Núria Vilarrasa García

Learn More
BACKGROUND Chloride-bicarbonate anion exchangers (AE) are thought to be essential to the generation of ion fluxes into biliary, salivary, pancreatic, and other secretions. In primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), chronic cholestasis is frequently associated with pluriglandular exocrine failure. The present study examined the expression of AE genes in PBC at the(More)
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) is a cytokine with pleiotropic properties that is induced in a variety of pathological situations including viral infections. In this work, we analyzed the expression of TNF-alpha gene in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Serum TNF-alpha levels were found to be elevated in all chronic hepatitis C patients including(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Positron emission tomography (PET) allows imaging and quantitative analysis of organ functions in basal and stimulated conditions. We have applied this method to the study of biliary bicarbonate secretion in humans. METHODS PET was performed in 5 healthy subjects and 13 patients with hepatobiliary disorders after intravenous injection of(More)
For the 30-50% of patients with chronic hepatitis C who do not respond to alpha-interferon therapy there is no alternative treatment. Some previously untreated patients have shown a biochemical response to ribavirin, but the antiviral effects of this substance on alpha-interferon-resistant cases is largely unknown. Twelve patients with chronic hepatitis C(More)
Salivary gland ducts play a relevant role in saliva secretion through transport processes. Na(+)-independent chloride-bicarbonate anion exchangers (AE) may be involved in these processes by generating ion fluxes into the salivary secretion. In Sjögren's syndrome, a disorder with gland dysfunction, there might be an impaired expression of AE proteins. Here(More)
To investigate the involvement of T-cell response against hepatitis C virus (HCV) antigens in viral clearance after interferon therapy, we measured interleukin-2 (IL-2) production by peripheral mononuclear cells in response to HCV core in patients with chronic hepatitis C. In a cohort of 43 patients, we investigated the frequency of circulating(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS In chronic hepatitis C, interferon alfa induces sustained remission in less than 30% of treated patients. The aim of this study is to analyze viral status early after initiation interferon therapy as a predictor of treatment outcome. METHODS One hundred eighty-one patients with chronic hepatitis C who had been treated with interferon(More)
BACKGROUND Aplastic anemia is a rare and severe disease. Its incidence varies considerably worldwide. We aimed at describing the epidemiology of this disease, including the incidence, mortality and survival trends, in a well-defined population. DESIGN AND METHODS Since 1980, a case-control surveillance study of aplastic anemia has been carried out by a(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an RNA virus that replicates in both the liver and lymphoid cells. Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is a useful treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) although resistance to this drug occurs frequently. The mechanisms underlying resistance to IFN remain unknown. In this work, we have measured the levels of glutathione in plasma and(More)