Stipo Jurcevic

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Recent compelling evidence has lead to renewed interest in the role of antibodies and immune complexes in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis. These immune complexes, consisting of autoantibodies to self-antigens, can mediate inflammatory responses largely through binding and activating the immunoglobulin Fc(More)
Although the underlying mechanisms are not well understood, it is generally believed that antigen recognition by T cells in the absence of costimulation may alter the immune response, leading to anergy or tolerance. Further support for this concept comes from animal models of autoimmunity and transplantation, where treatments based on costimulation(More)
Minor or histocompatibility (H) antigens are recognized by CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes as short polymorphic peptides associated with MHC molecules. They are the targets of graft versus host and graft versus leukemia responses following bone marrow transplantation between HLA-identical siblings. Several genes encoding class I-restricted minor H epitopes have(More)
A study was made of the binding properties of 96 human immunodeficiency virus peptides to human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-DR1 and HLA-DR103 molecules, which differ by three amino acids at positions 67, 70 and 71 in the beta chains. The affinity of the peptides was characterized by their inhibitory concentrations in competitive binding assays which displace(More)
INTRODUCTION Prasugrel, a P2Y₁₂ adenosine diphosphate (ADP) receptor antagonist effectively inhibits ADP-mediated platelet activation and aggregation, and may be useful in reducing vaso-occlusive crises in sickle cell disease (SCD). In this study, we assess the effect of prasugrel on biomarkers of platelet activation and coagulation in patients with SCD. (More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms controlling the production of antibodies against histocompatibility antigens are of prime importance in organ transplantation. METHODS We investigated the role of complement in the response to allogeneic stimulation, using mice deficient in C3, C4, or C5 to dissect the role of the alternative, classical, and terminal complement(More)
We identified a T-cell determinant of the 35-kDa antigen of Mycobacterium leprae which is discriminatory against cross-sensitization by its closely related homologue in Mycobacterium avium. From synthetic peptides covering the entire sequence, those with the highest affinity and permissive binding to purified HLA-DR molecules were evaluated for the(More)
This study investigated the effects of ponesimod, a selective S1P1 receptor modulator, on T lymphocyte subsets in 16 healthy subjects. Lymphocyte subset proportions and absolute numbers were determined at baseline and on Day 10, after once-daily administration of ponesimod (10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg each consecutively for 3 days) or placebo (ratio 3:1). The(More)
Blocking the signal that provides co-stimulation to T cells during their encounter with antigen is thought to make T cells anergic or tolerant. Recently, treatments using CD40L-specific antibody, a co-stimulation blocking reagent, in primate transplant models indicated that this elegant concept could finally be turning into reality. In this context, the(More)
The T cell response to a mixture of eight peptides derived from sequences of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis 16-, 19- and 38-kD antigens (MTBmix-8) has been studied. The peptides were selected on the basis of complementary binding to nine HLA-DR molecules (HLA-DR1 to DR9). MTBmix-8 at 6.25 and 50 micrograms/ml gave rise to significant stimulation (P < 0.05)(More)