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Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) have been implicated in atherogenesis. We studied 344 patients with acute coronary syndromes; approximately 40% were aPL+ in 1 or more tests and 60% aPL-. In 215 patients, coronary artery disease (CAD) was angiographically documented, with 43.7% positive for aPL vs 34.9% of patients without CAD positive for aPLs.(More)
Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL)/beta(2)-glycoprotein I (beta2GPI) complexes have been implicated in atherogenesis. oxLDL/beta2GPI complexes were measured in 339 patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes. Approximately 68% had angiographically documented coronary artery disease (CAD) and significantly higher mean + or - SD levels of(More)
Interleukin-11 (IL-11) is a pleiotropic cytokine that regulates the growth and development of hematopoietic stem cells and decreases the proinflammatory mediators of cytokine and nitric oxide production. In animal models of arthritis, treatment with recombinant human IL-11 (rhIL-11) reduces both the level of synovitis and the histologic lesion scores in the(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a less toxic outpatient chemotherapy regimen for mobilizing peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). Three hundred eighteen patients with newly diagnosed stage II-III breast cancer who had received conventional dose adjuvant chemotherapy were randomized to receive intermediate-dose cyclophosphamide (2 g/m2), etoposide(More)
The antiphospholipid antibody syndrome has numerous cardiac manifestations, including valvular thickening, insufficiency, and mass lesions. The mass lesions may be confused with atrial myxomas and other vegetations, sometimes necessitating a surgical diagnosis. There are no prospective studies on treatment or follow-up of intracardiac lesions in(More)
Non-group A beta-hemolytic streptococci were isolated from the throats of 30 adult patients with symptoms of pharyngitis. Grouping by counterimmunoelectrophoresis identified 7 strains belonging to group B, 5 to group C, 8 to group G, 1 to group K; 9 were no groupable. Convalescent sera were available from 17 patients and were assayed for antibody to(More)
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeasts were selected on the basis of in vitro proteolytic activity against wheat gluten protein and then assayed as leavening agents for pizza dough. Trials were carried out to compare a proteolytic starter (Prt(+)), consisting of Lactobacillus sakei T56, Weissella paramesenteroides A51 and Candida krusei G271, and a(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the clinical and serological associations of anti-Ku antibody. METHODS Twenty-seven patients over a 7 year period (1987-1996) had anti-Ku antibody detected by counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIEP). Nineteen patients were available for clinical review. Five patients were assessed by chart review. Serum was taken at review for repeat(More)
Neuro-ophthalmic manifestations led to the diagnosis of diffuse disseminated atheroembolism (DDA) in three men whose systemic symptoms had remained unexplained for years. The cholesterol emboli that cause DDA originate from friable plaques in the aorta and great vessels. Ophthalmologists should be alert to the diagnosis of DDA in patients with elevated(More)