Laura A. Cervi

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Eosinophils (Eo) are known to be important effector cells in the host defense against helminth parasites. Excretory-secretory products (ESP) released by helminths have shown wide immunomodulatory properties, such as the induction of cellular apoptosis. We investigated the ability of ESP from Fasciola hepatica to induce Eo apoptosis. In this work, we(More)
The effect of Fasciola hepatica excretory-secretory antigen (ESA) on the proliferative response of spleen mononuclear (SpM) cells of normal rats to stimulation with mitogens has been examined. When ESA was added to normal SpM cells, there was a decrease in the proliferative response to concanavalin A (Con A) or lipo-polysaccharide (LPS) in a dose-dependent(More)
Because of their plasticity and central role in orchestrating immunity and tolerance, DCs can respond to pregnancy-specific signals, thus promoting the appropriate immune response in order to support pregnancy. Here, we show that pregnancy-specific glycoprotein (PSG1a), the major variant of PSG released into the circulation during pregnancy, targets DCs to(More)
Among several explanations for the acceptance of the fetus, the one that suggests that the maternal immune system is suppressed or modified has been the subject of many studies. Thus, it has been proposed that the cells of innate immune system might be able to distinguish the pregnant from the non-pregnant state producing a signal, the so-called signal P.(More)
The excretory-secretory antigen of Fasciola hepatica (ESA) is involved in the suppressive phenomena of cellular immune responses in rats. The ESA can depress the proliferative response of spleen mononuclear cells and inhibit nitric oxide (NO) production by peritoneal cells. In the present study we identified ESA proteins of ca 24 kDa, which shared(More)
In the present study we investigated the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the effector mechanisms of host defense against Cryptococcus neoformans in vivo. Our results showed an increase of NO produced by the peritoneal macrophages from 14-days infected rats compared with normal rats. These cells were capable of killing C. neoformans to a greater extent than(More)
Dendritic cells (DC) have the potential to control the outcome of autoimmunity by modulating the immune response. In this study, we tested the ability of Fasciola hepatica total extract (TE) to induce tolerogenic properties in CpG-ODN (CpG) maturated DC, to then evaluate the therapeutic potential of these cells to diminish the inflammatory response in(More)
Helminths express various carbohydrate-containing glycoconjugates on their surface, and they release glycan-rich excretion/secretion products that can be very important in their life cycles, infection and pathology. Recent evidence suggests that parasite glycoconjugates could play a role in the evasion of the immune response, leading to a modified(More)
UNLABELLED We report a case of Alternaria keratitis and hypopyon following clear-corneal cataract surgery. A 66-year-old woman presented with a painful red left eye several months after uneventful self-sealing clear-corneal phacoemulsification that was unresponsive to prolonged treatment with topical/oral quinolones and topical corticosteroids. A(More)
AML in the elderly is characterized by intrinsic biological features implying an enhanced chemoresistance. Intensive chemotherapy should be the treatment of choice, but the standard doses could induce unacceptable rates of aplastic deaths. We evaluated the efficacy of an induction protocol with attenuated-dose idarubicin (IDA) 8 mg/m2 for 3 d plus(More)