Maria-Cristina Roque-Barreira

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KM(+) is a mannose-binding lectin from Artocarpus integrifolia that induces interleukin (IL)-12 production by macrophages and protective T helper 1 immune response against Leishmania major infection. In this study, we performed experiments to evaluate the therapeutic activity of jackfruit KM(+) (jfKM(+)) and its recombinant counterpart (rKM(+)) in(More)
In the present study we evaluated Canavalia brasiliensis (ConBr), Pisum arvense (PAA) and Artocarpus integrifolia (KM+) lectins as immunostimulatory molecules in vaccination against Leishmania amazonensis infection. Although they induced IFN-gamma production, the combination of the lectins with SLA antigen did not lead to lesion reduction. However, parasite(More)
This study aimed to investigate the immunological mechanisms involved in the gender distinct incidence of paracoccidioidomycosis (pcm), an endemic systemic mycosis in Latin America, which is at least 10 times more frequent in men than in women. Then, we compared the immune response of male and female mice to Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection, as well(More)
We determined the prophylactic effect of both the d-mannose-binding lectin ArtinM extracted from the seeds of Artocarpus integrifolia (jackfruit) and its recombinant counterpart during the course of experimental paracoccidioidomycosis induced in BALB/c mice. Four experimental protocols of prophylaxis were employed to evaluate the most protective regimen of(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis components interact with host cells and can influence the pathogenesis of paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM). Among the components released by P. brasiliensis, gp 43 and a heavily glycosylated antigen with MM>160 kDa are the most recognized by serum antibodies from patients with PCM. In order to isolate the high MM glycoconjugate, we(More)
BACKGROUND ArtinM is a d-mannose-specific lectin from Artocarpus integrifolia seeds that induces neutrophil migration and activation, degranulation of mast cells, acceleration of wound healing, induction of interleukin-12 production by macrophages and dendritic cells, and protective T helper 1 immune response against Leishmania major, Leishmania amazonensis(More)
Host cell invasion by Toxoplasma gondii is tightly coupled to the apical release of micronemal proteins (MIC). In this work, we evaluated the protective effect encountered in C57BL/6 mice immunized with MIC1 and MIC4 purified from soluble tachyzoite antigens by affinity to immobilized lactose. The immunized mice presented high serum levels of IgG1 and IgG2b(More)
Cell-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (cell-ELISA) is an useful technique for the quantitative analysis of cell surface antigen expression that was developed on the basis of enzyme immunohistochemistry (EIH) and ELISA. Since its development, which was made possible by the establishment of monoclonal antibody technology, a wide range of cell types and(More)
ArtinM, a D-mannose-binding lectin from Artocarpus heterophyllus (jackfruit), interacts with N-glycosylated receptors on the surface of several cells of hematopoietic origin, triggering cell migration, degranulation, and cytokine release. Because malignant transformation is often associated with altered expression of cell surface glycans, we evaluated the(More)
The thermally dimorphic fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is the causative agent of paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), the most frequent systemic mycosis that affects the rural populations in Latin America. Despite significant developments in antifungal chemotherapy, its efficacy remains limited since drug therapy is prolonged and associated with toxic side(More)