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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in industrial counties. Recent findings indicate that the autoimmunity is involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. However, there is no autoantibody biomarker applied in a clinical setting for diagnosis and prognosis of AMD. In order to reveal retinal antigens targeted(More)
Allergic conjunctivitis is in actuality a group of diseases affecting the ocular surface and is usually associated with type 1 hypersensitivity reactions. Two acute disorders, seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and perennial allergic conjunctivitis, exist, as do 3 chronic diseases, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, and giant papillary(More)
The class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules function in the presentation of processed peptides to helper T cells. As most mammalian cells can endocytose and process foreign antigen, the critical determinant of an antigen-presenting cell is its ability to express class II MHC molecules. Expression of these molecules is usually restricted to(More)
Atopy, which predisposes individuals to develop asthma, severe systemic anaphylaxis, and atopic dermatitis, is usually associated with dramatically elevated total serum IgE levels and is thought to be controlled by a major susceptibility gene and multiple minor susceptibility genes. A recent sib-pair analysis revealed a tight linkage between markers on(More)
Chemokines, representing a large superfamily of 8- to 15-kd proteins, were originally discovered through their ability to recruit various cell types into sites of inflammation. It is now clear that these molecules play a much wider role in immune homeostasis, playing key roles in driving the maturation, homing, and activation of leukocytes. In this review(More)
The chemokine RANTES is a potent chemoattractant for eosinophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes, and has been detected recently in the epithelium of human airways mucosa. We have studied, therefore, the expression of RANTES mRNA and protein in the human bronchial epithelial cell line BEAS-2B. Using Northern blot analysis, RANTES mRNA was not detectable in(More)
Purified human basophils have been examined for secretion of IL-4 protein and expression of IL-4 mRNA after stimulation with several secretagogues. In general, these studies used a 15-min preincubation with IL-3, before challenge with secretagogues. Under these conditions, IL-4 release averaged 30 pg/10(6) basophils (range 4-70) after challenge with(More)
Autoantibody production is associated with a variety of ocular disorders, including autoimmune retinopathy (AIR) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A breakdown of immunologic tolerance (ocular immune privilege), including the blood-retinal barrier, anti-immune and anti-inflammatory proteins, and anterior chamber-associated immune deviation may play(More)
The spontaneous development of diabetes in the Bio-Breeding (BB) rat is an excellent model of human insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Disease expression is dependent on several genetically determined abnormalities, including specific major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. At least one MHC class II locus of the U haplotype is a necessary,(More)
The paired-like homeodomain transcription factor CRX (cone-rod homeobox) is involved in regulating photoreceptor gene expression and rod outer segment development. Mutations in CRX have been associated with several retinal degenerative diseases. These conditions range from Leber congenital amaurosis (a severe cone and rod degeneration of childhood onset) to(More)