Andrea Martini Ribeiro

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BACKGROUND & AIMS The success of direct-acting antivirals (DAA) against hepatitis C is a major breakthrough in hepatology. Until now, however, there are very few data on the effect of hepatitis C virus (HCV) eradication in patients who have already developed hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS The study included patients with HCV infection and prior history(More)
BACKGROUND Viral infections are a major problem worldwide. Many of these infections are frequently complicated by a virus-associated glomerulonephritis. In glomerulonephritis, progression of renal failure is mainly attributed to the development of extensive glomerular and interstitial fibrosis. Advanced glomerular disease is characterized by the(More)
PURPOSE. To elucidate the role of Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to investigate the effect of alkylphosphocholines (APCs) on the TLR3-mediated expression of cytokines and growth factors in human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. METHODS. Confluent cultures of human RPE cells (ARPE-19) were(More)
Cell and particle quantification is one of the frequently used techniques in biology and clinical study. Variations of cell/particle population and/or protein expression level can provide information on many biological processes. In this chapter, we propose an image-based automatic quantification approach that can be applied to images from both fluorescence(More)
In viral infections, disease manifestations and tissue damage often result primarily from immune cells infiltrating target organs on the basis of an ineffectual viral clearance with persistent antigenemia or an inappropriate immune response. Cell types and mediators defining these inflammatory processes are still inadequately understood. In hepatitis C(More)
BACKGROUND Extracellular matrix (ECM) not only provides molecular and spatial information that influence cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis but also has the potential to bind and present or release cytokines and cytotactic factors. Synthesis and degradation of extracellular matrix components are balanced by matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and(More)
Polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN) is a significant complication after kidney transplantation, often leading to premature graft loss. In order to identify antiviral responses of the renal tubular epithelium, we studied activation of the viral DNA and the double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) sensors Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and retinoic acid inducible(More)
Viral inflammation and infection of mesothelial cells (MC) are a major problem in several organ systems including pleura, pericardium and peritoneum. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are an essential part of the innate immune system for early recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns. TLRs recognise molecular patterns associated with microbial(More)