Angela Gabriela Celeste

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The activities of clarithromycin or roxithromicin used in combination with other antimicrobial drugs were tested in human macrophages experimentally infected with 23 strains of Mycobacterium avium. Overall, clarithromycin-ethambutol-rifampicin was the most active combination tested. The reduction in intracellular viable bacilli was found to be more than 1(More)
Mycobacterium avium is an intracellular pathogen preferentially infecting human macrophages where they activate the JAK/STAT1 pathway. This activation enhances the survival of infected cells, but, at the same time, makes macrophages optimal targets for drugs development against p-tyr(701)stat1. In this study, we demonstrate that the fast and transient(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of erythrocytes loaded with the haemolytic toxin listeriolysin O against Mycobacterium avium replication within human macrophages. METHODS Recombinant listeriolysin O was loaded in human erythrocytes by a procedure of hypotonic dialysis and isotonic resealing. Loaded erythrocytes were modified to allow them to be(More)
Anti-HIV-1 combination therapies, including protease and reverse transcriptase inhibitors, can reduce plasma viremia to undetectable levels within the first 2 weeks of treatment. This reduction is followed by a slower decline that primarily results from the presence of viral reservoirs such as CD4+ memory cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages. For this(More)
9-(2-Phosphonylmethoxyethyl)adenine (PMEA) is an antiviral drug with activity against herpes viruses, Epstein-Barr virus and retroviruses, including the human immunodeficiency virus. Unfortunately, oral PMEA administration, as required for long-term therapy, is hindered by its low bioavailability. In the present study, the synthesis, oral bioavailability(More)
Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), although very efficient in reducing viral load to undetectable levels within 2 weeks, does not eradicate HIV-1 infection and after the suspension of therapy, HIV RNA rebounds to pretherapy levels. This limited efficacy is mainly due to the existence of viral reservoirs such as CD4+ T cells, macrophages, and(More)
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