María Laura Bertolaccini

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OBJECTIVE To apply the new American College of Rheumatology nomenclature for neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE), determine the prevalence of the different neuropsychiatric (NP) syndromes, and evaluate which of these manifestations correlates with the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Methods. Clinical, serological, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify the association of autoantibodies against prothrombin with the clinical manifestations of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and with the presence of lupus anticoagulant (LAC). METHODS We examined 265 patients who visited our autoimmune disease clinic. IgG and IgM antiprothrombin antibodies were tested by enzyme-linked immunosorbent(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the main causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) during a 5-year period and to determine clinical and immunological parameters with prognostic significance. METHODS The clinical and immunological features of a cohort of 1000 patients with APS from 13 European countries who had been followed(More)
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired disorder characterized by arterial and/or venous thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity. In solid assays, sera from patients with APS usually react to negatively charged phospholipids (PL) and PL cofactors such as β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI). Binding to neutral PL such as phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) is less(More)
Abstract: Current classification criteria for definite APS recommend the use of one or more of three positive standardized laboratory assays, including anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), lupus anticoagulant (LA), and antibodies directed to β(2)glycoprotein I (anti-β(2)GPI) to detect antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) in the presence of at least one of the two(More)
We evaluated the clinical significance of aPT and aPS-PT by testing for the presence of these antibodies in 212 SLE patients and in 100 healthy individuals. Results show that anti-prothrombin antibodies were found in 47% of the patients (aPT in 31% and aPS-PT in 31%). Their presence did not correlate with that of aCL, anti-beta2GPI, LA and/or anti-protein(More)
Current classification criteria for definite Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) require the use of three laboratory assays to detect antiphospholipid antibodies (aCL, anti-β2GPI and LA) in the presence of at least one of the two major clinical manifestations (i.e. thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity) of the syndrome. However, several other autoantibodies shown(More)
Beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GPI) is a major antigen for antiphospholipid antibodies (Abs, aPL) present in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). We recently reported (J. Lipid Res., 42: 697, 2001; J. Lipid Res., 43: 1486, 2002) that beta2-GPI specifically binds to Cu2+-oxidized LDL (oxLDL) and that the beta2-GPI ligands are omega-carboxylated(More)
Management of central nervous system (CNS) involvement still remains one of the most challenging problems in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The best available evidence for the treatment of CNS lupus is largely based on retrospective series, case reports and expert opinion. Current therapy is empirical and tailored to the individual patient.(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of the main causes of morbi-mortality in the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) during a 10-year-follow-up period and to compare the frequency of early manifestations with those that appeared later. METHODS In 1999, we started an observational study of 1000 APS patients from 13 European countries. All had medical histories(More)