Silvia L.P. Ferrari

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This paper proposes a regression model where the response is beta distributed using a parameterization of the beta law that is indexed by mean and dispersion parameters. The proposed model is useful for situations where the variable of interest is continuous and restricted to the interval (0, 1) and is related to other variables through a regression(More)
Numerous formulas have been developed to estimate renal function from biochemical, demographic and anthropometric data. Here we compared renal function derived from 12 published prediction equations with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) measurement by plasma iohexol clearance as reference method in a group of 81 renal transplant recipients enrolled in the(More)
Sequence analysis of the ADAMTS13 locus of 2 patients with hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) revealed the homozygous presence of 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (R7W, Q448E, P618A, A732V) and a rare missense mutation (R1336W). Analysis of the individual effect of any amino acid exchanges showed that several sequence variations(More)
Common diseases result from the complex relationship between genetic and environmental factors. The aim of this review is to provide perspective for a conceptual framework aimed at studying the interplay of gender-specific genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of complex disease, using osteoporosis as an example. In recent years, gender(More)
There are no adequate studies that have formally tested the performance of different estimating formulas in patients with type 2 diabetes both with and without overt nephropathy. Here we evaluated the agreement between baseline GFRs, GFR changes at month 6, and long-term GFR decline measured by iohexol plasma clearance or estimated by 15 creatinine-based(More)
We have established a new, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of ADAMTS13 antigen using purified polyclonal rabbit anti-human ADAMTS13 IgG. Normal plasma ADAMTS13 antigen levels span a concentration of 740-1420 ng/ml (median 1080 ng/ml) resulting in an ADAMTS13 activity to antigen ratio of 0.48 to 1.68 U/mug. In a cohort of HUS(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the prevalence and determinants of hyperfiltration (glomerular filtration rate [GFR] ≥120 mL/min/1.73 m(2)), GFR decline, and nephropathy onset or progression in type 2 diabetic patients with normo- or microalbuminuria. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We longitudinally studied 600 hypertensive type 2 diabetic patients with albuminuria(More)
BACKGROUND ADAMTS13-neutralizing IgG autoantibodies are the major cause of acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). OBJECTIVE To analyze the IgG subclass distribution of anti-ADAMTS13 antibodies and a potential relationship between subclass distribution and disease prognosis. METHODOLOGY An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-based method was(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Nephrotoxicity is the major limitation to cisplatin therapy for solid tumors. We aimed at evaluating whether early increases in serum/urine levels of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), a biomarker of tubular damage and regeneration, predict cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS We compared changes in serum(More)
BACKGROUND Renal artery stenosis is usually treated by angioplasty and stenting, but the effectiveness of graft perfusion is difficult to establish on clinical grounds. METHODS We compared changes in Doppler ultrasound parameters such as resistive index and peak systolic velocity with concomitant changes in renal vascular resistances, renal blood(More)