Zohreh Jadali

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Autoimmunity and viral infections are closely associated fields, and viruses have been proposed as a likely aetiological, contributory or triggering factors of systemic autoimmune diseases. Hepatitis C virus seems to be the virus usually associated with the appearance of autoimmune diseases, and the relationship between chronic hepatitis C virus infection(More)
The skin could be a main target organ for extrahepatic manifestations in hepatitis C virus- (HCV) infected patients and research data suggest that interferon treatment may be associated with immune-mediated skin lesions. However, case reports propose that the response of dermatologic extrahepatic manifestations to interferon in patients with chronic HCV is(More)
BACKGROUND There is accumulating evidence that aberrant T helper (Th)1 and Th2 cell responses play critical roles in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. However, their importance in the pathobiology of vitiligo have yet to be elucidated. AIM To evaluate the expression profile of two transcription factors, namely, T-bet, a Th1-specific T box(More)
CONTEXT Recent investigations into the pathogenesis of sepsis reveal an important role for apoptosis. The present study was designed in order to assess the peripheral blood mononuclear cells' (PBMCs) apoptosis and the plasma levels of molecules associated with apoptosis belonging to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α)/tumor necrosis factor type-1 receptor(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been associated with a plethora of immune and autoimmune perturbations. A variety of conditions ranging from endocrinopathies to different skin diseases has been described in HCV infection. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and clinical significance of HCV infection in patients with graves' disease(More)
Alopecia areata represents an autoimmune pathological process driven primarily by cellular aberrations contained within the immune system, which activates various humoral and cellular elements of the immune response. The aim of this study was to determine the mRNA expression levels of T-bet and GATA-3 as potential inducers of T helper (Th)1 and Th2(More)
About 25-50% of Graves' disease (GD) patients develop thyroid eye diseases, which is associated with inflammatory process and abnormalities in the levels of several cytokines in orbital tissues in GD. The aim of this study was to determine the Th1 and Th2 serum cytokines in patients with GD with or without ophthalmopathy. Serum levels of cytokines and(More)
A random 12 mers phage library was used to screen a pool of immunoglobulin fractions obtained from vitiligo patients. Subsequent to panning experiments, a panel of affinity selected phage from vitiligo patients were obtained. This panel was tested using an ELISA for their reactivity with pooled sera from patients and normal controls. Among the 16 randomly(More)
Patients with vitiligo produce specific autoantibodies that can be detected in their sera. These antibodies are believed to play a role in the pathogenesis of this disease. A random peptide library displayed on phage is a technique that can be used to identify the epitopes that react with monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies. We used this technique to(More)