Syed Shafi Asghar

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This study characterizes the HLA class I and class II antigens in a group of patients with vitiligo and a control group, both of Dutch descent. Earlier reports had shown a significant positive association with DR4 and a significant negative association with DR3. We found that, after correction for the broad antigens studied, only Cw7 and DR6 were(More)
In psoriatic lesions, T cells and keratinocytes are in an activated state. Ligation of CD40 expressed on activated keratinocytes with CD154 expressed on activated T cells is thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. However, the presence of CD40(+) and CD154(+) cells in psoriatic skin has not been thoroughly studied. The present study has(More)
Fructokinase (FRK) is of primary importance in phosphorylation of fructose in plants. Two genomic DNA fragments encoding putative fructokinase gene were isolated from Citrus unshiu Marc. using PCR, which were named Cufrk1 and Cufrk2. A cDNA sequence same to the exons’ sequences of Cufrk1 was amplified by RT-PCR and the full-length cDNA sequences of this(More)
The complement system plays an important part in host defense and inflammation. Locally synthesized complement may perform these functions at tissue and organ level. In skin the keratinocyte is the major cell type, it is known to produce two soluble complement components, C3 and factor B. In this study we investigated the regulation of synthesis of these(More)
Locally synthesized complement is believed to play an important role in host defense and inflammation at organ level. In the epidermis, keratinocytes have so far been shown to synthesize two complement components, C3 and factor B. Here, we studied the synthesis of factor H by human keratinocytes. We also studied the regulation of factor H synthesis in(More)
BACKGROUND One of the main features of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is vascular damage, the mechanism of which is not understood. The aim of this study was to investigate if complement (C) regulatory molecules, membrane cofactor protein (MCP), decay-accelerating factor (DAF), and CD59, which normally protect endothelial cells from damage by autologous C, are(More)
BACKGROUND Vitiligo is a pigmentary disorder of the skin characterized by the complete absence of melanocytes from the lesion. Complement-activating antimelanocyte antibodies have been implicated in vitiligo pathogenesis. As membrane regulators of complement activation, membrane cofactor protein, decay accelerating factor and CD59 protect cells from(More)
Since complement activation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various human diseases, several complement-inhibiting drugs have been studied for their ability to suppress complement-mediated diseases in experimental animals and humans [1, 4, 8]. More recently, the prevention of complementmediated vasculitis (Arthus reaction)[1, 2] by four(More)
Chlorpromazine, an inhibitor of the complement (C) system, inhibited the cellular infiltration at the site of Arthus reaction (AR), as assessed by a newly developed computerized area integration technique (CAIT). This inhibition was rather strong (mean value 92%) and statistically significant according to the classical quotient estimator. This may, at least(More)