Juan S Beloscar

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We studied the features of parallel immunoneuroendocrine responses in patients with different degrees of chronic Chagas myocarditis (indeterminate, mild/moderate or severe). A systemic inflammatory scenario was evident in patients with severe myocarditis compared to healthy subjects. This was paralleled by a disrupted activation of the(More)
Chronic Chagas' disease occurs in a variable number of infected individuals and mainly manifests as an inflammatory cardiomyopathy that may lead to a fatal course. The factors underlying the establishment of chronic myocardial lesions are not fully understood. The study included 71 unrelated individuals serologically positive for T. cruzi. A group of 81 no(More)
DNA typing of human lymphocyte antigen (HLA)-dicloro-1-[beta]-D-ribofuranosyl-benzimidazole 1 (DRB1) alleles in 35 individuals serologically positive for T. cruzi and in 41 healthy controls was performed. DRB1*0409 allele was significantly more prevalent in seropositive individuals, with a trend being also observed for the DRB1*0701 and DRB1*1503 alleles.(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Trypanosoma cruzi infection has been shown to induce humoral autoimmune responses against host antigens tissues. Particularly, antibodies cross-reacting with myocardial antigens may play a role in the development of the severe forms of chronic Chagas disease. The aim of this study was to determine the association between clinical(More)
Extrathymic CD4+CD8+ double-positive (DP) T cells are increased in some pathophysiological conditions, including infectious diseases. In the murine model of Chagas disease, it has been shown that the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is able to target the thymus and induce alterations of the thymic microenvironment and the lymphoid compartment. In the(More)
The protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is able to target the thymus and induce alterations of the thymic microenvironmental and lymphoid compartments. Acute infection results in severe atrophy of the organ and early release of immature thymocytes into the periphery. To date, the pathophysiological effects of thymic changes promoted by parasite-inducing(More)
BACKGROUND Benznidazole is recommended for treatment of Chagas infection. Effects of combination therapy with benznidazole and posaconazole have not been tested in Trypanosoma cruzi carriers. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether posaconazole alone or combined with benznidazole were superior to benznidazole monotherapy in(More)
Given that cardiovascular risk factors (CRF), such as smoking, alcoholism and hypertension, may contribute to the development of heart lesions, chronically Trypanosoma cruzi-infected individuals were studied to explore the relationship between the presence of such CRF, cardiomyopathy and antibodies that have been proposed to play a pathogenetic role in(More)
BACKGROUND Sudden cardiac death is a major cause of mortality in western countries and the ventricular tachyarrhythmias are mainly involved in this regard. The adrenergic autonomic nervous system has influences in provoking life-threatening arrhythmias, and the prevention of such arrhythmias with beta-blockers supports this viewpoint. To evaluate the effect(More)
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