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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to get a general idea of the antibody prevalence of toxoplasmosis within the different agegroups of the population of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 4854 serums (collected between 1994 and 1996) from different institutions of the federal state were investigated with the "Toxo-Competitions Test LTXC)" at the Mini-Vidas(More)
Several pesticides used as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are known to be endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In three pair-matched studies we found changes in sex hormone concentrations and T-lymphocytes in relation to acute and chronic pesticide exposure. After acute exposure, 1 day later the concentrations of testosterone and especially(More)
By means of the macrophage electrophoretic mobility (MEM) test the supposed immunosuppressive activity of the pregnancy-associated alpha2-glycoprotein (pregnancy zone protein) could be demonstrated significantly. Pregnancy sera and sera of nonpregnant women with hormonal contraception containing this pregnancy protein showed an immunosuppresive activity,(More)
The pregnancy zone protein serum concentration in normal pregnancy reaches its peak at about the 24th week. High serum PZ concentrations are significantly more frequent among pregnant diabetic patients without proliferative retinopathy. In contrast, the mean values in mothers with diabetes mellitus complicated by proliferative retinopathy continue to(More)
The purification of the pregnancy zone protein by means of immunoadsorbents is described. The pregnancy zone protein antibody was isolated from an absorbed rabbit antiserum and coupled with CNBr-activated sepharose. The pregnancy zone protein was isolated from pregnancy serum by the specific antibody cross-linked with sepharose. Contaminating serum proteins(More)
Serum activities and concentrations, respectively, of early pregnancy factor (EPF), early pregnancy associated protein (EPAP), beta-hCG, estradiol, progesterone and 17-hydroxyprogesterone were estimated in 20 healthy primigravidae within the tenth to twelfth completed gestational week before and after therapeutic abortion. EPF, beta-hCG and estradiol(More)
Das “pregnancy zone”-Protein (PZ), ein hochmolekulares schwangerschaftsassoziiertes alpha2-Glykoprotein des Serums, ist in seiner Konzentration während der Schwangerschaft, bei hormonaler Kontrazeption und unter bestimmten pathologischen Bedingungen erhöht. PZ ist wahrscheinlich Bestandteil eines multifaktoriellen immunologischen Schutzsystems, das das(More)
Endocrine and immune system are strongly correlated. Hormonal contraceptive drugs influence humoral, cellular and mucosal immunity in different kind and in dependency of the relationships between estrogens and gestagens. At present most authors support the opinion that estrogens are responsible for immunosuppressive features. This review summarizes(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective study (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Study 0319) examines the use of three-dimensional conformal external beam radiation therapy to deliver accelerated partial breast irradiation. Reproducibility, as measured by technical feasibility, was the primary end point with the goal of demonstrating whether the technique is widely(More)
Prostaglandin E2 is often used for induction of labour. A procedure appropriate for obstetrical condition of the cervix uteri is recommended. 1,472 births with a medical indication were induced in a multicenter-study. With a bishopscore < 5 prostaglandin E2 gel intracervical and with a score between 5 and 8 vaginal tablets were used for induction.(More)