Ângela Luzia Branco Pinto Duarte

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Juvenile Sjögren's syndrome is a rare condition that affects children and adolescents with distinctive clinical features. Parotid swelling usually precedes regular oral and ocular symptoms, while typical serological findings may be absent. Hence, diagnosing juvenile Sjögren's syndrome may be challenging to the attending pediatric dentist, and long-term(More)
To evaluate disease characteristics of childhood onset SLE in Latin America and to compare this information with an adult population in the same cohort of GLADEL. A protocol was designed as a multicenter, multinational, inception cohort of lupus patients to evaluate demographic, clinical, laboratory and serological variables, as well as classification(More)
PURPOSE This observational study was done to identify the signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involvement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to assess the association between these and quantitative measurements for the evaluation of rheumatologic disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS The sample comprised 61 patients suffering from RA(More)
We characterized the 3272-26A-->G mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, creating an alternative acceptor splice site in intron 17a, that competes with the normal one, although we predict from consensus values, with lower efficiency. We analyzed five Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Portuguese patients with the(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the role of interleukin 22 (IL-22) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS IL-22 serum levels were measured in 83 patients with established RA under treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and in 30 healthy controls matched for age and sex. Patients were assessed for clinical and laboratory variables. Correlations of IL-22(More)
In addition to its role in calcium homeostasis, it is believed that the active form of vitamin D has immunomodulatory effects on cells of the immune system, particularly T lymphocytes, as well as on the production and action of several cytokines. The interaction of vitamin D with the immune system has been the target of a growing number of publications in(More)
OBJECTIVES Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial agent that has been used in systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis treatment for many years. Recently, novel mechanisms of action have been proposed, thereby broadening the therapeutic perspective of this medication. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immunomodulatory activity of(More)
CFTR alleles containing two mutations have been very rarely found in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. They provide an opportunity to study the effect of two in cis-interacting gene defects on gene expression. Here, we describe a three-generation CF family with a complex CFTR allele that has not been previously described, containing the missense mutation R334W(More)
INTRODUCTION The immunoregulatory role of vitamin D has been the object of a growing number of studies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). OBJECTIVES To determine the serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH) D] in patients with SLE, and to assess the association of 25(OH)D insufficiency/deficiency with clinical parameters and(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the clinical effect of enthesitis in a large Brazilian cohort of patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS A common protocol of investigation was prospectively applied to 1505 patients with SpA in 29 centers in Brazil. Clinical and demographic variables and disease indexes were investigated. The Maastricht Ankylosing Spondylitis(More)