Maria Luiza Brito de Sousa Atta

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Antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies classically have been associated with thrombotic phenomena and abortion in patients with autoimmune diseases. The objective of the present work was to evaluate the frequency of such antibodies in patients infected with HIV and study its association with the presence of clinical manifestations of antiphospholipid syndrome(More)
Jaccoud’s arthropathy (JA) is a condition characterized clinically by ‘reversible’ joint deformities along with an absence of articular erosions on a plain radiograph. The main clinical entity associated with JA is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with a prevalence of around 5 %. The aim of the present study was to compare the inflammatory markers(More)
Human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is endemic in many regions of the world, including Brazil, and has been associated to several immunological manifestations such as arthritis, uveitis, dermatitis and Sjögren’s syndrome. This study was intended to evaluate the frequency of autoantibodies in patients infected with HTLV-1 and manifesting(More)
This work investigated the serum cytokine profile (IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, IFN-gamma and BAFF) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) carriers with autoimmunity. Forty-seven HCV carriers and 28 healthy controls were evaluated. Cytokine levels were measured by ELISA. Patients and controls presented similar levels of IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, IFN-gamma and BAFF (p>0.05).(More)
The anti-inflammatory effect of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) has been investigated in dyslipidemic patients treated with these pharmacologic agents. The aim of this study was to investigate the serum levels of cytokines and chemokines that have been associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease in Brazilian(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the frequency of thyroid disorders (TD) in patients with chronic hepatitis C before and during interferon-alpha (IFN-α) and ribavirin (RIB) treatment. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. PATIENTS AND METHODS We prospectively studied 65 anti-HCV and viral RNA positive patients. Free thyroxine, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and thyroid(More)
This work investigated the profile of inflammation biomarkers in patients with chronic hepatitis C and its association with liver fibrosis, hepatic necroinflammatory activity, viral genotypes and cryoglobulinemia. Seventy-eight untreated patients were studied. Biomarker levels were determined by immunoassays, cryoglobulinemia by cryoprecipitation and liver(More)
Cryoglobulinemia and non-organ-specific-autoantibody are biomarkers of autoimmunity of the chronic infection caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). In this work, we report the association between the presence of smooth muscle antibodies (SMA) and cryoglobulinemia and chronic liver disease in HCV carriers. Sixty-five untreated HCV patients, 38 women and 27 men(More)
Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes a quantitative and functional alteration in innate and adaptative immunity. In the present work, we determined by flow-cytometry the profile of blood lymphocyte of untreated HCV patients and in subjects of this group that achieved or not an early virologic response at 12-weeks of treatment with(More)
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