Laura Colmenares Guerra

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The hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor (HPT-JT) syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by the occurrence of parathyroid tumors and ossifying jaw fibromas. The gene causing HPT-JT, HRPT2, is located on chromosome 1q31.2 and consists of 17 exons that encode a 531-amino acid protein, designated parafibromin. We recently identified six Roma(More)
CD4 is a transmembrane glycoprotein fundamental for cell-mediated immunity. Its action as a T cell co-receptor increases the avidity of association between a T cell and an antigen-presenting cell by interacting with portions of the complex between MHC class II and TR molecules. In this paper we report the cDNA cloning, expression and structural analysis of(More)
The authors report long-term results in 17 patients with surgically treated congenital intradural spinal arachnoid cysts. Comparison between the immediate and long-term results demonstrates that surgical removal of the cyst allowed a significant neurological improvement in all cases, but clinical worsening of various degrees was observed later. The authors(More)
AIM A muscle contracture is the main responsible for low back pain and it consists of a persistent and involuntary muscle shortening, but it may be also the consequence of back pain thus fostering the painful condition. The goals of a pharmacological treatment for acute low back are, therefore, not only the relief of pain, but also the reduction of muscle(More)
Different developmental stages (from eggs to 1-year-old juveniles) of the teleost fish Dicentrarchus labrax (L.) were assayed for CD4 gene expression. RT-PCR revealed the appearance of CD4 transcripts in post-larvae from 51 days post-hatching (dph). This finding overlaps the first detection of CD8-alpha mRNA. Real-time PCR with specific primers quantified(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is responsible for many systemic growth hormone (GH) functions although it has an extensive number of inherent activities (anabolic, cytoprotective, and anti-inflammatory). The potential options for IGF-1 therapy arise as a promising strategy in a wide list of human diseases. However, deeper studies are needed from a(More)
Eggs, larvae, post-larvae and sexually immature juveniles of the teleost Dicentrarchus labrax (L.) were assayed for the expression of genes encoding the T cell receptor beta and CD8alpha. RT-PCR of RNA extracted from larvae revealed TCRbeta transcripts from day 25 post-hatching (ph) and CD8alpha transcripts from 26 days later. At day 51 ph, CD8alpha and(More)
Contrary to what was assumed regarding the presence of respiratory proteins in insects, a functional hemocyanin was recently found in larvae and adults of the stoneflies species Perla marginata, whereas in the close species Perla grandis, hemocyanin functionality was deduced from sequence data. In order to verify if the presence of this ancient trait is(More)
The secretory region of the salivary glands in Glossina pallidipes Austen (Diptera: Glossinidae) is characterized by an external muscle layer. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy investigations provide a detailed description of the longitudinal muscle fibres and a comparison of their structure when affected by salivary gland(More)
The authors analyse the case of a 58-year-old male suffering from substantially "atypical" multiple sclerosis (MS), both in terms of the late onset and because of some characteristics of the course of disease. The patient was treated with a subcutaneous immunomodulator (thymopentin) at a dose of 50 mg/day in 3-monthly cycles with intervals of 2 months(More)