Jasmine M. Martin

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The aim of this study was to investigate the possible role of STAT4 gene in the genetic predisposition to systemic sclerosis (SSc) susceptibility or clinical phenotype. A total of 1317 SSc patients [896 with limited cutaneous SSc (lcSSc) and 421 with diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc)] and 3113 healthy controls, from an initial case-control set of Spanish(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether obesity and systemic inflammation are potential determinants of circulating adiponectin concentrations and whether low adiponectin levels cluster with metabolic syndrome features that are previously documented cardiovascular risk factors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS We investigated 33 RA patients who were treated with(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to confirm the influence of TNFSF4 polymorphisms on systemic sclerosis (SSc) susceptibility and phenotypic features. METHODS A total of 8 European populations of Caucasian ancestry were included, comprising 3014 patients with SSc and 3125 healthy controls. Four genetic variants of TNFSF4 gene promoter (rs1234314,(More)
An in vivo system in which expression of a synthetic influenza virus-like chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) RNA is driven by influenza virus proteins synthesized from cloned cDNAs has been developed. Expression of the four influenza virus core proteins (nucleoprotein, PA, PB1 and PB2) was performed by transfection of four pGEM recombinant plasmids,(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the neuropsychological status of patients with intracranial aneurysms and to compare the cognitive status of patients with intracranial aneurysm treated by surgical or endovascular methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ninety-three cases with intracranial aneurysms treated with surgery (n = 56) or embolization (n = 37) were included. A(More)
BACKGROUND The PTPN22 gene is an important risk factor for human autoimmunity. The aim of this study was to evaluate for the first time the role of the R263Q PTPN22 polymorphism in ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD), and to reevaluate the association of the R620W PTPN22 polymorphism with both diseases. METHODS A total of 1677 UC patients,(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the PTPN22, STAT4 and TRAF1/C5 gene polymorphisms may be implicated in the development of cardiovascular (CV) events and subclinical atherosclerosis manifested by the presence of endothelial dysfunction or increased carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in a series of Spanish patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE Polymorphisms in the genes encoding interleukin 4 (IL4), interleukin 13 (IL13), and their corresponding receptors have been associated with multiple immune-mediated diseases. Our aim was to validate these previous observations in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and scrutinize the effect of the polymorphisms on gene expression in various(More)
Solitary eosinophilic granuloma that involves the CNS is an uncommon lesion and most frequently affects the hypothalamus. We report a new and rare case of solitary eosinophilic granuloma of the left temporal lobe in a patient without systemic disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by electron microscopy and immuohistochemical techniques. The treatment of(More)