Stanislava Blažičková

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INTRODUCTION Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a common and complex autoimmune disease. As well as the major susceptibility gene HLA-DRB1, recent genome-wide and candidate-gene studies reported additional evidence for association of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers in the PTPN22, STAT4, OLIG3/TNFAIP3(More)
In vertebrates, both nuclear all-trans and 9-cis retinoic acid receptors (RAR and RXR) belonging to the steroid/thyroid/retinoid nuclear receptor superfamily play a crucial role in the vitamin A action. Qualitative analysis of all known RAR or RXR subtypes in both pooled and non-pooled peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy human subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the frequency of increased plasma prolactin (PRL) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to evaluate its relationship to other hormonal and immune variables. METHODS Thirty-five patients with SLE with various levels of disease activity were studied. Plasma PRL, cortisol, growth hormone (GH) were determined by(More)
Effects of hyperthermic water bath on selected immune parameters (lymphocyte subpopulations, natural killer (NK) cell counts and their activity) were studied in a group of 10 volunteers. Application of hyperthermic water bath (both topical and whole-body) was followed by a significant reduction of relative B lymphocyte counts. Whole-body hyperthermic water(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by decreased androgen levels, which was the first hormonal abnormality described. Several studies indicated that steroidogenesis is directed towards endogenous glucocorticoids at the expense of androgens. The decisive step governing androgen synthesis is the 17,20-lyase activity of the CYP17A1(More)
The relationship between neuroendocrine regulation and the immune system has recently become the subject of intense investigations. The pituitary secretes both immunostimulatory (growth hormone and prolactin) and immunosuppressive (ACTH) hormones, and is thus involved in the control of immune functions. The present work was aimed at the study of the(More)
Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well as osteoarthritis (OA). For RA, most of the known genetic markers are linked with genes from immunological pathways. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) on RA identified known and novel susceptibility genes like HLA-DRB1, PTPN22, STAT4, TRAF1/C5, OLIG3/TNFAIP3,(More)
Adjuvant-induced arthritis in rats is a chronic inflammatory disease, widely used as an animal model for rheumatoid arthritis. In our study the effect of various fractions of dialyzable leukocyte extract (DLE): DLE I-molecular weight below 10 kDa (commercial preparation), DLE II-molecular weight below 5 kDa (suppressor fraction), DLE III-molecular weight(More)
We investigated the in vitro effect of domperidone-induced hyperprolactinemia on plasma cytokine concentration and blood leukocyte cytokine production in healthy female volunteers. No changes were found in the plasma concentration of interferon (IFN)-gamma, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-10, IL-6 and IL-13 during(More)
BACKGROUND During physiological ageing changes of the immune system take place at several levels. The objective of the submitted work was to compare the ability of spontaneous restoration of selected differentiation antigens on lymphocytes in the peripheral blood stream after previous trypsin treatment in a group of healthy elderly and adult subjects. (More)