Raul Ortiz de Lejarazu

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INTRODUCTION Host immunity should play a principal role in determining both the outcome and recovery of patients with sepsis that originated from a microbial infection. Quantification of the levels of key elements of the immune response could have a prognostic value in this disease. METHODS In an attempt to evaluate the quantitative changes in the status(More)
INTRODUCTION Human host immune response following infection with the new variant of A/H1N1 pandemic influenza virus (nvH1N1) is poorly understood. We utilize here systemic cytokine and antibody levels in evaluating differences in early immune response in both mild and severe patients infected with nvH1N1. METHODS We profiled 29 cytokines and chemokines(More)
INTRODUCTION Pandemic A/H1N1/2009 influenza causes severe lower respiratory complications in rare cases. The association between host immune responses and clinical outcome in severe cases is unknown. METHODS We utilized gene expression, cytokine profiles and generation of antibody responses following hospitalization in 19 critically ill patients with(More)
Pandemic H1N1 influenza A (H1N1pdm) is currently a dominant circulating influenza strain worldwide. Severe cases of H1N1pdm infection are characterized by prolonged activation of the immune response, yet the specific role of inflammatory mediators in disease is poorly understood. The inflammatory cytokine IL-6 has been implicated in both seasonal and severe(More)
BACKGROUND Severe disease caused by 2009 pandemic influenza A/H1N1virus is characterized by the presence of hypercytokinemia. The origin of the exacerbated cytokine response is unclear. As observed previously, uncontrolled influenza virus replication could strongly influence cytokine production. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the(More)
HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) develops in less than 5 % of HTLV-1 carriers. It is unclear which factors trigger the development of disease. The aim of this study was to explore the influence of HLA alleles on the development of HAM/TSP. A total of 40 HTLV-1-infected individuals belonging to the Spanish HTLV-1 cohort(More)
Purpose. To determine the efficacy of povidone-iodine (P-I) prophylaxis for ophthalmia neonatorum (ON) in Angola and to document maternal prevalence and mother-to-child transmission rates. Methods. Endocervical samples from mothers (n = 317) and newborn conjunctival smears (n = 245) were analysed by multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Chlamydia(More)
Cell counts of leukocytes subpopulations are demonstrating to have an important value in predicting outcome in severe infections. We evaluated here the render of leukogram counts to predict outcome in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Data from patients admitted to the ICU of Hospital Clínico Universitario(More)
clinical studies have confi rmed an association between persistent hypercytokinemia and severe 2009 pandemic infl uenza, but none of these have used predictive models to analyze the relationship between the cytokines involved and disease outcome [1-4]. In the present work, we re-analyzed the results from two cohorts of critically ill patients suff ering(More)