Abraham Majluf-Cruz

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Hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) is a reactive process that complicates several diseases including hematological neoplasias (HN). It has been suggested that HPS may be a negative prognosis factor for neoplastic diseases. In this retrospective analysis, 13 cases with HPS associated to HN were compared with two age, sex, diagnosis, disease stage and treatment(More)
beta-Cell dysfunction is an important factor in the development of hyperglycemia of type-2 diabetes mellitus, and pancreatic islet amyloidosis (IA) has been postulated to be one of the main contributors to impaired insulin secretion. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation of IA with metabolic parameters and its effect on islets of Langerhans(More)
OBJECTIVE Obesity is associated with high insulin and glucagon plasma levels. Enhanced β-cell function and β-cell expansion are responsible for insulin hypersecretion. It is unknown whether hyperglucagonemia is due to α-cell hypersecretion or to an increase in α-cell mass. In this study, we investigated the dynamics of the β-cell and α-cell function and(More)
Several prognostic factors have been recognized in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Among the most important are: the serum levels of β2-microglobulin, albumin, and LDH; the labeling index; and an abnormal karyotype. Patients with amyloidosis (AL) have poor prognosis; however, little is known concerning the prognostic significance of AL associated to(More)
Platelet membrane glycoprotein IIb/IIIa plays an important role in adhesion and platelet aggregation. Polymorphisms of genes in platelet activation and fibrinolysis have been associated with myocardial infarction (MI), however this has not been confirmed by others, and results are still controversial. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term response to rituximab in patients with chronic and refractory immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Adults with ITP fail to respond to conventional therapies in almost 30% of cases, developing a refractory disease. Rituximab has been successfully used in these patients. We used rituximab at 375 mg/m2, IV,(More)
The aim of this report is to describe five patients with lamivudine-induced pure red cell aplasia, an association not previously described. We describe patients with unresponsive anemia in whom a complete study including blood cell counts, reticulocyte counts, hemolysis tests, and bone marrow aspiration was performed. Pure red cell aplasia was considered(More)
The kallikrein-kinin (K-K) (contact) system is activated during acute and chronic relapsing phases of enterocolitis induced in genetically susceptible Lewis rats by intramural injection of peptidoglycan-polysaccharide (PG-APS). Using the selective plasma kallikrein inhibitor P8720, we investigate whether activation of the K-K system plays a primary role in(More)
Three cases of haemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) due to histoplasmosis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are described. At admission all had pancytopenia and the bone marrow aspirate showed typical haemophagocytosis and the presence of intracellular inclusions compatible with Histoplasma capsulatum. One patient had also cerebral(More)
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the treatment of choice for some hematological diseases; however, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is still one of the most important and deleterious complications. Regulatory T cells and iNKT cells can decrease the incidence and severity of GVHD, while preserving the graft-versus-tumor response.(More)