J-E Guimarães

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Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is important in calcification and its expression seems to be associated with the inflammatory process. We investigated the in vitro acute effects of compounds used for the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular diseases on total ALP activity from male Wistar rat heart homogenate. ALP activity was determined by quantifying, at(More)
The weak D phenotype is the most common D variant, with a frequency of 0.2-1% in Caucasian individuals. There are several weak D types, with different frequencies in European countries, which may pose serologic problems and have the potential for alloimmunization. Samples from Portuguese individuals were tested for RhD by two or three distinct monoclonal(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Leukocytes and their subpopulation have been long implicated in the progression of the syndrome of heart failure (HF), especially heart infiltration cells. Previous reports have suggested that they can predict worse outcome in patients with HF, and can also affect the function of other cells and myocardial extracellular matrix remodeling(More)
AIMS Pro-inflammatory mediators, glucocorticoids and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β are implicated in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)-related insulin resistance. As physical activity is beneficial against NASH, we analyzed the voluntary physical activity (VPA) and endurance training (ET) (preventive and therapeutic strategies)(More)
Aqueous extracts of a few medicinal plants traditionally used in Portugal have been assayed for their effects upon hepatic oxidative stress in mice. Previous in vitro studies had allowed characterization of agrimony, sage, savory, and raspberry in terms of overall antioxidant capacity and phenolic content. In the present study, the antioxidant effect and(More)
SETTING The ability to rapidly distinguish between Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is critical in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the usefulness of an immunochromatographic (IC) assay to distinguish between MTC and NTM. DESIGN We analysed a panel of 145 cultures from 128 patients. The routine(More)
BACKGROUND Despite its widespread clinical use, both body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference have been reported as inaccurate methods to measure abdominal obesity. The main objective of this study was to determine the relation between visceral fat area and fatty liver infiltration with the expression of metabolic syndrome (MS) in morbidly obese(More)
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