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BACKGROUND Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) is a potent inflammatory mediator and an important polymorphism in the locus +3954 (C/T) of the human IL1 B gene has been shown to affect the levels of this cytokine. This functional polymorphism has been associated with the establishment of inflammatory diseases, including periodontal disease, in European, Asian(More)
Interleukin (IL)-6 is an inflammatory mediator involved in bone resorption. G/C polymorphism at position -174 of the IL-6 gene has been reported to influence IL-6 expression, with the G allele associated with higher expression levels. The aims of this study were to investigate the expression of IL-6 as well as the incidence of IL-6 (-174) gene polymorphism(More)
The IL23/Th17 axis plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cell-mediated tissue damage caused either by autoimmunity or immune responses against bacterial infection. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the IL17A, IL17F and IL23R genes have been associated with several inflammatory diseases. However, these polymorphisms have not yet been studied in(More)
AIM As CD57 antigen is an important modulator of the immune system, the purpose of the present study was to compare the expression of this antigen on radicular cysts (RC) with hyperplastic or atrophic epithelium. METHODOLOGY Twenty cases of RC were retrieved and classified as atrophic or hyperplastic. A biotin-streptavidin amplified system was used for(More)
Periodontitis is considered an inflammatory disorder of bacterial etiology that results in periodontal tissue destruction, as a result of complex interactions between periodontal pathogens, host and immune response. Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms may modulate the individual response since it is able to influence the gene expression. The aim of this study(More)
Polymerized hemoglobin solutions (Hb-based oxygen carriers; HBOCs) and a second-generation perfluorocarbon (PFC) emulsion (Perflubron) are in clinical trials as temporary oxygen carriers ("blood substitutes"). Plasma and serum samples from patients receiving HBOCs look markedly red, whereas those from patients receiving PFC appear to be lipemic. Because(More)
UNLABELLED DNA methylation is characterized by the addition of methyl groups in cytosines within CpG islands. Unmethylated CpGs are related to transcriptionally active structure, whereas methylated CpG recruits methyl-binding proteins that promote chromatin compaction. DNA methylation can influence the expression of cytokines and affect the development of(More)
This study was designed to determine whether the functional IL-10 gene polymorphism -1082G/A is associated with the development of cardiomyopathy in individuals infected with Trypanosoma cruzi and whether interleukin (IL)-10 expression can be correlated with patients' cardiac function. Our results demonstrated that the polymorphic allele, which correlates(More)
BACKGROUND Odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) is a benign neoplasm with an aggressive clinical behavior and a high recurrence rate. Although epigenetic alterations have been reported in different tumors, these events were not investigated in OKC yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of methylation in P16, P21, P27, P53 and RB1 genes in OKC(More)
Red blood cell (RBC) replacement solutions are being developed as alternatives to allogeneic RBC use in blood transfusions in the treatment of massive trauma, to achieve hemodynamic stability during elective surgery, and to increase oxygen-carrying capacity in anemia. Hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier (HBOC)-201 (Biopure Corp.) is a purified, sterile,(More)