Maria de Mascena Diniz Maia

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Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is the most common bacterial cause of sexually transmitted disease. High-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) is considered the main etiological agent for cervical neoplasia. Evidences showed that the presence of co-infection of CT and HR-HPV plays a central role in the etiology of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and(More)
Polymorphisms in interleukin (IL)-18, IL-12 and interferon (IFN)-γ genes are associated with different levels of cytokines expression and have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). IL-18 +105 A/C, IL-12B +1188 A/C and IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphisms were analyzed by restriction fragment length polymorphism-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and(More)
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted organism associated with Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer, the second main cause of malignancy in women worldwide. The virus itself, however, is not enough to cause lesions on the cervix. Several studies suggest that some polymorphic sites changes the cytokines levels and(More)
To investigate the association of the IL-6 gene promoter polymorphism (-174 G/C) with SLE susceptibility and disease features in Brazilian patients, a case-control study of 80 lupus cases and 60 volunteer healthy women was performed. Genotyping was carried out by polymerase chain reaction and PCR product was digested by HSP92II restriction enzyme, being(More)
The pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is complex, with several susceptibility genes and environmental factors involved in its development and clinical manifestation. Currently, there is a great amount of interest in the identification of biomarkers, as cytokines, that can quantify the susceptibility of SLE, the risk of future organ(More)
Polymorphisms in chemokine receptors play an important role in the progression of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) to cervical cancer (CC). Our study examined the association of CCR2-64I (rs1799864) andCCR5-Δ32 (rs333) polymorphisms with susceptibility to develop cervical lesion (CIN and CC) in a Brazilian population. The genotyping of 139 women(More)
This study was carried out to develop a simple and inexpensive method for detection of Human papillomavirus (HPV 18) based on irreversible immobilization of ultra specific primer on silanized glass slides. This method is revealed by Blue Green Loading Dye I (LGC) and compared with conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for endocervical samples. The(More)
During prolonged fasting in lizard and rat, plasma levels of unesterified cholesterol (UC) and phospholipids (TPL) decreased and there were reductions and increases, respectively, in the molar ratios of lecithin (PC) to sphingomyelin (SPH) and UC to TPL. Plasma lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase (LCATase) activity in lizard and rat plasma was reduced(More)
BACKGROUND H19 is a strong candidate gene for influencing birth weight variation and is exclusively imprinted maternally. In an attempt to understand the relationship of this gene polymorphism with low birth weight children, we investigated association of H19/RsaI polymorphism with low birth weight and normal birth weight in children and their mothers. (More)
Cholesterol esterase (CEase) and acylcoenzyme A: cholesterol acyltransferase (ACATase) activities were identified in liver cytoplasmatic extracts from Tropidurus torquatos (Iguanidae), Ameiva ameiva (Teiidae) and Hemidactylus mabouia (Gekkonidae). Optimum conditions were established to measure the hydrolytic activity of CEase and esterifying activities of(More)