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Since the early nineties , research is the interactions between the nervous system and the immune system. Substances that may affect these processes include glucocorticosteroids , opioid peptides , polypeptides , hormones, pituitary and catecholamines . Catecholamines inhibits the activity of T lymphocytes and B and produce anti-tumor immune response . Proving in 1994, the presence and biosynthesis of catecholamines in cells of the immune system has become an important step in the research links between the nervous system and the immune system. This discovery marked the beginning of the study the levels of these biogenic amines in healthy subjects and patients with various types of leukemia . This paper reviews the functions of catecholamines in the immune system and the methods used to identify them , among which include mass spectrometry , capillary electrophoresis and high performance liquid chromatography .

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Andrzej Łukaszyk - przewodniczący, Zofia Bielańska-Osuchowska, Szczepan Biliński, Mieczysław Chorąży, Aleksander Koj, Włodzimierz Korochoda, Leszek Kuźnicki, Aleksandra Stojałowska, Lech Wojtczak

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