Teresa Kauke

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INTRODUCTION Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a powerful biomarker for the early detection of acute kidney injury. However, recent data suggest that NGAL also plays an important role in chronic kidney disease (CKD), reflecting the level of acute kidney damage within the CKD condition. To study whether elevated NGAL levels in CKD are a(More)
The extravascular localization of tissue factor (TF), the central initiator of coagulation, is thought to ensure that thrombus formation is prevented in the intact vessel. We observed that during a 5-min stimulation of human blood with collagen (type I), TF antigen appeared on the surface of platelets adhering to leukocytes. The rapidly presented(More)
OBJECTIVES The clinical significance of anti-HLA-alloantibodies remains controversial. Recent studies have linked development of donor-specific HLA-antibodies to chronic allograft rejection and graft loss after heart, kidney, and lung transplants. We investigated the clinical impact of donor-specific humoral alloreactivity during the follow-up of heart(More)
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) is a limiting factor for long-term survival in lung transplant recipients. Donor-specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-antibodies (DSA) have been suggested as potential risk factors for CLAD. However, their impact on clinical outcome following lung transplantation remains controversial. We performed a single-center(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Down-regulation of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific CD4(+) T-cell responses is a hallmark of chronic viral persistence in acute hepatitis C. FOXP3(+)CD25(+)CD4(+) regulatory T cells can modulate HCV-specific immune responses in vitro, but the role of virus-specific regulatory T cells in the pathogenesis of chronic viral persistence is(More)
Specific B-cell tolerance toward donor blood group antigens develops in infants after ABO-incompatible heart transplantation, whereas their immune response toward protein antigens such as HLA has not been investigated. We assessed de novo HLA-antibodies in 122 patients after pediatric thoracic transplantation (28 ABO-incompatible) and 36 controls. Median(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical relevance of the post-transplant presence of anti-major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related A (MICA) antibodies as a marker for chronic graft failure in heart transplantation was examined using post-transplant sera from 159 heart transplant recipients. Mean follow-up after transplantation was 7 +/- 4.9 years. METHODS(More)
The diagnosis of thrombophilia caused by protein S deficiency remains difficult. From 2005 to 2010, we documented 135 patients with suspected hereditary protein S deficiency for whom mutational analysis of the PROS1 gene had been performed by direct double-stranded sequencing of the amplified 15 exons including splice sites. Multiplex ligation-dependent(More)