Fernando Brenes

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The degenerative and regenerative changes in murine skeletal muscle after injection of Bothrops asper venom were studied by histological, lectin histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques. According to our observations, the process was divided into four main stages: (a) During the first 3 days prominent degenerative events took place in skeletal muscle(More)
Venom from newborn Bothrops asper snakes has higher lethal, hemorrhagic, edema-forming, proteolytic and defibrinating activities than venom from adult B. asper specimens. Electrophoretic analysis confirmed the variation between these venoms. Intramuscular injection of 100 micrograms of venom from newborn specimens in mice induced defibrination, together(More)
The effects of a myotoxic phospholipase A2 isolated from the venom of the crotaline snake Bothrops asper on skeletal muscle myofibrils were studied by histological, ultrastructural, immunohistochemical, and biochemical parameters. Myotoxin induced a rapid and prominent muscle necrosis after intramuscular injection in mice. In this process, myofibrils were(More)
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) shedding in the faeces, appearance of HAV-Ag (antigen) in the liver, and development of humoral immunity to HAV have been studied in experimentally infected tamarins. The appearance of liver damage measured by transaminase elevation and histology, in relation to the above variables, suggests that the virus is not cytopathic and the(More)
The detection of gastric premalignant lesions, atrophic gastritis, corpus atrophic gastritis, and intestinal metaplasia, using several potential markers was examined in Costa Rica. Depending on the lesion investigated, from a total of 223 dyspeptic patients, 58 (26.0%), 31 (13.9%), or 23 (10.3%) were histologically diagnosed with atrophic gastritis, corpus(More)
BACKGROUND Associations between Helicobacter pylori gene diversity and gastric cancer have not been reported on in Costa Rica, despite its being one of the countries with the highest gastric cancer incidence and mortality rates in the world. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of H. pylori cagA and vacA genes and investigate whether it(More)
AIMS Diagnosis IMprovement in PrimAry Care Trial (D-IMPACT) was a prospective, multicentre epidemiological study in three European countries to identify the optimal subset of simple tests applied in primary care to diagnose benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men who spontaneously present with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). METHODS Consecutive(More)
We have studied serum and tissue markers of viral replication in 39 patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and correlated these with periportal and lobular activity in liver biopsies. HBV DNA positivity correlated with the presence of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg, P less than 0.001) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels (P less than(More)
2613 Background: Her-2/neu (H2N) overexpression (ovx) occurs in approximately 30% of breast carcinomas. A standardized immunohistochemistry assay (HercepTest) has been approved by the FDA to determine which patients are eligible for anti-H2N treatment. H2N ovx data from populations outside Europe or North America are largely unknown. METHODS(More)