Alessandra Dellavance

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OBJECTIVE To identify features of antinuclear antibody (ANA)-HEp-2 test results that discriminate ANA-positive healthy individuals and patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs). METHODS We sequentially retrieved data on 918 healthy individuals and 153 patients with ARDs after clinical assessment. ANA-positive healthy individuals for whom data(More)
OBJECTIVE Autoantibodies to lens epithelium-derived growth factor (LEDGF) depict a distinctive nuclear dense fine speckled (DFS) pattern in the indirect immunofluorescence antinuclear antibody assay (IIF-ANA). Definition of the clinical spectrum associated with anti-LEDGF antibodies has been evolving over the last decade. We investigated the frequency,(More)
OBJECTIVES To report on a novel IIF pattern specifically associated with antibodies to DNA topo I. METHODS A novel compound IF pattern, designated Scl-70 pattern, was characterized in routine ANA-HEp-2 IIF screening. Within the last 3 years, all serum samples presenting the Scl-70 pattern at the ANA-HEp2 IIF screening were tested for anti-topo I(More)
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) are both autoimmune cholestatic liver disease and the association of these two conditions in the same patient is very rare. We report the case of a female patient presenting with a cholestatic liver disease and a panel of autoantibodies specific for PBC, including antibodies to(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluation of fibrosis is crucial in the assessment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). The enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) is a serological panel including hyaluronic acid (HA), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1), and amino-terminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP) that has shown good results in predicting liver fibrosis(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSES Anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies are specific markers for Devic's disease. This study aimed to test if this high specificity holds in the context of a large spectrum of systemic autoimmune and non-autoimmune diseases. METHODS Anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies (NMO-IgG) were determined by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) on mouse cerebellum(More)
OBJECTIVE The Fourth Brazilian Consensus for Autoantibodies Screening in HEp-2 Cells (ANA) was held in Vitória, Espírito Santo, and aimed to discuss strategies and recommendations about the technique, standardization, interpretation and quality control of the indirect immunofluorescence reaction on HEp-2 cells. METHODS Twenty three ANA experts from(More)
Producing robust, certified, traceable reference material for autoantibody testing is a vital element in maintaining the validity of results that are generated in the daily clinical laboratory routine. This is a huge challenge because of the high number of variables involved in the detection and measurement of the autoantibodies. The production of such(More)
BACKGROUND Autoantibodies to extractable nuclear antigens (ENA) are good biomarkers for systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD), but no one assay for the detection of these antibodies provides satisfactory sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV). Here we evaluate current assays and propose novel strategies to detect anti-ENA antibodies. (More)
AIM To evaluate the overlap of autoimmune hepatitis in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with intense interface hepatitis. METHODS Among 1759 patients with hepatitis C submitted to liver biopsy, 92 (5.2%) presented intense interface hepatitis. These patients were evaluated regarding the presence of antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-smooth muscle(More)