R. M. Oliveira

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Infective endocarditis despite advances in diagnosis remains a common cause of hospitalization, with high morbidity and mortality rates. Through literature review it is possible to conclude that polymicrobial endocarditis occurs mainly in intravenous drug abusers with predominance in the right side of the heart, often with tricuspid valve involvement. This(More)
BACKGROUND Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae that can manifest a wide variety of immunological and clinical outcomes ranging from potent humoral responses among borderline lepromatous (BL) and lepromatous (LL) patients to strong cellular responses among tuberculoid (TT) and borderline tuberculoid (BT) patients. Until(More)
Candida tropicalis is considered the first or the second non-Candida albicans Candida (NCAC) species most frequently isolated from candidosis, mainly in patients admitted in intensive care units (ICUs), especially with cancer, requiring prolonged catheterization, or receiving broad-spectrum antibiotics. The proportion of candiduria and candidemia caused by(More)
Leprosy inflammatory episodes [type 1 (T1R) and type 2 (T2R) reactions] represent the major cause of irreversible nerve damage. Leprosy serology is known to be influenced by the patient's bacterial index (BI) with higher positivity in multibacillary patients (MB) and specific multidrug therapy (MDT) reduces antibody production. This study evaluated by ELISA(More)
The development of immunodiagnostic tests for paucibacillary leprosy (PB) is based on Mycobacterium leprae specific-cell mediated immunity (CMI)/IFN-γ production. Recently, novel M. leprae protein antigens that stimulate CMI have been described. This study evaluated different M. leprae antigen combinations in whole blood assay (WBA). Five study groups were(More)
BACKGROUND The predictive value of the serology to detection of IgM against the Mycobacterium leprae-derived phenolic glycolipid-I/PGL-I to identify leprosy patients who are at higher risk of developing reactions remains controversial. Whether baseline results of the ML Flow test can predict leprosy reactions was investigated among a cohort of patients(More)
BACKGROUND Despite efforts to eliminate leprosy as public health problem, delayed diagnosis and disabilities still occur in many countries. Leprosy diagnosis remains based on clinical manifestations and the number of clinicians with expertise in leprosy diagnosis is in decline. We have developed a new immunochromatographic test with the goal of producing a(More)
The motivation for molecular beam epitaxy growth of GaAs on non-(100) planes belonging to the (n11)A family, is threefold: (a) The highly stepped surface of these substrates enhances a step flow growth mode which is important for producing sharp growth surfaces and interfaces; (b) the high concentration of non-reactive, empty single dangling bonds reduces(More)
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