Saturday 5 April 2003
Organizers C. Lunardi (Verona, Italy)
A. Puccetti (Genova, Italy)

Immunity and autoimmunity

Session I
Chairs C. Lunardi (Verona, Italy) & A. Puccetti (Genova, Italy) Abstract No.
9.40 – 10.15 Endothelial activation and leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions
D.O. Haskard (London, UK)
10.15 – 10.50 SLE – a disease of impaired disposal of apoptotic cells?
M. Botto (London, UK)
10.50 – 11.00 IL-12 overexpression and defective Th2 response in lupus nephritis
M. Tucci (Gainesville, FL, USA/Bari, Italy)
11.00 – 11.15 coffee break
Session II
Chair C. Lunardi (Verona, Italy) Abstract No.
11.15 – 11.45 The immune response to deiminated proteins in rheumatoid arthritis: the role of genetic factors
P. Migliorini (Pisa, Italy)
11.45 – 12.15 Molecular and cellular basis of rheumatoid joint destruction – Lessons from gene transfer
S. Gay (Zurich, Switzerland)
12.15 – 12.40 Virus and autoimmunity
A. Puccetti (Genova, Italy)
12.40 – 12.50 The presence pf Parvovirus B19 VP and NS1 genes in the synovium is not correlated with rheumatoid arthritis
D. Peterlana, A. Puccetti, R. Beril, C. Bason, S. Simeoni, L. Scilanga, R. Corrocher, and C. Lunardi (Verona/Genova, Italy)
12.50 – 13.00 Anti-idiotypes against LDL antibodies in intravenous immunoglobulin preparations – Explanation for its immunomodulatory effects in atherosclerosis
R. Wu, Y. Sherer, E. Matsuura, B. Gilburd, T. Koike, J.B. Peter, and Y. Shoenfeld (Santa Monica, CA, USA/Tel-Hashomer, Tel-Aviv, Israel/Okayama, Sapporo, Japan)
13.00 End of workshop


Serum IL-18 levels correlate with nephritis in systemic lupus erythematosus
N. Calvani, H.B. Richards, M. Tucci, F. Silvestris, and F. Dammacco (Gainesville, FL, USA/Bari, Italy)

Determination of epitopes of the allergen from natural rubber latex
I.A. Vlasova, C.B. Janco, and V.P. Kurup (Wisconsin, USA)