M E Estévez

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Despite the postulated role of the immune system in the control of the infection by Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, only a few studies have addressed this point in patients. The determination of total lymphocytes and their subpopulations in 6 untreated patients with the chronic form of paracoccidiodomycosis showed that half of them were lymphopenic, because(More)
Phagocytosis and lysis of C. pseudotropicalis by peripheral blood monocytes from Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were analysed. In Hodgkin's disease, there was a decrease in the phagocytic activity of blood monocytes; moreover, the candidacidal activity was significantly decreased as compared with normal controls. Although monocytes from non-Hodgkin's(More)
It is accepted that the immune alterations in patients with thalassemia major (TM) are secondary to the continuous transfusion-related antigenic stimulation together with iron overload. We evaluated the immune status of TM patients and found quantitative alterations in the distribution of peripheral blood lymphocyte subpopulations as well as functional(More)
There are very few chromosome studies using banding techniques of lymph nodes in Hodgkin's disease (HD), and determinations of immunologic phenotypes are scarce. We have performed both cytogenetic and immunologic studies in 12 of 22 lymph node biopsies of different histologic types obtained from 20 HD patients (no mitotic cells were found in the remaining(More)
We studied the function of phagocytes and the distribution of lymphocyte subpopulations in 23 patients with Idiopathic Minimal Change Nephrotic Syndrome. All the patients were in relapse at the time of the study. The latter was performed before specific therapy was started. Our control group consisted of 26 normal children who were studied while undergoing(More)
We studied the functions of peripheral blood monocytes and polymorphonuclear cells in 15 apparently healthy homosexual men, eight homosexual or bisexual subjects with unexplained generalized lymphadenopathies (pre-AIDS), four homosexual men with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and 15 heterosexual men. In comparison with normal controls, the(More)
Phagocyte function can be assayed by many laboratory tests including a cytomorphological method that uses Candida cells as target. The aim of this study was to correlate this technique with the production of toxic oxygen metabolites, measured by chemiluminescence (CL). The biological function of polymorphonuclear (PMN) cells and monocytes from the blood of(More)
We investigated the presence of NK suppressor factors in HIV+ sera. We further investigated if gp120 could be one of the substances responsible for the impairment of NKC regulation found in HIV+ asymptomatic patients. Our results indicate that HIV+ sera inhibit significantly normal NKC in a dose-dependent way, even at concentrations as low as 1%. The(More)
We evaluated phagolysosomal fusion in peripheral blood monocytes from 20 HIV-infected individuals and 40 normal controls, using a fluorescence assay with acridine orange as marker. The percentages of phagolysosomal fusion of monocytes from HIV-infected subjects, after 30 and 60 min of yeast ingestion, (mean +/- standard deviation) 57.2 +/- 17 and 63.2 +/-(More)
We evaluated phagocytic and lytic activities of peripheral blood monocytes (PBMo) from patients with thalassemia major (ThP) using C pseudotropicalis as the target. PBMo from ThP showed decreased lytic activity (P less than .001), whereas the phagocytic activity did not differ from that of the controls. Significant inverse correlations were found between(More)