María Guadalupe Ramírez-Dueñas

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Persistent high risk HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, the second most common malignant tumor in women worldwide. NK cells play a crucial role against tumors and virus-infected cells through a fine balance between activating and inhibitory receptors. Expression of triggering receptors NKp30, NKp44, NKp46 and NKG2D on NK cells correlates with(More)
Antibodies against cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP) are widely used for diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We performed a comparative analysis of antibodies targeting the citrullinating enzyme peptidylarginine deiminase type 4 (anti-PAD4) and mutated citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV) with anti-CCP autoantibodies in RA patients and examined(More)
A search for mutations in exons 6, 7, 9 and 12 of the PS1 gene in four Mexican families with Early-Onset (36-40 years) Alzheimer Disease yielded the discovery in one family of a T-->C mismatch in exon 7 which correspond to nucleotide 760 of cDNA, leading to a Leu171Pro mutation. The pedigree analysis and the literature data strongly suggest an(More)
OBJECTIVE Protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) is a G-protein-coupled receptor that is cleaved and activated by trypsin and tryptase. There is evidence that PAR-2 contributes to tumor progression in stomach, colon, pancreas, prostate and breast cancer patients. However, the role of PAR-2 in cervical cancer is still unknown. The aim of this work was to(More)
Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the CTLA-4 gene and elevated serum levels of soluble CTLA-4 (sCTLA-4) have been associated with autoimmunity including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this case–control study, we evaluated the relationship between the −319C/T (rs5742909) and CT60 G/A (rs3087243) SNPs and sCTLA-4 levels in 200 RA patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease of unknown etiology in which inflammatory pathology involves T cell activation and the CD28 costimulatory molecule involved in T cell presentation. The gene includes the CD28 IVS3 +17T/C polymorphism that could be associated with susceptibility to RA whereas the soluble concentrations of CD28(More)
OBJECTIVE The host immune response is essential for restraining both HPV infections and HPV-related cervical cancer. We previously reported a direct correlation between proteolytic activity and malignant progression from precursor lesions to invasive cervical carcinoma. The present study was undertaken to investigate whether proteinases from cervical(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of unknown etiology. Many cytokines have been found to be associated with RA pathogenesis and among them is macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). The aim of this study was to determine whether MIF serum levels are associated with RA course, clinical activity, and clinical biomarkers of(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects the skin and the joints. Psoriasis is characterized by the keratinocyte proliferation, which is induced by cytokines Th1 and Th17. Patients with plaque psoriasis present a chronic inflammatory response with high levels of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23. Various single-nucleotide(More)
The influence of genetic factors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been described, including several cytokine genes such as transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) with regulatory effects on lymphocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages, chondrocytes, and osteoblasts, which are important in the RA pathogenesis. The G915C TGF-β1 polymorphism has been associated with(More)