Wilco de Jager

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In several murine models of autoimmune arthritis, Th17 cells are the dominant initiators of inflammation. In human arthritis the majority of IL-17-secreting cells within the joint express a cytokine phenotype intermediate between Th17 and Th1. Here we show that Th17/1 cells from the joints of children with inflammatory arthritis express high levels of both(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that T cell reactivity to self heat-shock protein 60 (Hsp60) in patients with remitting juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is part of an antiinflammatory, regulatory mechanism. METHODS Using peripheral blood-derived mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and synovial fluid-derived mononuclear cells (SFMCs) obtained from patients with(More)
Cytokines, chemokines and soluble adhesion molecules interact in a complex network within the immune system. Fingerprinting of these proteins may allow the use of these proteins as biomarkers for identification of disease, disease subtyping and monitoring therapeutic interventions. We developed a multiplex immunoassay (MIA) for the detection of 30 proteins(More)
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. The pathogenic mechanisms underlying mTLE may involve defects in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that control the expression of genes at the post-transcriptional level. Here, we performed(More)
During the last decade research has focused on the application of FOXP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the treatment of autoimmune disease. However, thorough functional characterization of these cells in patients with chronic autoimmune disease, especially at the site of inflammation, is still missing. Here we studied Treg function in patients with(More)
This study investigates the role of CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells during the clinical course of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Persistent oligoarticular JIA (pers-OA JIA) is a subtype of JIA with a relatively benign, self-remitting course while extended oligoarticular JIA (ext-OA JIA) is a subtype with a much less favorable prognosis. Our data show(More)
Cytokines and chemoattractive cytokines (chemokines) are present in a wide variety of body fluids such as plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, bronchoaveolar fluid, amniotic fluid, synovial fluid, middle ear effusion fluid, and urine. Cytokines can be detected using classical solid-phase sandwich immunoassays such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or(More)
BACKGROUND Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) consists of a heterogeneous group of disorders with, for the most part, an unknown immunopathogenesis. Although onset and disease course differ, the subtypes of JIA share the occurrence of chronic inflammation of the joints, with infiltrations of immunocompetent cells that secrete inflammatory mediators. (More)
BACKGROUND Chemokines play an important role in atherogenesis and in ischemic injury and repair; however, prospective data on individual chemokines in unstable angina pectoris (UAP) are scarce. Therefore, we assessed chemokine patterns in a prospective cohort of patients with UAP. METHODS AND RESULTS Plasma samples of 54 patients with Braunwald class IIIB(More)
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a chronic and often treatment-refractory brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures originating from the hippocampus. The pathogenic mechanisms underlying mTLE remain largely unknown. Recent clinical and experimental evidence supports a role of various inflammatory mediators in mTLE. Here, we performed protein(More)