Natalia Paladino

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In natural killer cells, killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) loci code for either inhibitory or activating receptors, and according to the number of genes present in each individual, it is possible to identify a high rate of polymorphism in the populations. We performed KIR typing by polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific oligonucleotide(More)
This study was designed to investigate the role of killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) genes in the outcome of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In patients who cleared the virus (HCV RNA-) we found a decrease of 2DL2 (P= 0.04), and 2DS2 (P= 0.014) accompanied by an increase of 2DS5 (P= 0.04). Those RNA+ patients with elevated levels of hepatic(More)
Elevated levels of interleukin 10 (IL-10) were previously described for chronically hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. We determined by a sequence-specific oligonucleotide probing technique the IL-10 promoter genotypes in 286 Argentinean HCV patients grouped according to disease outcome. The GG genotype (position -1082) is known to be associated(More)
The present study demonstrated that patients who have recurrent spontaneous abortions (RSA) presented a decreased number of killer immunoglobulin-like inhibitory receptors (KIR), in particular KIR2DL2. The KIR AA genotype was found increased in comparison with controls. Individuals AA will also be homozygous for 2DL3, which in contrast to 2DL2, show a(More)
Systemic low doses of the endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administered at CT15 (circadian time 12 corresponds to locomotor activity onset) induce phase delays of locomotor activity rhythms in mice. To evaluate if this effect was mediated by the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), our present aim was to characterize the circadian behavior and LPS-induced(More)
UNLABELLED Systemic low doses of the endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 100 µg/kg) administered during the early night induce phase-delays of locomotor activity rhythms in mice. Our aim was to evaluate the role of tumor necrosis factor (Tnf)-alpha and its receptor 1/p55 (Tnfr1) in the modulation of LPS-induced circadian effects on the suprachiasmatic(More)
We previously reported that paediatric (PAH) and adult (AAH) forms of type I autoimmune hepatitis (AH) have different HLA-associations and clinical outcome. In the present study we investigated the role of TGF-beta1 genetic polymorphisms in the different outcome of PAH and AAH. We found a significant increase of "high producer" 25GG genotype in PAH and 10CC(More)
It has been proposed that progesterone (P4) induces the suppression of immune responses, particularly during pregnancy. However, knowledge about the mechanisms involved has remained largely elusive. We demonstrate herein that peripheral blood NK (PBNK) cells express both classical progesterone receptor (PR) isoforms and are specifically affected by the(More)
The immune and the circadian systems interact in a bidirectional fashion. The master circadian oscillator, located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, responds to peripheral and local immune stimuli, such as proinflammatory cytokines and bacterial endotoxin. Astrocytes exert several immune functions in the CNS, and there is growing(More)