Virmondes Rodrigues Júnior

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Golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) infected with Leishmania donovani develop a disease similar to human kala-azar. There is conspicuous hypergammaglobulinaemia and their T cells do not respond to stimulation by parasite antigens. The impairment of the cellular immune response seems to be restricted to parasite antigens since infected animals are able to(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis causes a chronic granulomatous mycosis prevalent in South America, and cell-mediated immunity represents the main mode of protection against this fungal infection. We investigated in vitro the response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) patients presenting different clinical forms to(More)
Endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF) has its pathogenesis frequently associated to autoimmune phenomena. In this paper, a few routine laboratory tests, usually disturbed in some autoimmune diseases, were taken in 20 patients with EPF, which were screened for antinuclear antibodies (ANA), rheumatoid factor (RF), C-reactive protein (CRP) and changes of(More)
Endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF) is an autoimmune disease characterized by blister formation with a loss of cohesion and infiltration of inflammatory cells. We observed that supernatants of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients produced significantly more interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) than those from stimulated healthy controls. Furthermore, a(More)
The production of cytokines (MIG, IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-10) was studied in 39 individuals, including 28 with chagasic esophagopathy and 11 nonchagasic patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. A sandwich enzyme immunoassay employing monoclonal antibody pairs specific for each cytokine was used. IFN-gamma and MIG production was(More)
Chronic periodontitis is a multifactorial inflammatory disease that affects supporting structures of the teeth. Although the gingival response is largely described, little is known about the immune changes in the alveolar bone and neighboring tissues that could indicate periodontal disease (PD) activity. Then, in this study we identified the ongoing(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate platelet activation through P-selectin, and PDGF-AB and TGF beta 1 content, in schistosomiasis patients who developed fibrosis (F3) and who did not present this (F0), and in a control group (C). The results showed that the percentage of P-selectin in platelets without agonist stimulation was 10.6% in F3, 11.1% in F0 and(More)
This study aimed to measure the synthesis of Th1 and Th2 cytokines by mononuclear cells after culture with live T. gondii and identified Th17 (CD4(+)) and Tc17 (CD8(+)) cells in toxoplasma-seronegative and toxoplasma-seropositive parturient and nonpregnant women. Cytometric bead arrays were used to measure cytokine levels (IL-2, TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-5,(More)
IgG avidity tests are used to discriminate acute from chronic infections. There are few reports on the IgG avidity profile of patients with visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This study investigated the anti-Leishmania IgG avidity in patients with classic VL (n = 10), patients showing clinical cure after treatment (n = 18), and asymptomatic subjects with at least(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to evaluate some inflammatory mediators, i.e. cytokines that induce and inhibit nitric oxide (NO) synthase, in pregnant women with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E) compared to clinically normal patients. METHODS Placental fragments were collected from 46 pregnant patients, including 30 clinically normal subjects and 16 women with(More)