Pedro Pinho Costa

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Amyloid fibril protein in patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy is known to be chemically related to transthyretin (TTR), the plasma protein that is usually referred to as prealbumin. A genetically abnormal TTR may be involved in this disease. Studies were conducted on amyloid fibril protein (AFp) isolated from tissues of two Portuguese patients(More)
In summary, these studies have demonstrated the following: 1) plasma TTR levels are significantly decreased in Portuguese patients with FAP; 2) FAP-TTR is indistinguishable from normal TTR with regard to a wide range of physiochemical properties; 3) RBP levels and vitamin A transport appear to be normal in FAP patients; 4) an abnormal TTR with a methionine(More)
Amyloid deposits in several heredofamilial forms of amyloidosis are known to be chemically related to transthyretin (TTR, the plasma protein usually referred to as prealbumin). A genetic mutation, leading to an abnormal TTR, may be involved. Studies were conducted to investigate whether or not Portuguese patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown origin, in which both genetic and environmental factors are involved. One such environmental factor is vitamin D, a vital hormone that plays a specific function in the immune system homeostasis, acting through a nuclear receptor (VDR) expressed in all immune cells. Several(More)
AIM To assess in a subset of a nationally representative sample of Portuguese adolescents, the validity of Body Mass Index (BMI) based on self-reported weight and height. METHODS This study included 462 students in grades 6, 8 and 10 (mean age 14.0 +/- 1.9 years) from 12 public schools randomly selected from the list of schools which took part in the 2006(More)
Amyloid fibrils were concentrated from the kidney, thyroid, and peripheral nerve of six patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP). The fibril concentrates were solubilized in 6 M guanidine.HCl and fractionated on Sephadex G-100 columns. The elution profile of all FAP amyloid fibril concentrates revealed a protein of apparent Mr of 14,000,(More)
The first Swedish case of familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) was published in 1965. The same transthyretin (TTR met30) mutation as that seen in Japanese, Portuguese, and other populations was also found in Swedish FAP patients. More than 350 patients with clinical manifestations of FAP have been diagnosed in northern Sweden, most of them originating(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical autoimmune disease with strong genetic and environmental components. Previous studies have shown increased levels of several chemokines in active SLE. C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5) is involved in the recruitment of inflammatory cells into tissues, and mechanisms modulating CCR5 expression and(More)
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by systemic accumulation of amyloid fibrils. A major component of FAP anyloid has been identified as variant transthyretin (TTR, also called prealbumin). In particular, a variant with the substitution 30Val→Met has been commonly found in FAP of various ethnic(More)
Two studies were conducted to explore questions concerning the expression of a mutant transthyretin (TTR) gene, found in Portuguese patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP). In a kindred with typical onset of the disease, complete agreement between genotype and phenotype was seen for all carriers of the variant TTR with a(More)