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Ghrelin is an acyl-peptide gastric hormone acting on the pituitary and hypothalamus to stimulate growth hormone (GH) release, adiposity, and appetite. Ghrelin endocrine activities are entirely dependent on its acylation and are mediated by GH secretagogue (GHS) receptor (GHSR)-1a, a G protein-coupled receptor mostly expressed in the pituitary and(More)
BACKGROUND Fas (CD95) triggers programmed cell death and is involved in shutting off the immune response. Inherited deleterious mutations hitting Fas or its signaling pathway cause autoimmune/lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS). OBJECTIVE To assess the possibility that decreased Fas function plays a role in development of MS. METHODS The authors(More)
Fas (CD95) is a transmembrane molecule that induces programmed cell death (PCD) of lymphocytes. We examined its function in children with chronic thrombocytopenia, serum autoantibodies, and lymphadenopathy and/or splenomegaly. We found that T-cell lines from six of seven patients with this autoimmune/lymphoproliferative disease (ALD) were relatively(More)
Fas (CD95) triggers programmed cell death and is involved in cell-mediated cytotoxicity and in shutting off the immune response. Inherited loss-of-function mutations hitting the Fas system cause the autoimmune/lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS). We have recently shown that ALPS patients' families display increased frequency of common autoimmune diseases,(More)
CD44 is a family of mucin-like membrane proteins generated by alternative splicing of several exons, and participate in T cell adhesion and activation. CD44-mediated signaling involves activation of p56(lck) and leads to ZAP-70 phosphorylation. The aim of the present study was to identify the signaling pathways that follow CD44-triggered ZAP-70(More)
Fas/Apo-1 (CD95) triggers programmed cell death (PCD) and is involved in immune response control and cell-mediated cytotoxicity. In the autoimmune/lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), inherited loss-of-function mutations of the Fas gene cause nonmalignant lymphoproliferation and autoimmunity. We have recently identified an ALPS-like clinical pattern (named(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate predictors of incomplete recovery after the first attacks in a cohort of patients with clinically isolated syndrome or relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. METHODS Seventy-two consecutive patients recruited from January 2001 to December 2003, evaluated every six months or at any relapse up to 31 July 2005. Relapse(More)
This work extends our previous finding that lymphocyte treatment with gp120IIIB specifically induces CD4 association with several surface molecules to other molecules and to three other gp120s from different HIV-1 strains. The ability to induce this association was displayed by the four gp120s employed, i.e. gp120IIIB, gp120SF2, gp120MN and gp120(451), and(More)
INTRODUCTION In acquired immune deficiency syndrome patients, apoptosis of uninfected lymphocytes may contribute to development of immune deficiency. This process may involve recruitment of Fas by human immunodeficiency virus products. In line with this possibility, the viral envelope glycoprotein gp120 does not induce death of T cells from subjects with(More)
The recently cloned CD28-like molecule ICOS displays striking similarities with H4, characterized some years ago in the mouse and recently in humans. Both molecules are selectively expressed by activated and germinal center T cells, display similar structure, and display co-stimulatory activities. H4 displays lateral association with the CD3/TCR and is(More)