Izaíra Tincani Brandão

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Autoimmune mediated myocardial damage is likely to be a pathogenic mechanism for acquired dilated cardiomyopathies. Evidence confirms that autoantibodies that bind to M(2) muscarinic (M(2)AChR) and beta(1) adrenergic receptors (beta(1)AR) are present in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and Chagasic patients' sera. To elucidate the role of these antibodies(More)
A DNA vaccine codifying the mycobacterial hsp65 can prevent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a prophylactic setting and also therapeutically reduce the number of bacteria in infected mice. The protective mechanism is thought to be related to Th1-mediated events that result in bacterial killing. To determine the best method of hsp65 introduction(More)
We have investigated the effect of pcDNA3-CpG and pcDNA-IL-12, delivered by intradermal gene gun administration, on the blood/lung eosinophilia, airway hyperresponsiveness as well as the immune response in a murine model of toxocariasis. Our results demonstrated that pcDNA-IL-12 but not pcDNA3-CpG vaccination led to a persistent lower blood/bronchoalveolar(More)
The way to deliver antigens and cellular requirements for long-lasting protection against tuberculosis are not known. Immunizations with mycobacterial 65 kDa heat shock protein (hsp65) expressed from J774-hsp65 cells (antigen-presenting cells that endogenously produce hsp65 antigen) or from plasmid DNA, or with the protein entrapped in cationic liposomes,(More)
Mice treated with viable Mycobacterium tuberculosis with no glycolipid trehalose dimycolate (TDM) on the outer cell wall (delipidated M. tuberculosis) by intraperitoneal or intratracheal inoculation presented an intense recruitment of polymorphonuclear cells into the peritoneal cavity and an acute inflammatory reaction in the lungs, respectively. In(More)
BACKGROUND The greatest challenges in vaccine development include optimization of DNA vaccines for use in humans, creation of effective single-dose vaccines, development of delivery systems that do not involve live viruses, and the identification of effective new adjuvants. Herein, we describe a novel, simple technique for efficiently vaccinating mice(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis is a major threat to human health. The high disease burden remains unaffected and the appearance of extremely drug-resistant strains in different parts of the world argues in favor of the urgent need for a new effective vaccine. One of the promising candidates is heat-shock protein 65 when used as a genetic vaccine (DNAhsp65).(More)
Vaccines are considered by many to be one of the most successful medical interventions against infectious diseases. But many significant obstacles remain, such as optimizing DNA vaccines for use in humans or large animals. The amount of doses, route and easiness of administration are also important points to consider in the design of new DNA vaccines.(More)
We evaluated the use of a vaccine formulation based on a mixture of two different PLGA microspheres, composed by faster and slower release profiles, containing DNA encoding hsp65 and the recombinant hsp65 protein, respectively, aiming to DNA priming and protein boost after a single dose vaccination. The combination of PLGA50:50 microspheres containing(More)
BACKGROUND Vaccination of neonates is generally difficult due to the immaturity of the immune system and consequent higher susceptibility to tolerance induction. Genetic immunization has been described as an alternative to trigger a stronger immune response in neonates, including significant Th1 polarization. In this investigation we analysed the potential(More)