Ute-Christiane Meier

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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) cause clinically important persistent infections. The effects of virus persistence on innate immunity, including NK cell responses, and the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. We examined the frequency, phenotype, and function of peripheral blood CD3- CD56+ NK subsets in HIV+ and(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) is often considered to be a CD4, T cell-mediated disease. This is largely based on the capacity of CD4 T cells to induce relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in rodents. However, CD4-depletion using a monoclonal antibody was considered unsuccessful and relapsing MS responds well to B cell depletion via(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are expressed by human microglia and translate environmental cues into distinct activation programs. We addressed the impact of TLR ligation on the capacity of human microglia to activate and polarize CD4 T cell responses. As microglia exist under distinct states of activation, we examined both ramified and ameboid microglia(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). Reliable biomarkers are urgently needed for its diagnosis and management, and as clues to its pathogenesis, in which EBV is implicated. OBJECTIVE To measure IgG antibodies against EBV nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1) and innate inflammation(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common inflammatory demyelinating and degenerative disease of the CNS. The cause of MS is unknown but environmental risk factors are implicated in MS. Several viruses have been proposed as a trigger for MS, and lately Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has become the leading candidate. An infectious aetiology fits with a number of(More)
Acupuncture has been used for over 2000 years for a wide variety of complaints with minimal side effects. Based on the experience in Chinese medicine and the anticipated positive effects, acupuncture has been widely accepted in Western medicine as well. Some clinical evidence supports the efficacy of acupuncture treatment, but randomized controlled trials(More)
Late Epstein-Barr virus infection and hypovitaminosis-D as environmental risk factors in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis are gaining great interest. We, therefore, tested for in-vivo interdependence between Epstein-Barr-virus (EBV)-status and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3) -level in healthy young individuals from a United Kingdom (UK) autumn cohort.(More)
Acupuncture has been used for over 2000 years for a wide variety of complaints with minimal side effects. Based on the experience in Chinese medicine and the anticipated positive effects, acupuncture has been widely accepted in Western medicine as well. Some clinical evidence supports the efficacy of acupuncture treatment, but randomized controlled trials(More)
The aim of this study is to test what effect the weather may have on medications prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease. Twenty-three years of monthly time, series data was sourced from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Data were available for eight states and territories and their corresponding capital cities.(More)
In this short review, we want to summarize the current findings on the role of vitamin-D in multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, and autism. Many studies have highlighted hypovitaminosis-D as a potential environmental risk factor for a variety of conditions such as MS, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and, more recently, psychiatric diseases. However,(More)