Ariana Barberá

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Induction of immune tolerance as therapeutic approach for autoimmune diseases constitutes a current research focal point. In this sense, we aimed to evaluate an altered peptide ligand (APL) for induction of peripheral tolerance in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A novel T-cell epitope from human heat-shock protein 60 (Hsp60), an autoantigen(More)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the most prevalent chronic condition present in ~1% of the adult population. Many pro-inflammatory mediators are increased in RA, including Reactive Oxygen Species such as nitric oxide NO, pro-inflammatory cytokines as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) and other molecules. Ozone oxidative(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic T-cell mediated autoimmune disease that affects primarily the joints. The induction of immune tolerance through antigen-specific therapies for the blockade of pathogenic CD4+ T cells constitutes a current focus of research. In this focus it is attempted to simultaneously activate multiple regulatory mechanisms, such(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease mediated by T cells. Productive engagement of T cell receptors by major histocompatibility complex-peptide leads to proliferation, differentiation and the definition of effector functions. Altered peptide ligands (APL) generated by amino acid substitutions in the antigenic peptide have diverse effects on(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by a chronic relapsing-remitting joint inflammation. Perturbations in the balance between CD4 + T cells producing IL-17 and CD4 + CD25highFoxP3 + Tregs correlate with irreversible bone and cartilage destruction in RA. APL1 is an altered peptide ligand derived from a CD4+ T-cell epitope(More)
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by autoimmune arthritis of unknown cause with onset before age of 16 years. Methotrexate provides clinical benefits in JIA. For children who do not respond to methotrexate, treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α is an option. However, some patients do not(More)
Methods First, a novel T cell epitope from human heat-shock protein 60 (Hsp60), an autoantigen involved in the pathogenesis of JIA and other autoimmune diseases, was identified by bioinformatics tools and an APL was design starting from this epitope. We evaluated the therapeutic effect of this peptide in an adjuvant-induced arthritis (AA) rat model.(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative disease characterized by chronic inflammation of peripheral joints. The first line of treatment involves the use of potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs, leading to an overall suppression of the immune system. However, these drugs do not induce sustained remission and their use can cause(More)
Induction of peripheral tolerance has long been considered a promising approach to the treatment of chronic autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. The objective of this work is to induce tolerance by a peptidespecific immunotherapy in an Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis (AA) rat model. Based on an autoantigen involved in the rheumatoid arthritis(More)
The corrosion behaviour of stainless steels in wet process phosphoric acid was studied by means of polarization curves and corrosion tests; in this context the influence of impurities that enhance the corrosivity of the acid, such as chlorides, fluorides and sulphates, was evaluated. Moreover the efficiency of some corrosion inhibitors, present as(More)