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We have read with interest the publication by Spitz et al. [1] regarding their results on the association study of glucocerebrosidase mutations and Parkinson’s disease (PD) among Brazilian patients. Before them, several publications confirmed the association between PD and the heterozygote state for glucocerebrosidase (GBA) mutations in patients from(More)
Genetic polymorphisms in genes related to the metabolism of xenobiotics, such as genes of the glutathione S-transferases (GSTM1, GSTT1, and GSTP1) superfamily have been associated with an increased risk for breast cancer (BC). Considering the high incidence of BC in the city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, the purpose of this study was to characterize(More)
Gaucher disease (GD) is an autosomal recessive disorder resulting from glucocerebrosidase (GC) deficiency due to mutations in the gene (GBA) coding for this enzyme. We have developed a strategy for analyzing the entire GBA coding region and applied this strategy to 48 unrelated Brazilian patients with GD. We used long-range PCR, genotyping based on the(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of aging and timing of left ventricular ischemic injury on the availability and functionality of stem cells. We studied young and aged male inbred Lewis rats that were used as donors of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs), divided in four experimental groups: controls, sham operated, 48 h(More)
Several studies have identified the single nucleotide polymorphism STK15 F31I as a low-penetrance risk allele for breast cancer, but its prevalence and risk association in the Brazilian population have not been determined. The goal of this study was to identify the frequency of this polymorphism in the Brazilian setting. Considering the high degree of(More)
The aim of the work was to determine the variation of UGT1A1 genotypes in patients with hemolytic anemia in the southern Brazil. Three hundred twenty-three patients with hemolytic anemia were genotyped for UGT1A1 along with 232 controls. Allelic and genotypic distribution did not differ among studied groups. The TA7/TA7 genotype presented a frequency that(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we investigate the association between the val66met polymorphism of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF) and the performance on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in a sample of Caucasian Brazilian patients with bipolar disorder. METHOD Sixty-four patients with bipolar disorder were assessed and their performance on(More)
Lynch syndrome is an autosomal dominant cancer predisposition syndrome caused by germline mutations in one of the mismatch repair (MMR) genes: MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2. Clinically, Lynch syndrome is characterized by early onset (45 years) of colorectal cancer (CRC), as well as extra-colonic cancer. Male and female carriers of Lynch syndrome-associated(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Highly palatable food (HPF), which is enriched in simple sugars and saturated fat, contributes to obesity and insulin resistance in humans. These metabolic changes are associated with serious complications of the central nervous system, including an elevated risk of cognitive dysfunction. We, herein, treated rats with HPF and then(More)