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1.  Natural killer (NK) cell activity of peripheral blood, synovial fluid, and synovial tissue lymphocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. 
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  1982;41(5):490-494.
Natural killer (NK) cell activity was investigated in peripheral blood, synovial fluid, and synovial tissue lymphocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Unfractionated lymphocytes, T lymphocytes, and non-T lymphocytes from the 3 compartments of JRA patients had reduced activity compared with that of normal peripheral blood lymphocytes (with p values usually between 0.05 and 0.1). Unfractionated synovial tissue lymphocytes of RA patients also showed reduced cytotoxicity (0.05 less than p less than 0.1), whereas peripheral blood lymphocytes exerted normal NK cell activity. The NK activity was exerted by cells both with and without Fc gamma receptors. The highest cytotoxicity was observed in Fc gamma receptor-positive cells, both in peripheral blood and synovial fluid, since more than 70% reduction in NK activity was found after depletion of Fc gamma receptor-positive cells. No evidence of lymphocytotoxic antibodies or other factors with influence on NK cells was observed in the patients' sera.
PMCID: PMC1001029  PMID: 6181746
2.  Immunoregulatory T cells in the peripheral blood of patients with Bechterew's syndrome. 
Seventeen patients with ankylosing spondylitis (Bechterew's syndrome) were investigated. Only 3 of them had detectable autoantibodies, but the IgA and IgM concentrations in serum were increased (p less than 0.05). The patients had a moderate reduction in con-A-induced suppressor cell activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes as detected in con-A/MLC assay, compared with that of 15 controls (41.0 +/- 8.6% suppression compared with 59.4 +/- 5.2%, mean +/-SEM; 0.05 less than p less than 0.1 one-sided test). No differences were found in the percentages of T gamma cells (suppressor cells) and T mu cells (helper cells) between patients an controls. This is to our knowledge the first report of con-A-induced suppressor cell activity an T lymphocyte subpopulations in the peripheral blood of patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
PMCID: PMC1000862  PMID: 6461299

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