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BACKGROUND Interferon-gamma is a key cytokine in the protective responses against intracellular pathogens. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) located in the first intron of the human IFN-gamma gene can putatively influence the secretion of cytokine with an impact on infection outcome as demonstrated for tuberculosis and other complex diseases. Our aim(More)
We have compared the efficacy of two Leishmania (Leishmania) major vaccines, one genetically attenuated (DHFR-TS deficient organisms), the other inactivated [autoclaved promastigotes (ALM) with bacillus Calmete-Guérin (BCG)], in protecting rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) against infection with virulent L. (L.) major. Positive antigen-specific recall(More)
Seven rhesus macaques were infected intradermally with 10(7) promastigotes of Leishmania (Leishmania) major. All monkeys developed a localized, ulcerative, self-healing nodular skin lesion at the site of inoculation of the parasite. Non-specific chronic inflammation and/or tuberculoid-type granulomatous reaction were the main histopathological(More)
The present studies on infections with Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis in rhesus macaques were made to characterize the evolution of different parasite strains and the immune responses they elicited in this experimental host. A standardized inoculum of promastigotes was injected intradermally either above the eyelid or on the forearm of each monkey.(More)
BACKGROUND The drug of choice for leishmaniasis is pentavalent antimony and different regimens are under continuous evaluation. The ideal therapy should be simple, effective, and with no or minor side-effects. In this paper we have studied the efficacy of intralesionally applied antimony in New World cutaneous leishmaniasis. METHODS Seventy-four patients(More)
Leishmaniasis is an endemic disease in developing countries. The efficacy of therapy is usually evaluated through clinical parameters. To define the parasitologic cure, 20 patients were biopsied before and 1 month to 8 years after treatment. Paraffin-embedded tissue was used for DNA isolation. All patients had a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR)(More)
BACKGROUND CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes play different roles in the outcome of leishmaniasis. However, T-cell distribution in lesions shows significant variability in in situ immunocytochemical studies. OBJECTIVES In this report flow cytometry was used to determine the predominant T-cell subsets in leishmaniasis lesions, and their relationship with(More)
Subclinical or asymptomatic infection is documented in individuals living in endemic areas for leishmaniasis suggesting that the development of an appropriate immune response can control parasite replication and maintain tissue integrity. A low morbidity indicates that intrinsic factors could favor resistance to Leishmania infection. Herein, leishmanial(More)
From July 1984 to September 1986, 105 cases of American cutaneous leishmaniasis were studied in a locality closely situated to an urbanized area of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Settlement in this area was established at least 20 years ago but the first cases were noted six months prior to the beginning of this study. Cases were almost exclusively(More)
The efficacy of an antimony regimen at the dose of 20 mg/kg/day for a 3-4-week period is well established in the treatment of American cutaneous leishmaniasis. Several drug side effects, however, have been described and the search for more suitable regimens is advisable. In the present paper, the effect of a low dose (5 mg/kg/day for 30 days) of antimony(More)