Sladjana Andrejević

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Chronic infections may mimic antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). We investigated which markers may help in the diagnosis and the prognosis of infections associated with proteinase 3 (PR3) and myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA. In this study (1993–2008)—with an average follow-up of 5.1 years—we compared 66 AAV patients with 17(More)
Clinical and serological profiles of idiopathic and drug-induced autoimmune diseases can be very similar. We compared data from idiopathic and antithyroid drug (ATD)-induced antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive patients. From 1993 to 2003, 2474 patients were tested for ANCA in the Laboratory for Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Belgrade.(More)
We assessed the relationship between the serum levels of antibodies against double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), C1q, nucleosomes, histones, C3 and C4 complement components with one another, with organ involvement and overall disease activity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). One hundred seventy-five sera from 99 patients with SLE, 31 sera of(More)
The most important mitotic apparatus (MA) antigens are centrosome (CE), nuclear mitotic apparatus (NuMA-1, NuMA-2), midbody, and centromere F (CENP-F). We studied associations of anti-MA antibodies with other autoantibodies and their clinical significance. A total of 6270 patients were studied for the presence of anti-MA antibodies on HEp-2 cells. Sera(More)
BACKGROUND Decreased activity of serum desoxyribonuclease I (DNase I) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been reported, but its role as a biomarker in SLE is still unelucidated. METHODS Seventy-seven SLE patients (aged 39.6 ± 13.1 years) were studied for serum DNase I activity, levels of antinuclear (ANA), anti-dsDNA [high-avidity ELISA,(More)
OBJECTIVE The link between specific antibodies and atherogenesis in primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) is less strong than for thrombosis, although clearly the two processes are related and thrombosis is the main complication of atherosclerosis, a process known as atherothrombosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of serum lipid(More)
OBJECTIVE Epidermal in vivo nuclear staining is occasionally noted in the lupus band test (LBT) in patients with connective tissue diseases (CTD). The exact clinical significance of this finding remains unelucidated, especially in association with a positive LBT We have reviewed the clinical and serological characteristics of patients with in vivo-bound(More)
We present a 43-year-old woman with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) who developed lupus syndrome after 32 months of IFN-beta-1a therapy. She presented with malaise, myalgia, arthralgia and fever. Laboratory tests showed high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, anaemia and lymphopenia. Antibodies to double stranded DNA (dsDNA) of IgG, IgM and IgA(More)