling infants, we studied the role of immunoregulatory leucocytes and their mediators in human breast milk. METHODS The study population consisted of 43 lactating mothers and their(More)
Human Lactobacillus sp strain GG (Lactobacillus GG) administered during acute rotavirus diarrhea has been shown to promote clinical recovery. To elucidate the immune mechanisms behind such a favorable outcome, the ELISPOT (solid phase enzyme-linked immunospot) assay of Ig- and specific antibody-secreting cells among circulating lymphocytes was used, giving(More)
PURPOSE Increased concentrations of the nervous-system-specific proteins neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and S-100 protein (S-100) have been measured with lesions in the CNS. Elevated levels of serum NSE (s-NSE) have been found in status epilepticus, but also after single epileptic seizures. Because larger studies addressing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels(More)
We investigated the influence of plasma concentrations of immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgA, IgM, IgG subclasses and mannan-binding lectin (MBL) on susceptibility to infection in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Of 28 patients with CLL, increased susceptibility to infection was recorded in nine. Four of them (44%) had hypogammaglobulinemia as(More)
PURPOSE The increased prevalence of autoantibodies in patients with epilepsy has been traditionally regarded to be a consequence of antiepileptic drugs. The purpose of this study was to measure autoantibodies in well-defined groups of patients with seizures to determine the effects of epilepsy and antiepileptic medications on the presence of autoantibodies.(More)