Mariana Correa Franco

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Tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis where formyl peptides, which are cleavage products of bacterial and mitochondrial proteins, are present. In this study, we demonstrated that interferon gamma (IFN)-gamma and interleukin (IL)-10 induced the overexpression of the receptor for the Fc portion of IgG I (FcgammaRI)(More)
Differentiated thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism are treated with radioiodine. However, when the radioisotope dose exceeds certain limits, the patient must be hospitalized to avoid contact with people that would otherwise be exposed to radiation. It would be desirable to obtain a similar therapeutic effect using lower radioiodine doses. Radiosensitizers(More)
The ability of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from patients with active tuberculosis to display cytotoxic responses against autologous Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-pulsed macrophages was evaluated. Non-MHC restricted cell-dependent lytic activity was observed in ex vivo effector cells from tuberculosis patients and was mediated mainly by(More)
Interleukin 9 (IL-9) is a T-cell derived factor preferentially expressed by CD4+ Th2 cells and it has been characterized both in human and murine systems. It is a pleiotropic cytokine with multiple functions on cells of the lymphoid, myeloid and mast cell lineages, as well as on lung epithelial cells. Other activities described for IL-9 support its(More)
Giardiasis, caused by the protozoan Giardia intestinalis, is one of the most common intestinal diseases worldwide and constitutes an important problem for the public health systems of various countries. Kefir is a probiotic drink obtained by fermenting milk with 'kefir grains', which consist mainly of bacteria and yeasts that coexist in a complex symbiotic(More)
Protection against intracellular pathogens such as Mycobacterium leprae is critically dependent on the function of NK cells at early stages of the immune response and on Th1 cells at later stages. In the present report we evaluated the role of IL-18 and IL-13, two cytokines that can influence NK cell activity, in the generation of M. leprae-derived(More)
A cellular suspension from rat submandibular glands was exposed to different concentrations of NH4Cl, and the variations of the intracellular concentration of calcium ([Ca2+]i) and the intracellular pH (pHi) were measured using fura-2 and 2',7'-bis-(2-carboxy-ethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein. More than 5 mmol/l NH4Cl significantly increased the [Ca2+]i(More)
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