Publications by authors named "Camilla Albertina Dantas de Lima"

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Genetic variants in are related to lower galectin-3 serum levels and clinical outcomes in systemic sclerosis patients: A case-control study.

Autoimmunity 2021 Jun 11;54(4):187-194. Epub 2021 May 11.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas (LINAT), Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica - Suely Galdino (NUPIT-SG), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE, Brazil.

Introduction: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare complex disease characterized by vascular damage, autoimmunity, and extensive skin and internal organs fibrosis. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is encoded by gene (Lectin, Galactoside-Binding, Soluble, 3; 14q22.3) and it has been reported to play a central role in self-tolerance, inflammation, and fibrosis.

Objective: To investigate associations among single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and serum levels Gal-3 and SSc susceptibility and their clinical features.

Methods: A case-control study with 88 patients and 151 matched controls was performed. variants were analyzed by the TaqMan real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system whereas Gal-3 serum levels were measured by sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Associations among genotypes, clinical features, and Gal-3 levels were performed by univariable and multivariable analysis through statistical packages.

Results: The rs4652 A/C genotype was more frequent in SSc patients than controls according to overdominant model [OR 1.89 (CI 95% 1.01 - 3.52);  = .046]. Also, rs4652 C/C polymorphic genotype was associated with lower patient Gal-3 levels ( = .03) and control group ( = 0.005), as noted by generalized linear model (GLM). The rs1009977 G/T controls showed higher Gal-3 levels than wild-type and polymorphic genotypes ( = .03); however, in SSc patients, no difference was found. None of the SNPs or Gal-3 levels was associated with clinical manifestations in SSc patients. Considering only the SSc group, GLM analysis pointed rs4652 and rs2075601, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), myopathy, and health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) and scleroderma health assessment questionnaire (SHAQ) as important predictors for Gal-3 levels.

Conclusion: The rs4652 A/C was more frequent in SSc patients and related to lower Gal-3 levels. These findings were corroborated through a GLM to estimate Gal-3 values. Also, by model equations, Gal-3 levels may be predicted by HAQ, SHAQ, PAH, myopathy, and rs4652 and rs2075601 factors. In these ways, we suggest that galectins may be promising biomarkers to identify susceptibility to SSc as well as to identify HAQ, SHAQ, PAH, and myopathy outcomes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08916934.2021.1919881DOI Listing
June 2021

Differential expression of the inflammasome complex genes in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Immunogenetics 2020 05 5;72(4):217-224. Epub 2020 Feb 5.

Laboratory of Immunopathology Keizo Asami, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disorder involving heterogeneous clinical manifestations and numerous susceptibility genes. Several findings evidence the critical role of inflammasomes in the predisposition to autoimmune diseases and in SLE. We investigated whether inflammasome polymorphins could affect susceptibility to develop and/or severity SLE. Moreover, differences in inflammasome activation in peripheral blood were also evaluated in SLE patients and controls. The distribution of 13 SNPs in eight inflammasome genes was evaluated. To assess inflammasome priming in peripheral blood monocytes of SLE and controls, differential expression of selected inflammasome genes and IL-1ß production was analyzed in resting condition as well as after LPS and ATP stimulation. Results showed that the gain-of-function variant rs10754558 (NLRP3) was significantly more frequent in SLE patients with nephritis, reinforcing the concept of a key role of NLRP3 inflammasome not only in SLE but also especially in kidney disease. SLE monocytes in resting condition showed a higher level of IL-1ß expression and produced higher levels of IL-1ß when stimulated with LPS+ATP comparing to controls. The stimulation induced a significant expression of NLRP1, AIM2, CASP1, and IL1B genes, suggesting that the NLRP1 inflammasome is responsible for the IL-1ß production observed in monocytes. These data emphasized once more the important contribution of inflammasome in SLE-associated inflammation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00251-020-01158-6DOI Listing
May 2020

Postmenopausal Osteoporosis reference genes for qPCR expression assays.

Sci Rep 2019 11 11;9(1):16533. Epub 2019 Nov 11.

Institute for Maternal and Child Health, IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy.

Osteoporosis (OP) is a multifactorial disease influenced by genetic factors in more than half of the cases. In spite of the efforts to clarify the relationship among genetic factors and susceptibility to develop OP, many genetic associations need to be further functionally validated. Besides, some limitations as the choice of stably expressed reference genes (RG) should be overcome to ensure the quality and reproducibility of gene expression assays. To our knowledge, a validation study for RG in OP is still missing. We compared the expression levels, using polymerase chain reaction quantitative real time (qPCR) of 10 RG (G6PD, B2M, GUSB, HSP90, EF1A, RPLP0, GAPDH, ACTB, 18 S and HPRT1) to assess their suitability in OP analysis by using GeNorm, Normfinder, BestKeeper and RefFinder programs. A minimal number of two RG was recommended by GeNorm to obtain a reliable normalization. RPLP0 and B2M were identified as the most stable genes in OP studies while ACTB, 18 S and HPRT1 were inadequate for normalization in our data set. Moreover, we showed the dramatic effects of suboptimal RG choice on the quantification of a target gene, highlighting the importance in the identification of the most appropriate reference gene to specific diseases. We suggest the use of RPLP0 and B2M as the most stable reference genes while we do not recommend the use of the least stable reference genes HPRT1, 18 S and ACTB in OP expression assays using PBMC as biological source. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of individualized and careful choice in software and reference genes selection.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52612-9DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6848520PMC
November 2019

Are key cytokines genetic and serum levels variations related to rheumatoid arthritis clinical severity?

Gene 2020 Jan 5;722:144098. Epub 2019 Sep 5.

Department of Genetics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; Laboratory of Immunopathology Keizo Asami (LIKA), Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

This study evaluated the possible association between SNPs in cytokines coding genes, namely IL10, IL6 and IFNG, cytokines serum levels and clinical assessment' scores in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA). SNPs genotyping was performed in 126 RA patients and 177 healthy individuals with Taqman probes specific for IL10 -1082 (T>C, rs1800896);INFG -1616 (A>G, rs2069705) and IL6 -174 (G>C, rs1800795) variants,positioned in regulatory regions. Cytokine Bead Array (CBA) was used to measure cytokine levels. We found association between INFG -1616 G allele(p = 0.0210; OR = 1.605) and INFG -1616 GG genotype (p = 0.0268; OR =2.609) and RA susceptibility. We also observed association between IL10 -1082 TT genotype and high clinical disease activity index (CDAI) values (p = 0.026; OR = 1.906; 95% CI = 1.082 - 3.359), IL10 -1082 CC genotype and low CDAI values (p = 0.016; OR = 0.256) and INFG -1616 AA and high CDAI values (p = 0.025; OR = 2.919). IL10 -1082 CC also exhibited the lowest IL-10 levels than IL10 -1082 TT (p = 0.020) and IL10 -1082 TC (p = 0.032). Finally, we verified higher IL-6 value in the RA patients than healthy control group (p = 0.007) and an association between high IL-6 levels and increased CDAI (r = 0.4648, p = 0.0015); DAS 28 (r = 0.3933, p= 0.0091), presence of bone erosions (r = 0.3170, p = 0.0361), ESR levels(r = 0.3041, p = 0.0448) and IFN-γ levels (r = 0.3049, p = 0.0468).Altogether, we suggest that IL10 -1082 (T>C, rs1800896) and INFG -1616(A>G, rs2069705) polymorphisms as well as IL-6 levels alterations may play a role for prognostic and disease follow-up.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2019.144098DOI Listing
January 2020

IFN-gamma and IL-12B polymorphisms in women with cervical intraepithellial neoplasia caused by human papillomavirus.

Mol Biol Rep 2012 Jul 12;39(7):7627-34. Epub 2012 Feb 12.

Laboratório Genoma, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Dom Manoel de Medeiros, s/n Dois Irmãos, Recife, PE 52171-900, Brazil.

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted organism associated with Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer, the second main cause of malignancy in women worldwide. The virus itself, however, is not enough to cause lesions on the cervix. Several studies suggest that some polymorphic sites changes the cytokines levels and influence the cancer development in HPV infected patients. In this study, we evaluated the presence of functional polymorphisms at +874 (T/A) IFNG and +1188 (A/C) IL-12B genes in cervical smears samples from 76 healthy women and 162 women, HPV positive, with CIN lesion--CIN I (45), CIN II (55), CIN III (53) and cervical cancer (9)--in Brazilian population. There was no significant differences in genotype (p = 0.4192) and allele (p = 0.370; OR = 1.20) distributions between CIN patients and control groups on IFNG allelic polymorphism. Moreover, for IL-12B gene, there was a significant difference in genotype (p = 0.015) and allele distribution (p = 0.014; OR = 0.5754) between the groups. When samples were stratified according to grade of cervical lesion, the AA genotype and A allele were less frequent in the group with low-grade cervical lesions than in group with high-grade cervical lesions (p = 0.0036 and p = 0.0010; OR = 0.3819, respectively), suggesting that the C allele (mutant) may protect against the emergence of CIN lesions and its progression.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11033-012-1597-9DOI Listing
July 2012