Gema Pérez-Chacón

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The purpose of this study was to examine whether several allelic variants in the polymorphic interleukin (IL)-10 promoter region were related with an increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in Spanish patients from Canary Islands. Microsatellites (MS) at positions -4000 and -1200 (IL10R and IL10G, respectively) and single nucleotide(More)
The progressive rise of mature CD5+ B lymphocytes, despite the low proportion of proliferating cells, has led to the notion that B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) is primarily related to defective apoptosis. The microenvironment likely plays a prominent role because the malignant cells progressively accumulate in vivo, whereas they rapidly undergo(More)
B-chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (B-CLL) is a heterogeneous disease characterized by an accumulation of B lymphocytes expressing CD5. To date, the biological significance of this molecule in B-CLL B cells remains to be elucidated. In this study, we have analysed the functional consequences of the binding of an anti-CD5 antibody on B-CLL B cells. To this(More)
CD40-CD154 interaction is an important mediator of inflammation and has been implicated in T helper type 1-mediated autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Linkage studies have shown association of markers in the proximity of the CD154 gene. In the present work we investigated whether specific allele variants of the microsatellite in the 3'(More)
Arachidonic acid (AA) and its oxygenated derivatives, collectively known as the eicosanoids, are key mediators of a wide variety of physiological and pathophysiological states. AA, obtained from the diet or synthesized from linoleic acid, is rapidly incorporated into cellular phospholipids by the concerted action of arachidonoyl-CoA synthetase and(More)
CD5 is a transmembrane protein expressed on all T lineage cells and a subset of B cells. It is known that CD5 is physically associated with the T-cell receptor and B-cell receptor (BCR), inhibiting the signaling triggered by both of them. CD5 is also characteristic of B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) B cells, although its implication in the(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the expression of human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and its relation with interleukin-10 (IL-10) production. The study included 50 female SLE patients and 59 healthy female donors. HLA-G expression in peripheral blood and cutaneous biopsies was determined by flow(More)
Exposure of human peripheral blood monocytes to free arachidonic acid (AA) results in the rapid induction of lipid droplet (LD) formation by these cells. This effect appears specific for AA in that it is not mimicked by other fatty acids, whether saturated or unsaturated. LDs are formed by two different routes: (i) the direct entry of AA into(More)
The availability of free arachidonic acid (AA) constitutes a limiting step in the synthesis of biologically active eicosanoids. Free AA levels in cells are regulated by a deacylation/reacylation cycle of membrane phospholipids, the so-called Lands cycle, as well as by further remodeling reactions catalyzed by CoA-independent transacylase. In this work, we(More)