Francisco P. Quismorio

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether genes participating in programmed cell death, including bcl-2, IL-10, Fas-L, and CTLA-4, may contribute to the genetic predisposition to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS First, intragenic markers for the bcl-2, IL-10, Fas-L, and CTLA-4 genes were characterized and their extent of polymorphism in normal populations(More)
Eleven of 30 patients with MCTD, followed for a mean of 10 years, developed immune complex nephropathy (five membranous, two mesangial, one mixed, and one sclerosing) with NS in nine of 11. Another patient had membranous nephropathy at autopsy. Patients with renal disease tended to have more systemic manifestations than those without. NS was at times of(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the prototype of human autoimmune diseases. Its genetic component has been suggested by familial aggregation (lambdas = 20) and twin studies. We have screened the human genome to localize genetic intervals that may contain lupus susceptibility loci in a sample of 188 lupus patients belonging to 80 lupus families with(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Microscopic polyangiitis is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis that affects small vessels, resulting in a wide spectrum of organ involvement including the kidneys and the lungs. This paper reviews recent insights and observations into the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and treatment of pulmonary involvement in microscopic(More)
Regulatory T cells generated ex vivo from conventional mouse T cells have been used to prevent and alter the course of a stimulatory graft-vs-host disease with a lupus-like syndrome. DBA/2 mouse T cells induce this syndrome when injected into (DBA/2 x C57BL/6) F(1) mice. Stimulating DBA/2 T cells with irradiated C57BL/6 in the presence of IL-2 and TGF-beta(More)
We sought to correlate esophageal symptoins with esophaged motility abnormality in 17 patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) and in 14 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Heartburn and regurgitation were common symptoms (11/17) in patients with MCTD, and most of them (10/11) exhibited significant manometric abnormalities.(More)
Five children with an inflammatory monarthritis due to penetration of the joint by plant thorns are presented. The clinical presentation was that of a transient acute synovitis followed by a relatively asymptomatic period, and later by chronic arthritis often after the thorn injury was forgotten. Histopathology demonstrated a granulomatous synovitis.(More)
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare splenic disorder with an unknown cause. It is not uncommon for AOSD to involve other organs, such as the liver; the kidney; the bone marrow; and, less often, the lungs. In this review, we discuss the pulmonary complications of AOSD. Pulmonary involvement in AOSD usually consists of pleural effusion or transient(More)