Adenilda Cristina Honório-França

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Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) is the main aetiological agent of acute diarrhoea among low socioeconomic level infants in developing countries. Breast-feeding provides infant protection against acute gastrointestinal and respiratory infections; however, little is known about the protective role of colostral phagocytes in the gut of newborn(More)
This study was carried out with hyperglycemic pregnant women to investigate the transfer of antibody classes to newborns across the placenta or by colostrum and the functional activity of phagocytes in maternal blood, cord blood, and colostrum from diabetes mothers. Samples from maternal blood, cord blood, and colostrum were collected from 20 normoglycemic(More)
BACKGROUND Several elements in colostrum and human milk, including antibodies and nonspecific factors with bactericidal and antiviral activity, may play an important anti-infectious and protective role. In developing countries, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is the main etiological agent of diarrhea in low-socioeconomic level children. In the(More)
AIM To determine the phagocytic activity of the polymorphonuclear and mononuclear cells present in human colostrum, and to verify the influence of opsonins in the adherence, ingestion and killing of Giardia lamblia trophozoites. METHODS Polymorphonuclear and mononuclear phagocytes were incubated with G. lamblia trophozoites, in the presence as well as the(More)
AIM This article describes the changes and relationships between biochemical and immunological parameters in the colostrum and serum of diabetic women. METHODS Colostrum and blood samples were collected from 30 diabetic and 15 normoglycaemic women. Glucose, total protein, antibody, complement proteins (C3 and C4), fat and calorie content, amylase, lipase(More)
Colostrum plays an important role in protecting newborn infants against acute gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. IgA antibodies have been considered the major effector component; however, the role of their receptors on colostral phagocytes, especially neutrophils, has not been studied. Here, we demonstrate that CD15+ colostrum neutrophils express(More)
The effects of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) interaction with its specific Fcα receptors on colostral phagocytes needs further investigation, especially with respect to diabetic women. Accordingly, we studied the colostrum of hyperglycemic women to assess SIgA interactions with Fcα receptors of macrophages as well as the functional activity of these(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess attitudes to breastfeeding among children in primary education and to evaluate the influence of educational lectures on their knowledge. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study of 503 students of both sexes from the fourth to the eighth grades of five different schools. The children were divided into two groups: control (n = 215) and(More)
Melatonin is involved in a number of physiological and oxidative processes, including functional regulation in human milk. The present study investigated the mechanisms of action of melatonin and its effects on the functional activity of colostral phagocytes in diabetic women. Colostrum samples were collected from normoglycemic (N = 38) and diabetic (N =(More)
Melatonin has immunomodulatory effects but very little is known about its influence in protozoan infections, such as Entamoeba histolytica, which causes amoebiasis, a disease with significant morbidity and mortality. In this study, we evaluated the effects of exogenous melatonin interference in experimental amoebiasis and on interactions between human blood(More)