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Anti-P antibodies present in sera from patients with chronic Chagas heart disease (cChHD) recognize peptide R13, EEEDDDMGFGLFD, which encompasses the C-terminal region of the Trypanosoma cruzi ribosomal P1 and P2 proteins. This peptide shares homology with the C-terminal region (peptide H13 EESDDDMGFGLFD) of the human ribosomal P proteins, which is in turn(More)
To identify Trypanosoma cruzi target antigens in overt Chagas' heart disease, a parasite lambda gt11 cDNA library was screened with the serum of a patient with a severe chagasic heart involvement (JL). Using a phage dot array immunoassay, 5 highly antigenic clones, JL1, JL5, JL7, JL8, and JL9, were probed with sera from clinically characterized T. cruzi(More)
Amiodarone, administered orally in doses of 200 to 600 mg/day, was remarkably effective in the treatment and prevention of a wide variety of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Total suppression and control was provided in 98 (92.4 percent) of 106 patients with supraventricular arrhythmias and in 119 (82 percent) of 145 patients with ventricular(More)
IgG fractions of patients were screened for autoantibodies against the beta1- and beta2-adrenoceptors and the M2 acetylcholine receptor by enzyme immunoassays and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) using peptides corresponding to the second extracellular loop of these receptors. A high prevalence of anti-M2 acetylcholine receptor and, in decreasing order, of(More)
Sera from chagasic patients possess antibodies recognizing the carboxy-terminal part of the ribosomal P0 protein of Trypanosoma cruzi and the second extracellular loop of the human beta 1-adrenergic receptor. Comparison of both peptides showed that they contain a pentapeptide with very high homology (AESEE in P0 and AESDE in the human beta 1-adrenergic(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the prevalence of autoantibodies directed against the beta-adrenoceptors in patients with primary electrical cardiac abnormalities, including atrial arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias and conduction disturbances, in the absence of any other cardiac abnormality. BACKGROUND Using synthetic peptides corresponding(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms underlying inappropriate sinus tachycardia are not fully known. An autonomic imbalance seems to play a role, but no attempts have been made to investigate a relationship between this arrhythmia and the antiautonomic membrane receptor antibodies found in other heart disorders and arrhythmias. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study(More)
Recent studies confirm the existence of antibodies (Abs) to beta-adrenoceptors in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and Chagas' heart disease. These Abs can be shown to exert both stimulatory and inhibitory effects, which may play a role in the development of the cardiac abnormalities known to occur in these diseases, including advanced heart(More)