Margarida S A Marques

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As the earliest atherosclerotic lesions begin during childhood, our aim was to correlate gender-related adiposity to classical cardiovascular risk factors in a group of children.An observational and transversal analysis was carried out in a cohort consisting of 161 children of both sexes, aged 6 to 17 years of age. Waist circumference was correlated to(More)
BACKGROUND About 70 loci are associated with susceptibility to Crohn's disease (CD), particularly in pathways of innate immunity, autophagy, and pathogen recognition. Phenotype-genotype associations are inconsistent. METHODS CD susceptibility polymorphisms ATG16L1 rs2241880, ICAM1 rs5498, IL4 rs2070874, IL17F rs763780, IRGM rs13361189, ITLN1 rs2274910,(More)
This article describes cases of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced autoimmune hepatitis and evaluates the outcome of these patients in relation to their immunosuppressive strategy. A retrospective analysis of medical records was performed in our center, in order to detect cases of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) associated with anti-TNF biologic agents.(More)
In order to improve the efficacy of conventional radiotherapy, attention has been paid to immune cells, which not only modulate cancer cell response to therapy but are also highly recruited to tumours after irradiation. Particularly, the effect of ionizing radiation on macrophages, using therapeutically relevant doses, is not well understood. To evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND Alcoholic chronic liver disease (ACLD) is a common form of acquired immunodeficiency. AIM To evaluate ex vivo toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 and TLR4 innate immune response in stable ACLD. METHODS Blood was collected from 26 males with stable ACLD and from 17 controls. Serum was used for lipopolysaccharide (LPS), sCD14, LPS-binding protein (LBP),(More)
OBJECTIVES Fibrosis, related to several causes, can be diagnosed in children and adolescents' liver grafts that are >1 year old. At present, liver biopsy is the gold standard for assessing liver damage in the posttransplant setting. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of noninvasive biomarkers of fibrosis, namely, acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI),(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric dysplasia is classified as adenomatous/type I (intestinal phenotype) and foveolar or pyloric/type II (gastric phenotype) according to morphological (architectural and cytological) features. The immunophenotypic classification of dysplasia, based on the expression of the mucins, CD10 and CDX2, recognizes the following immunophenotypes:(More)