Simone Dietz

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Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is an indolent lymphoma usually of CD4+ T lymphocytes in which the aggressive treatment for the advanced stages does not increase survival. Photopheresis has been established as an alternative modality for the therapy of erythrodermic CTCL and reportedly improves survival in patients with advanced stages of the disease. The(More)
Adhesion molecules such as integrins and cadherins are thought to play a critical role in T-cell migration and localization within the epidermis (epidermotropism). The purpose of this study was to correlate T-cell expression of the integrin CD103 and E-cadherin in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Serial sections of skin biopsies from 22 patients with CTCL(More)
BACKGROUND Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (LpPLA2) is a lipoprotein-bound enzyme involved in inflammation and atherosclerosis. This cohort study investigates LpPLA2 concentration to predict cardiovascular and total mortality in patients scheduled for coronary angiography. METHODS LpPLA2 concentration was determined in 2298 patients with and in(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis of coronary arteries is hallmarked by non-specific local inflammatory processes accompanied by a systemic response. Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) has been suggested to be associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in a previous study without follow-up. PATIENTS AND METHODS LBP plasma levels were measured in 2959(More)
We developed a scoring system to predict the artery responsible for an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using ST-segment and T-wave changes on the initial electrocardiogram (ECG) using data from 228 patients (development set) with symptoms compatible with AMI and tested in a similar group of 223 patients (test set) from the Thrombolysis and Angioplasty in(More)
Endogenous immunoglobulins (Igs) are of fundamental importance in the host defense after microbial infections. However, the therapeutic administration of intravenous IgG (IVIgG) has not yet been shown to improve clinical outcomes in patients suffering from sepsis, and in the case of IgM-containing preparations (IVIgGMA) the positive evidence is only weak.(More)
The role of intravenous immune globulin (Ig) therapy in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock is discussed controversially. Low initial IgG levels could help to identify those patients who might benefit from an adjunctive Ig treatment. To investigate the effect of initial serum IgG levels on 28-day mortality in patients with severe sepsis and septic(More)
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