José A Montoro

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BACKGROUND Although dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of unknown and probably multifactorial etiology, a change in immune mechanisms is presumably significant, with many abnormalities in humoral and cellular responses having been reported. The heart thus becomes the target organ for an initial episode of myocardial damage that triggers an autoimmune(More)
A seasonal variation in the proliferative response to mitogens and in the proportion of splenic lymphocyte subpopulations was found in mice housed in a constant environment. The lymphoproliferative responses to T-cell and B-cell mitogens reached maximum values in autumn and summer. Identification of lymphocyte subpopulations by flow cytometry demonstrated(More)
BACKGROUND The association of melanoma with HLA class II loci is under extensive debate. Different investigators have found discrepant results due to, at least in part, sample size, patient series heterogeneity, choice of control population and differences in the techniques employed for the detection of HLA antigens and alleles. OBJECTIVES This study was(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been transmitted by tissue transplantation. In order to reduce the risk of HBV transmission, testing for antibody to HBV core antigen (anti-HBc) is used in addition to testing for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in many blood centers and tissue banks. DESIGN AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a commercial HCV RNA RT-PCR screening method and provide data on the prevalence and incidence rates of hepatitis C in Spain. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Five transfusion centers participated in the study, covering 34.1 percent of the country's total number of donations. All the(More)
We report a typical case of post-transfusion purpura (PTP) due to anti-PlAl in a 65-year-old woman. Serological studies were carried out using flow cytometry (FCM). The patient also developed red cell alloantibodies that produced a delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction (DHTR) and broad HLA antibodies. Treatment with high-dose intravenous IgG (HDIgG; a(More)
The association between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II antigens and celiac disease (CD) was analyzed in a Spanish population. No association with DRB1*04 and DQB1*0302 was noted. The main associated haplotype (70.8%) was DRB1*03-DQB1*0201-DQA1*0501(DR3-DQ2), followed by DRB1*07-DQB1*0202-DQA1*0201 (DR7-DQ2) haplotype, which is associated with(More)
The association of narcolepsy with HLA class I antigens and HLA class II alleles was studies in a series of Spanish narcoleptic patients. The haplotype DRB1*1501-DRB5*0101-DQA1*0102-DQB1*0602 was found to be significantly associated with the disease, while the haplotype DRB1*0701-DRB4*01-DQA1*0201-DQB1*02 might confer a slight protective effect against(More)
In the present study a new DNA extraction method is described. The new protocol, which uses caprylic acid for isolating DNA, is technically simple and very fast, as it enables us to obtain DNA from peripheral blood in only 10 minutes. Moreover, DNA preparations obtained with this procedure can be effectively used for HLA class II and variable number tandem(More)