Publications by authors named "George Tadeu Nunes Diniz"

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Metallic elements in aquatic herpetofauna (Crocodylia; Testudines) from a lentic Atlantic rainforest environment in northeastern Brazil.

Environ Monit Assess 2021 Apr 29;193(5):314. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Manoel de Medeiros, Recife, PE, Brasil.

In the present study, Fe, Cu, Cr, Cd, Pb, Ni, and Al concentrations in Caiman latirostris and Testudines blood from the Tapacurá reservoir, Pernambuco, Brazil, were investigated. Blood was acid digested with HNO, and metals were determined by ICP-OES and FAAS. Lead showed concentrations below the established limit of detection. Eighty animals were evaluated, forty from each group. The levels of all elements were statistically significant when compared between the two studied taxa (p < 0.05). In caimans, significant differences between young and adults were observed for chromium (p = 0.0539) and aluminum (p = 0.0515). Testudines showed no statistically significant differences for the variable age structure. Gender did not influence metal concentrations detected in the present study for either group. Differences between species of testudines were significant for Fe between Mesoclemmys tuberculata vs Phrynops geoffroanus (p = 0.0932) and Kinosternon scorpioides vs Phrynops geoffroanus (p = 0.063). The inter-elementary correlations showed statistically significant differences between the elements Cr vs Al (R = 0.52), Cr vs Cd (0.43), Cd vs Cu (R = 0.41), Ni vs Cu (R = 0.31), Ni vs Cr (R = 0.30), Al vs Cd (R = 0.27), and Cd vs Fe (R = 0.26). It is concluded that blood is an excellent predictor of metals in crocodilians and testudines in the Tapacurá reservoir, with statistically significant differences when correlated to concentrations such as size and species studied. In addition, it evidenced data that prove the exposure of these animals to metals, with strong inter-elementary correlations and opening doors for future studies that seek to understand possible biological effects caused in the studied taxa.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-021-09076-0DOI Listing
April 2021

Cytokines and Soluble HLA-G Levels in the Acute and Recovery Phases of Arbovirus-Infected Brazilian Patients Exhibiting Neurological Complications.

Front Immunol 2021 12;12:582935. Epub 2021 Mar 12.

Laboratory of Immunogenetics, Department of Immunology, Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Recife, Brazil.

Severe neurological complications following arbovirus infections have been a major concern in seasonal outbreaks, as reported in the Northeast region of Brazil, where the same mosquito transmitted Zika (ZIKV), Dengue (DENV), and Chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses. In this study, we evaluated the levels of 36 soluble markers, including cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and soluble HLA-G (Luminex and ELISA) in: i) serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), during the acute phase and two years after the infection (recovery phase, only serum), ii) the relationship among all soluble molecules in serum and CSF, and iii) serum of infected patients without neurological complications, during the acute infection. Ten markers (sHLA-G, IL-10, IL-22, IL-8, MIP-1α, MIP-1β, MCP-1, HGF, VEGF, and IL-1RA) exhibited differential levels between the acute and recovery phases, with pronounced increases in MIP-1α (<0.0001), MCP-1 (<0.0001), HGF (= 0.0001), and VEGF (<0.0001) in the acute phase. Fourteen molecules (IL-1β, IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-9, IL-13, IL-15, IL-17A, IFN-α, TNF, and G-CSF) exhibited distinct levels between arbovirus patients presenting or not neurological complications. IL-8, EGF, IL-6, and MCP-1 levels were increased in CSF, while RANTES and Eotaxin levels were higher in serum. Soluble serum (IL-22, RANTES, Eotaxin) and CSF (IL-8, EGF, IL-3) mediators may discriminate putative risks for neurological complications following arbovirus infections. Neurological complications were associated with the presence of a predominant inflammatory profile, whereas in non-complicated patients an anti-inflammatory profile may predominate. Mediators associated with neuroregeneration (EGF and IL-3) may be induced in response to neurological damage. Broad spectrum immune checkpoint molecules (sHLA-G) interact with cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors. The identification of soluble markers may be useful to monitor neurological complications and may aid in the development of novel therapies against neuroinflammation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.582935DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7994272PMC
June 2021

The 1G/1G+1G/2G Genotypes of rs1799750 Are Associated with Higher Levels of MMP-1 and Are Both Associated with Lipodystrophy in People Living with HIV on Antiretroviral Therapy.

AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2021 05 22;37(5):399-406. Epub 2021 Mar 22.

Faculty of Medical Sciences (FCM), University of Pernambuco (UPE), Recife, Brazil.

In HIV-infected patients, antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated to adipose tissue redistribution known as lipodystrophy (LD). This study aimed at verifying the association between the polymorphism of the gene (rs1799750) (1G/2G) and the serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP-1) with LD and its subtypes in people living with HIV on ART. This is a cross-secional study. LD was self-reported. The determination of the rs1799750 gene polymorphism was performed by real-time PCR, and the serum concentrations of MMP-1 were quantified by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. Of 404 participants, 204 (51%) were diagnosed with LD, of whom 89 (43%) had mixed lipodystrophy (ML), 72 (35%) had lipohypertrophy (LH), and 43 (22%) had lipoatrophy (LA). There was an association between the genotypes 1G/1G+1G/2G and higher serum levels of MMP-1 ( = .025). There was no association of (1G/2G) with LD. Other factors associated with LD were current CD4 ≤ 350 [odds ratio (OR) = 4.85, confidence interval (CI) = 1.78-47.99,  = .0033] and serum MMP-1 levels >6.81 (OR = 2.67, CI = 1.21-6.08,  = .0165). Factors associated with ML: current CD4 ≤ 350 (OR = 5.59, CI = 1.69-20.39,  = .006); with LH: number of antiretroviral regimens used: 2 (OR = 2.06, CI = 1.01-4.20,  = .0460) and 3+ (OR = 2.09, CI = 1.00-4.35,  = .0477), and current CD4 ≤ 350 (OR = 2.08, CI = 1.00-4.24,  = .0461); and with LA: current viral load >40 (OR = 2.52, CI = 1.03-5.91,  = .0372) and current use of zidovudine (OR = 2.97, CI = 1.32-6.54,  = .0074). Higher levels of MMP-1 were associated with genotypes 1G/2G+1G/1G and with LD. Other individual risk factors were independently associated with LD, and its subtypes, suggesting that the pathogenesis itself is differently manifested for each type of LD.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/AID.2020.0237DOI Listing
May 2021

Variation sites at the HLA-G 3' untranslated region confer differential susceptibility to HIV/HPV co-infection and aneuploidy in cervical cell.

PLoS One 2018 2;13(10):e0204679. Epub 2018 Oct 2.

Department of Immunology, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Recife, Brazil.

Post-transcriptional regulatory elements associated with transcript degradation or transcript instability have been described at the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of the HLA-G gene. Considering that HPV infection and aneuploidy, which causes gene instability, are associated with cervical cell malignancy, as well as the fact that HIV infection and HLA-G may modulate the immune response, the present study aimed to compare the frequencies of HLA-G 3'UTR polymorphic sites (14-base pair insertion/deletion, +3142C/G, and +3187A/G) between 226 HIV+ women co-infected (n = 82) or not with HPV (n = 144) and 138 healthy women. We also evaluated the relationship between those HLA-G 3'UTR variants and aneuploidy in cervical cells. HPV types and HLA-G polymorphisms were determined by PCR and sequencing of cervical samples DNA. Aneuploidy in cervical cell was measured by flow cytometry. The HLA-G 3'UTR 14-bp ins/del was not associated with either HIV nor HIV/HPV co-infection. The +3142G allele (p = 0.049) and +3142GG genotype (p = 0.047) were overrepresented in all HIV-infected women. On the other hand, the +3187G allele (p = 0.028) and the +3187GG genotype (p = 0.026) predominated among healthy women. The +3142G (p = 0.023) and +3187A (p = 0.003) alleles were associated with predisposition to HIV infection, irrespective of the presence or not of HIV/HPV co-infection. The diplotype formed by the combination of the +3142CX (CC or CG) and +3187AA genotype conferred the highest risk for aneuploidy in cervical cell induced by HPV. The HLA-G 3'UTR +3142 and +3187 variants conferred distinct susceptibility to HIV infection and aneuploidy.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6168131PMC
March 2019

HLA-G is expressed in intestinal samples of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease patients and HLA-G5 expression is differentially correlated with TNF and IL-10 cytokine expression.

Hum Immunol 2018 Jun 26;79(6):477-484. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Recife, Brazil. Electronic address:

HLA-G is an immunomodulatory molecule that can be produced by epithelial cells. Considering that TNF and IL-10 participate in bowel inflammatory disorders and that both cytokines modulate HLA-G, we evaluated HLA-G, TNF and IL-10 mRNA expression by qPCR and HLA-G protein levels by immunohistochemistry in two intestinal samples exhibiting different degree of inflammation within a patient suffering from Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). Tissue HLA-G5 (P < 0.0001), TNF (P = 0.0004) and IL-10 (P = 0.0169) mRNA expression levels were higher in intestinal areas exhibiting intense inflammation compared to areas of low inflammation, and HLA-G protein levels were not associated with degree of mucosal inflammation. In CD, the expression of TNF was correlated with IL-10 in low inflamed areas, exhibiting a TNF:IL-10 ratio = 3, but in inflamed areas the ratio increased to 9-folds. In UC, the expression of TNF was correlated to IL-10, irrespective of the inflammation grade, with little variation of the TNF:IL-10 ratio in the various inflamed areas. TNF and IL-10 expression was correlated with HLA-G5 expression in mild inflamed areas. Both CD and UC samples exhibited gene and protein expression of HLA-G; and the HLA-G5 expression is differentially correlated with TNF and IL-10 levels depending on the type of the underlying inflammatory bowel disorder.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.humimm.2018.03.006DOI Listing
June 2018

Social conditions and immune response in human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive pregnant women: a cross-sectional study in Brazil.

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop 2018 Jan-Feb;51(1):21-29

Departamento de Imunologia e Imunopatologia Celular, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Recife, PE, Brasil.

Introduction: The functioning of the immune system during pregnancy is altered in both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected and uninfected women. Unfavorable socioeconomic conditions have been indicative of higher morbidity and mortality and worsening of the immune system. The aim of this study was to correlate social status with levels of interleukin (IL)-10 (non-inflammatory) and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ; inflammatory) cytokines.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with three groups of women: 33 pregnant HIV-infected (G1); 40 non-pregnant, HIV-infected (G2); and 35 pregnant, HIV-uninfected. To measure the social status, a compound indicator called the social status index (SSI), was established using sociodemographic variables (i.e., education level, housing conditions, per capita income, and habitation and sanitary conditions).

Results: The HIV-infected women had a higher proportion of unfavorable SSI (73% and 75% of G1 and G2, respectively). There were significantly lower IL-10 levels in the G1 group with both unfavorable and favorable SSI than in the other groups. No significant difference in IFN-γ levels was observed among groups. However, the G1 group had higher IFN-γ values among both favorable and unfavorable SSI groups.

Conclusions: Higher rates of unfavorable conditions, including lower education levels, IL-10 levels, and a trend for higher IFN-γ levels, were identified among HIV-infected women, pregnant and non-pregnant. These factors may interfere in health care and lead to poor outcomes during pregnancy. Therefore, we suggest that health policies could be created to specifically address these factors in this population.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0107-2017DOI Listing
April 2018

New index for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis in Schistosomiasis mansoni.

Arq Gastroenterol 2017 Jan-Mar;54(1):51-56

Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Recife, PE, Brasil.

Background: - Periportal fibrosis is the major pathological consequence of the Schistosoma mansoni infection.

Objective: - To evaluate the accuracy of serum markers and to construct an index to assess fibrosis.

Methods: - Patients (n=116) with schistosomiasis were evaluated by ultrasound scan and measurements of serum levels of aminotransferases, γ-glutamyl transferase, alkaline phosphatase, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and platelets. Ultrasound images were used to evaluate the fibrosis using Niamey's classification and identified 19 patients without periportal fibrosis (patterns A and B), 48 with mild to moderate fibrosis (C and D) and 49 with advanced fibrosis (E and F).

Results: - Using multivariate analysis, a model was created, which involved alkaline phosphatase and platelets and could separate patients with different patterns of fibrosis. This index showed a better performance in separating patients without fibrosis from with advanced periportal fibrosis. The biological index showed an area under the ROC curve of 1.000. Using values below the lowest or above the highest cut-off point, the presence or absence of advanced fibrosis could be predicted in all patients.

Conclusion: - The index constructed can be used to separate patients with different patterns of periportal fibrosis, specially to predict advanced fibrosis in schistosomiasis patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-2803.2017v54n1-10DOI Listing
April 2017

Evaluation of serum levels of IL-9 and IL-17 in human Schistosoma mansoni infection and their relationship with periportal fibrosis.

Immunobiology 2016 12 1;221(12):1351-1354. Epub 2016 Aug 1.

Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães-Fiocruz, Recife, PE, Brazil. Electronic address:

Serum levels of IL-9 and IL-17 cytokines were evaluated in patients in the acute, chronic phases and clinical forms of human schistosomiasis and in different classifications of periportal fibrosis. No significant differences between the groups of the disease with serum levels of cytokine were found. However, this study discusses the results of some cytokines that have not fully defined roles in the pathology of human schistosomiasis. Furthermore, an examination was made of subjects in the acute phase. This is an important group that is difficult to identify in areas where the disease is endemic. More studies are being undertaken to study the role of IL-9 and IL-17 in human Schistosoma mansoni infection and their relationship with the immunopathogenesis of disease.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imbio.2016.07.014DOI Listing
December 2016

Mercury contamination in alligators (Melanosuchus niger) from Mamirauá Reservoir (Brazilian Amazon) and human health risk assessment.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2014 Dec 15;21(23):13522-7. Epub 2014 Jul 15.

Instituto de Saúde e Produção Animal, Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, Belém, PA, Brazil,

Mercury (Hg) concentrations in muscles of wild alligators (Melanosuchus niger) from the Mamirauá Reservoir (a reference area in the Brazilian Amazon) and the human health risks associated with its consumption were assessed. The mean Hg concentration in alligator muscles was 0.407 ± 0.114 μg/g (N = 61). Close to 5 % of the muscle samples showed Hg levels above the World Health Organization guideline for fish consumption (0.5 μg/g). A positive and significant relationship was observed between Hg concentrations in muscle and the age of the specimens. The dose-response approach suggests that close to 27.4 years is required for half of the exposed specimens to attain 0.5 μg/g. The hazard quotient (HQ) is a risk indicator which defines the ratio of exposure level and a toxicological reference dose. HQ resulted above the unity for all the specimens when the ingestion rate for riverine communities (200 g of muscle per day) is considered, indicating the existence of hazard. When the ingestion rate for market consumers (28.57 g/day) is considered, the risks are much lower (mean HQ = 0.55), suggesting that such group is not at risk. The establishment of local and regional ingestion rates for riverine populations and market consumers is extremely recommended.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-014-3282-0DOI Listing
December 2014

HLA-G 3' untranslated region polymorphisms are associated with systemic lupus erythematosus in 2 Brazilian populations.

J Rheumatol 2013 Jul 15;40(7):1104-13. Epub 2013 May 15.

Department of Immunology, Aggeu Magalhães Research Center, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Recife-PE, Brazil.

Objective: HLA-G has well recognized tolerogenic properties in physiological and nonphysiological conditions. The 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of the HLA-G gene has at least 3 polymorphic sites (14-bpINS/DEL, +3142C/G, and +3196C/G) described as associated with posttranscriptional influence on messenger RNA production; however, only the 14-bpINS/DEL and +3142C/G sites have been studied in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Methods: We investigated the HLA-G 3'UTR polymorphic sites (14-bpINS/DEL, +3003C/T, +3010C/G, +3027A/C, +3035C/T, +3142C/G, +3187A/G, and +3196C/G) in 190 Brazilian patients with SLE and 282 healthy individuals in allele, genotype, and haplotype analyses. A multiple logistic regression model was used to assess the association of the disease features with the HLA-G 3'UTR haplotypes.

Results: Increased frequencies were observed of the 14-bpINS (p = 0.053), +3010C (p = 0.008), +3142G (p = 0.006), and +3187A (p = 0.013) alleles, and increased frequencies of the 14-bpINS-INS (p = 0.094), +3010 C-C (p = 0.033), +3142 G-G (p = 0.021), and +3187 A-A (p = 0.035) genotypes. After Bonferroni correction, only the +3142G (p = 0.05) and +3010C (p = 0.06) alleles were overrepresented in SLE patients. The UTR-1 haplotype (14-bpDEL/+3003T/+3010G/+3027C/+3035C/+3142C/+3187G/+3196C) was underrepresented in SLE (pcorr = 0.035).

Conclusion: These results indicate that HLA-G 3'UTR polymorphic sites, particularly +3142G and +3010C alleles, were associated with SLE susceptibility, whereas UTR-1 was associated with protection against development of SLE.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3899/jrheum.120814DOI Listing
July 2013

Associated factors for treatment delay in pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV-infected individuals: a nested case-control study.

BMC Infect Dis 2012 Sep 7;12:208. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Rua Antonio Rabelo 245, Madalena, Recife, PE, Brazil.

Background: The delay in initiating treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in HIV-infected individuals may lead to the development of a more severe form of the disease, with higher rates of morbidity, mortality and transmissibility. The aim of the present study was to estimate the time interval between the onset of symptoms and initiating treatment for TB in HIV-infected individuals, and to identify the factors associated to this delay.

Methods: A nested case-control study was undertaken within a cohort of HIV-infected individuals, attended at two HIV referral centers, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Delay in initiating treatment for TB was defined as the period of time, in days, which was greater than the median value between the onset of cough and initiating treatment for TB. The study analyzed biological, clinical, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors as well as those related to HIV and TB infection, potentially associated to delay. The odds ratios were estimated with the respective confidence intervals and p-values.

Results: From a cohort of 2365 HIV-infected adults, 274 presented pulmonary TB and of these, 242 participated in the study. Patients were already attending 2 health services at the time they developed a cough (period range: 1 - 552 days), with a median value of 41 days. Factors associated to delay were: systemic symptoms asthenia, chest pain, use of illicit drugs and sputum smear-negative.

Conclusion: The present study indirectly showed the difficulty of diagnosing TB in HIV-infected individuals and indicated the need for a better assessment of asthenia and chest pain as factors that may be present in co-infected patients. It is also necessary to discuss the role played by negative sputum smear results in diagnosing TB/HIV co-infection as well as the need to assess the best approach for drug users with TB/HIV.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3490888PMC
September 2012

Profile of patients with hypertension included in a cohort with HIV/AIDS in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Arq Bras Cardiol 2010 Oct 15;95(5):640-7. Epub 2010 Oct 15.

Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil.

Background: Hypertension (HBP) is modifiable risk factor, whose control may reduce cardiovascular disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of hypertension and describe the characteristics of patients with hypertension infected by HIV/AIDS.

Methods: A cross-sectional study aligned to a cohort of patients with HIV/AIDS. The study considered hypertension at levels > 140/90 mmHg or use of antihypertensive drugs and pre-hypertension at levels > 120/80 mmHg.

Results: Out of 958 patients, 388 (40.5%) were normotensive, 325 (33.9%) were pre-hypertensive, and 245 (25.6%) were hypertensive. Out of these 245 patients, 172 (70.2%) were aware of the fact there they were hypertensive, and 36 (14.8%) had blood pressure controlled. Sixty-two (62) patients (54.4%) were diagnosed with hypertension after HIV diagnosis. Lipodystrophy occurred in 95 (46.1%) patients; overweight/obesity in 129 (52.7%). Use of antiretrovirals occurred in 184 (85.9%), 89 (41.6%) with protease inhibitors (PI) and 95 (44.4%) without PI. Out of these patients, 74.7 used antivirals > 24 months. Age, family history of hypertension, waist circumference, body mass index and triglyceride levels were higher among hypertensive patients. Time of HIV infection, CD4 count, viral load, time and type of antiretroviral regimen were similar in hypertensive and prehypertensive patients.

Conclusion: The high frequency of uncontrolled hypertensive patients and cardiovascular risks in HIV-infected patients point out to the need for preventive and therapeutic measures against hypertension in this group.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0066-782x2010005000138DOI Listing
October 2010

Risk factors related to hypertension among patients in a cohort living with HIV/AIDS.

Braz J Infect Dis 2010 May-Jun;14(3):281-7

Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil.

Introduction: Studies disagree as to whether there is a greater prevalence of hypertension among HIV/AIDS patients and the role of antiretroviral therapy.

Objective: Evaluate the prevalence of hypertension and risk factors in a cohort of HIV-infected patients, with emphasis on antiretroviral therapy.

Method: Case-control study conducted at baseline of a cohort, between June/2007 and December/2008 in Pernambuco/Brazil. Blood pressure was classified as normal, prehypertension, and hypertension.

Results: Of 958 patients, 245 (25.6%) had hypertension (cases), 325 (33.9%) had prehypertension, and 388 (40.5%) were normotensive (controls). Comparison between hypertensive and normotensive patients showed that traditional factors, such as age > 40 (OR = 3.06, CI = 1.91-4.97), male gender (OR = 1.85, CI = 1.15-3.01), BMI > 25 (OR = 5.51, CI = 3.36-9.17), and triglycerides > 150 mg/dL (OR = 1.69, CI = 1.05-2.71), were independently associated with hypertension. Duration of antiretroviral therapy and CD4 > 200 cells/mm³ were associated with hypertension in univariate analysis, but did not remain in final model. Type of antiretroviral schema and lipodystrophy showed no association with hypertension.

Conclusion: Hypertension in HIV/AIDS patients is partially linked to invariable factors, such as age and sex. Efforts should be directed toward controlling reversible factors, particularly excessive weight gain and unsuitable diet.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s1413-86702010000300014DOI Listing
December 2010

Correlation of biological serum markers with the degree of hepatic fibrosis and necroinflammatory activity in hepatitis C and schistosomiasis patients.

Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz 2010 Jul;105(4):460-6

Departamento de Imunologia, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fiocruz, Recife, PE, Brasil.

Liver biopsy is the gold-standard method to stage fibrosis; however, it is an invasive procedure and is potentially dangerous. The main objective of this study was to evaluate biological markers, such as cytokines IL-13, IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha and TGF-beta, platelets, bilirubins (Bil), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), total proteins, gamma-glutamil transferase (gamma-GT) and alkaline phosphatase (AP), that could be used to predict the severity of hepatic fibrosis in schistosomiasis and hepatitis C (HC) as isolated diseases or co-infections. The following patient groups were selected: HC (n = 39), HC/hepatosplenic schistosomiasis (HSS) (n = 19), HSS (n = 22) and a control group (n = 13). ANOVA and ROC curves were used for statistical analysis. P < 0.05 was considered significant. With HC patients we showed that TNF-alpha (p = 0.020) and AP (p = 0.005) could differentiate mild and severe fibrosis. With regard to necroinflammatory activity, AST (p = 0.002), gamma-GT (p = 0.034) and AP (p = 0.001) were the best markers to differentiate mild and severe activity. In HC + HSS patients, total Bil (p = 0.008) was capable of differentiating between mild and severe fibrosis. In conclusion, our study was able to suggest biological markers that are non-invasive candidates to evaluate fibrosis and necroinflammatory activity in HC and HC + HSS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0074-02762010000400018DOI Listing
July 2010

Risk factors in human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil: a case-control study.

Metab Syndr Relat Disord 2010 Jun;8(3):271-7

Endocrinology Service, Integral Medicine Institute Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP), Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Background: Although human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated lipodystrophy has been reported for more than a decade, there is still considerable uncertainty regarding the mechanisms involved in its pathogenesis.

Methods: A case-control study was performed that aimed to identify the risk factors for lipodystrophy in HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy in Pernambuco, Brazil.

Results: Between July and November, 2007, a total of 332 patients were enrolled in the study: 182 cases and 150 controls. The following factors were independently associated with lipodystrophy: Use of stavudine [odds ratio (OR), 4.0; 95% confidence interval (CI), 2.3-6.9], use of didanosine (OR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.0-3.4), use of lopinavir/ritonavir for less than 3 years (OR, 0.5; 95% CI, 0.2-1.0) and use of nucleoside/nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NTRIs) for more than 3 years (OR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.6-5.2). Other associated factors were: duration of antiretroviral therapy (OR, 4.3; 95% CI, 2.4-7.9) and duration of HIV infection (OR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.8-4.7). There was no association with the use of protease inhibitor when it was adjusted for the use of NRTIs.

Conclusion: In this study, factors related to antiretroviral therapy were the main risk factors for lipodystrophy, corroborating the literature, but the findings also point to the need for further exploration into some of these associations, especially with the use of didanosine and lopinavir/ritonavir, which are less frequently reported. Future studies with a larger number of patients and a prospective design could provide valuable information for understanding this disorder.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/met.2009.0065DOI Listing
June 2010
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