María del Carmen Jiménez-Martínez

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In some chronic pathological conditions, antigen persistence activates and expands the CD4+ CD57+ T-cell subset. The host immune response against tuberculosis infection is maintained through the continuous presence of antigen-stimulated effector/memory helper T cells. To determine whether CD4+ CD57+ T cells were also expanded in human tuberculosis, we(More)
AIM To evaluate the frequency, phenotype and the potential function of CD57+ T cell subsets in patients with pars planitis. METHODS CD4+CD57+ and CD8+CD57+ T cells were quantitated in peripheral blood from 15 patients with pars planitis and 15 healthy controls. To evaluate the phenotype and potential function of CD57+ T cell subsets CCR7, CD27, CD28,(More)
INTRODUCTION Human limbal epithelial cells (huLEC) have been used for clinical purposes in ocular surface diseases to promote rapid re-epithelisation and restore corneal epithelium integrity. However, in Mexico this technique has not been fully developed. This study was conducted to characterize the huLEC phenotype expanded in vitro using a cell culture(More)
O-glycosidically-linked glycans have been involved in development, maturation, homing, and immune regulation in T cells. Previous reports indicate that Amaranthus leucocarpus lectin (ALL), specific for glycans containing galactose-N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine, recognizes human naïve CD27(+)CD25(+)CD4(+) T cells. Our aim was to evaluate(More)
UNLABELLED Amniotic membrane (AM) is the inner layer of the placenta, which is in contact with the fetus; it has been used for transplantation in ocular surface diseases. It has been reported that amniotic membrane promotes epithelialization, inhibits angiogenesis and diminishes ocular inflammation. A persistent epithelial defect is the delay in epithelial(More)
The genetic and immunophenotypic characteristics of a 3-year-old patient with Blau syndrome (BS), an early onset sarcoidosis caused by mutations in NOD2, were investigated. Molecular analysis of NOD2 gene was achieved by PCR and direct nucleotide sequencing. Immunophenotyping included cytometric analysis of memory-effector markers on T-cells, and cytokine(More)
PURPOSE Blau syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by early onset granulomatous arthritis, uveitis, skin rash and camptodactyly. We report a familial case of Blau syndrome associated with a CARD15/NOD2 mutation. METHODS PCR amplification and automated DNA sequencing of the complete CARD15/NOD2 coding sequence was performed. (More)
Allergic conjunctivitis (AC) is one of the most common eye disorders in ophthalmology. In mice models, it has been suggested that control of allergic conjunctivitis is a delicate balance between Tregs and inflammatory migrating effector cells. Our aim was to evaluate the frequency of Tregs and the frequency of homing receptors expressing cells in peripheral(More)
Pterygium is one of the most frequent pathologies in ophthalmology, and is a benign, fibrovascular lesion originating from the bulbar conjunctiva. It is composed of an epithelium and highly vascular, subepithelial, loose connective tissue. The etiology of pterygium is not clearly understood; the most widely recognized originating factor is ultraviolet(More)
The main known function of the pineal gland in humans is the production of melatonin. Benign cysts of the gland have been related to headache, although the mechanism of production of this assumed clinical manifestation has not been clearly determined, due to the lack of large prospective studies. The question is complicated by the fact that pineal cysts are(More)