Maria Conceição Martins

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Identification of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) based on phenotypic tests is time-consuming, labor-intensive, expensive and often provides erroneous or inconclusive results. In the molecular method referred to as PRA-hsp65, a fragment of the hsp65 gene is amplified by PCR and then analyzed by restriction digest; this rapid approach offers the promise of(More)
PURPOSE Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is used widely in diagnostic assessment of breast lesions. However, cytomorphological evaluation depends heavily on the proficiency of cytopathologists. Because epigenetic alterations are frequent and specific enough to potentially augment the accuracy of malignant disease detection, we tested whether hypermethylation(More)
São Paulo is the most populous Brazilian state and reports the largest number of tuberculosis cases in the country annually (over 18,500). This study included 193 isolates obtained during the 2nd Nationwide Survey on Mycobacterium tuberculosis Drug Resistance that was conducted in São Paulo state and 547 isolates from a laboratory based study of drug(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate nitrate reductase assay (NRA) efficacy for streptomycin, isoniazid, rifampicin and ethambutol susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains. METHODS Results were generated by three laboratories: the Instituto Adolfo Lutz (IAL) Mycobacteria Reference Laboratory and two IAL Regional Laboratories in Santo André and(More)
Mycobacterium kansasii is the most common cause of pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria infection and classical identification of this pathogen needs a time consuming phenotypic tests. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis (PRA) of the gene enconding for the 65 kDa heat shock (hsp65) protein offers an easy, rapid, and(More)
The intent of this study was to estimate the shelf life of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains, and to observe the loss of viability in some of them from year to year. From 2000 to 2004, 10,015 cultures of M. tuberculosis were preserved by freezing on glass beads at -70 degrees C. With the expectation that the loss of viability might be around 5-10%/yr of(More)
This study investigated biological characteristics of recovered stressed M. tuberculosis isolates that failed to grow in differential culture media for phenotypic identification and in culture media containing anti-tuberculosis drugs for drug-susceptibility testing, despite of having grown in primary culture. It represents an improvement in the diagnosis of(More)
To determine whether the metabolism of chylomicrons and their remnants is related to atherogenesis, a triglyceride-rich emulsion known to mimic chylomicron behavior in plasma and labeled with 1-14C-cholesteryl oleate was injected intravenously into 11 normolipidemic patients (triglycerides: 133 +/- 60 mg/dl; total cholesterol: 207 +/- 20 mg/dl; LDL: 143 +/-(More)
A rapid detection of resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis is crucial for management and control of tuberculosis. This study evaluated a more rapid and cost-effective drug susceptibility testing (DST) protocol using primary isolates of M. tuberculosis in mycobacteria growth indicator tube (MGIT). Ninety-four M. tuberculosis isolates in MGIT were(More)
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