Juliana Bordignon Draibe

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INTRODUCTION Standard therapy with corticosteroids (CS) and cyclophosphamide (CYC) followed by azathioprine has been shown to improve renal and patient survival in ANCA-associated renal vasculitis (rAAV). Mycophenolate mofetil (MF) has been progressively introduced for the treatment of rAAV in the last years because of its immunosuppressive efficacy(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are associated with decreased renal function and increased mortality risk, while the therapeutic armamentarium is unsatisfactory. The availability of adequate animal models may speed up the discovery of biomarkers for disease staging and therapy individualization as well as design and testing of(More)
OBJECTIVES B cells are central to the pathology of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), a disease characterized by autoantibodies and effectively treated by rituximab. In addition to promoting inflammation, a subset of B cells act to suppress harmful autoimmune responses (Breg). The balance of effector and regulatory B cell subsets in AAV is not known. This(More)
INTRODUCTION Quinoline-3-carboximide compounds, such as paquinimod, which targets the protein S100A9, have demonstrated efficacy in treating autoimmune diseases. S100A9, in association with S100A8, forms the heterodimer S100A8/S100A9, known as calprotectin; that has been shown to be upregulated in numerous inflammatory disorders. We had previously(More)
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is characterized by a variable disease course, with up to 50% of patients having one relapse within 5 years and many progressing to end-stage organ damage despite modern treatment strategies. Moreover, complications arising from treatment dominate the causes of mortality and morbidity(More)
Patients with difficult-to-treat idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS), steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS), or frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) require long-term immunosuppressive therapy. Rituximab offers an alternative treatment for patients with disease that has not responded to multiple therapies. Our objective was to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND ANCA associated vasculitis (AAV) is an autoimmune disease with significant morbidity and mortality, in which diagnostic delay is associated with worse outcomes. AAV is rarely found in association with other immune mediated diseases. Early recognition of such overlaps enables more timely diagnosis and may impact on disease outcome. We reviewed(More)
OBJECTIVE S100A8/A9 (calprotectin) has shown promise as a biomarker for predicting relapse in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). This study was undertaken to investigate serum S100A8/A9 level as a biomarker for predicting future relapse in a large cohort of patients with severe AAV. METHODS Serum levels of S100A8/A9(More)
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