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We investigated the production of IL-2, IFN-gamma, IL-10 and IL-4 by PBMC from 24 patients with SLE and 10 healthy individuals. Basal and mitogen-stimulated (lipopolysaccharide and phytohaemagglutinin (LPS + PHA)) cytokine production was determined in a whole blood assay (WBA). Supernatants were collected and assayed with specific ELISAs. Although the IL-2(More)
Granulosa cell tumors (GCT) are ovarian neoplasms that tend to recur and spread in the pelvis and the abdomen several years after the initial treatment. Anti-Mülerian hormone (AMH) is a reliable serum marker of these tumors. To enhance the availability and the sensitivity of serum AMH determination, we developed an ultrasensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent(More)
We describe the case of a teenager who developed fever, arthritis, cutaneous vasculitis and severe pancytopenia 3 weeks after the third vaccination boost with a recombinant hepatitis B vaccine. Bone marrow examination showed paucity of late myeloid elements and, subsequently, maturation arrest. Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) production by peripheral blood(More)
On the basis of the finding of alternatively spliced mRNAs, the alpha-subunit of the receptor for GM-CSF is thought to exist in both a membrane spanning (tmGMRalpha) and a soluble form (solGMRalpha). However, only limited data has been available to support that the solGMRalpha protein product exists in vivo. We hypothesized that hematopoietic cells bearing(More)
OBJECTIVE Eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) is a scleroderma-like disease of unknown etiology characterized by skin induration, elevated immune globulins, and peripheral eosinophilia. The hallmarks of the chronic cutaneous involvement in this syndrome are inflammation and fibrosis of the fascia. To determine how the inflammatory process in EF may be regulated, we(More)
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