Tova Chajek-Shaul

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OBJECTIVE Naturally occurring CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) exert suppressive effects on effector CD4 cells and downregulate experimental autoimmune disorders. We investigated the importance and potential role of Tregs in murine atherogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS Tregs were investigated comparatively between aged and young apolipoprotein(More)
Hypertriglyceridemia is common in the general population, but its mechanism is largely unknown. In previous work human apo CIII transgenic (HuCIIITg) mice were found to have elevated triglyceride levels. In this report, the mechanism for the hypertriglyceridemia was studied. Two different HuCIIITg mouse lines were used: a low expressor line with serum(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to analyze the genetic disorder of a family with cardiomyopathy, skin disorder, and woolly hair. BACKGROUND Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is a heart muscle disorder causing arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. We report a patient with familial autosomal recessive ARVD, woolly hair, and a(More)
BACKGROUND Behçet's disease is known to be strongly associated with HLA-B51 in many different ethnic groups. Recently, it was suggested that MIC-A (major histocompatibility complex class I related gene A) is the pathogenic gene after strong association was found between the MIC-A A6 allele of the transmembrane region and the disease in Japanese and Greek(More)
We have generated homozygous transgenic mice (hpa-tg) overexpressing human heparanase (endo-beta-D-glucuronidase) in all tissues and characterized the involvement of the enzyme in tissue morphogenesis, vascularization, and energy metabolism. Biochemical analysis of heparan sulfate (HS) isolated from newborn mice and adult tissues revealed a profound(More)
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are ubiquitous macromolecules. In bone, they are associated with cell surfaces and the extracellular matrix (ECM). The heparan sulfate (HS) chains of HSPGs bind a multitude of bioactive molecules, thereby controlling normal and pathologic processes. The HS-degrading endoglycosidase, heparanase, has been implicated in(More)
Epidemiologic data, family history, clinical data, HLA typing, neutrophilic chemotaxis, and immunofluorescence of clinically normal non-sun-exposed skin were studied in 46 Israeli non-Ashkenazi Jewish and Arab patients with Behçet's syndrome. HLA-B51 was present in 71 percent of the patient group as compared with 13 percent of the control group (relative(More)
A 20-year-old man with Behcet's disease characterized by recurrent arterial aneurysms presented with a new aortic root aneurysm. This patient previously had aneurysms of the coronary arteries and vein, as well as ruptured renal artery aneurysm. Chronic maintenance immunosuppressive therapy was recommended due to the catastrophic nature of the disease, which(More)
Behçet disease is a multisystemic and chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that is characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcerations, ocular manifestations, and additional clinical manifestations in multiple organ systems. Behçet disease involving the chest can manifest as a wide spectrum of abnormalities. Although conventional chest(More)