Publications by authors named "Kamila de Melo Vilar"

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Interleukin-18 in Brazilian Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Can Leflunomide Reduce It?

Autoimmune Dis 2021 10;2021:6672987. Epub 2021 May 10.

Laboratory of Immunomodulation and New Therapeutic Approaches (LINAT), Research Group on Immunomodulation and New Therapeutic Approaches Suely Galdino (Nupit SG), Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

Objectives: Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the world's population. This is a chronic autoimmune disease. It is predominant in females with progressive joint damage. Immune cells are involved, especially Th1/Th17 lymphocytes and their inflammatory cytokines. These proteins have different functions in the immune system, such as IL-16 is a chemotactic factor; IL-18 can activate NFB transcription producing inflammatory proteins; IL-31 can activate the JAK/STAT pathway which leads to the production of inflammatory factors in chronic diseases; IL-33 promotes IL-16 secretion which causes lymphocyte recruitment, and IL-32 and IL-34 appear to increase TNF secretion by macrophages activation in AR. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum levels of IL-16, IL-18, IL-31, IL-32, IL-33, and IL-34 and compare them with the severity and treatment of RA patients if there are any correlations.

Methods: A total of 140 RA patients and 40 healthy donors were recruited from the Department of Rheumatology at Hospital das Clínicas from the Federal University of Pernambuco. 60 AR patients were naïve for any treatment. Serum cytokine levels were determined using an ELISA kit.

Results: Serum IL-16 ( = 0.0491), IL-18 ( < 0.0001), IL-31 ( = 0.0004), and IL-32 ( = 0.0040) levels were significantly increased in RA patients compared with healthy donors. It was observed that patients using leflunomide had the lowest IL-18 levels, close to controls levels ( = 0.0064).

Conclusion: IL-16, IL-18, IL-31, and IL-32 are increased in the serum of RA patients. IL-18 is at lower levels in those AR who are taking leflunomide as treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2021/6672987DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8131162PMC
May 2021

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

Sensitivity and specificity of Interleukin 29 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Immunol Lett 2020 04 16;220:38-43. Epub 2020 Jan 16.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife-PE, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by chronic and progressive inflammation that can cause a high degree of disability in affected individuals. Proinflammatory cytokines play central roles in the development of degradative and inflammatory responses in RA. IL-29 has been identified in RA and reported as a biomarker of the disease.

Objective: To analyze serum levels and accuracy of IL-29 in RA patients compared to healthy subjects and patients with other rheumatic diseases.

Methods: IL-29 serum levels were measured in 121 patients with RA, 53 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 60 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), 29 patients with fibromyalgia (FM), 50 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and 68 healthy individuals as controls. IL-29 levels in serum were investigated by ELISA. Sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios (LR) for having RA were calculated.

Results: Serum levels of IL-29 were increased in RA patients 113.6 (IQR = 31.25-308.5) pg/ml compared to non-RA patients (SLE, SSc, OA, and FM) (31.25 pg/ml) and healthy controls (31.25 pg/ml, p < 0.001). The IL-29 cut-off values to distinguish patients with RA from non-RA patients were 61.11 pg/ml (sensitivity 57.02, specificity 92.71, LR: 7.82) and for all subjects 32.96 pg/ml (sensitivity 64.46, specificity 87.31, LR: 5.08). Additionally, IL-29 correlated negatively with age (r=-0189, p = 0.038) and disease duration (-0.192, p = 0.037). Interestingly, IL-29 correlated positively with neutrophil count in RA patients positive for rheumatoid factor (r = 0.259, p = 0.022).

Conclusion: IL-29 is higher in the serum of patients with RA compared to non-RA subjects and may have potential for use as a biological marker.
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April 2020

Galectin-9 gene (LGALS9) polymorphisms are associated with rheumatoid arthritis in Brazilian patients.

PLoS One 2019 10;14(10):e0223191. Epub 2019 Oct 10.

Laboratory of Immunomodulation and New Therapeutic Approaches (LINAT), Suely-Galdino Therapeutic Innovation Research Center (NUPIT-SG), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by synovial inflammation and hyperplasia, as well as cartilage and bone destruction. Several proteins are associated with the pathogenesis of the disease. Galectin-9 belongs to the family of lectins that are involved in various biological processes and have anti-inflammatory activity.

Objective: To investigate associations between the SNPs of the GAL-9 gene (LGALS9) and serum levels in rheumatoid arthritis patients. We extracted DNA from 356 subjects, 156 RA patients and 200 healthy controls from northeastern Brazil. Three polymorphisms (rs4795835, rs3763959, and rs4239242) in the LGALS9 gene were selected and genotyped using TaqMan SNP genotyping assay. Serum concentrations of galectin-9 were analyzed by ELISA.

Results: The rs4239242 TT genotype showed a positive association with RA (p = 0.0032, odds ratio = 0.28), and heterozygous TC were prevalent in the control group compared to RA patients (p = 0.0001, odds ratio = 7.99). Galectin-9 serum levels were significantly increased in RA patients compared to the control group (p<0.0001). Patients in remission had high levels of galectin compared to the moderate activity group (p<0.0001). Regarding the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI), patients in remission or low activity presented high levels of galectin when compared to patients in severity (p<0.0001). Patients performing moderate activity had a significant value compared to patients who were in high disease severity (p = 0.0064). Interestingly, the AG genotype (rs3763959) has been associated with a higher presence of bone erosion in RA patients (p = 0.0436). The SNP rs4239242 TT genotype showed a positive association with RA in comparison to the control group. The AG genotype (rs3763959) has been associated with a higher presence of bone erosion in RA patients.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6786579PMC
March 2020

Galectin-1, -4, and -7 Were Associated with High Activity of Disease in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Autoimmune Dis 2019 22;2019:3081621. Epub 2019 Jul 22.

Laboratory of Immunomodulation and New Therapeutic Approaches (LINAT), Suely-Galdino Therapeutic Innovation Research Center (NUPIT-SG), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE, Brazil.

Background: Due to the variety of functions that galectins (Gal) possess, it is clear that they participate in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although some studies demonstrate their functions, there is still no correlation with the clinical data of the disease, having the physiological meaning still unknown.

Objectives: To compare serum levels of Gal-1, -4, and -7 in patients with RA and healthy controls and to correlate them with clinical parameters.

Methods: Serum samples were collected from patients with RA and healthy donors to determine the serum levels of Gal-1, -4, and -7.

Results: Serum levels of Gal-1, -4, and -7 were significantly higher in RA patients compared to controls. We evaluated disease activity (CDAI) with serum levels of galectins and found that patients who were high in disease activity had high levels of galectin compared to the moderate activity group. Galectin-4 had higher levels in patients who were in high activity when compared to the group in remission or low activity. Evaluating the activity of the individual disease (DAS28), patients in high individual activity had high levels of Gal-4 when compared to the group in remission or low activity. We also found an association between positive rheumatoid factor and Gal-1 and Gal-4 levels.

Conclusion: Our results show for the first time the relationship between serum levels of galectin and the clinical parameters of patients with RA. Demonstrating their role in pathogenesis, new studies with galectins are needed to assess how they function as a biomarker in RA.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2019/3081621DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6681614PMC
July 2019

Reassessing the Role of the Active TGF-1 as a Biomarker in Systemic Sclerosis: Association of Serum Levels with Clinical Manifestations.

Dis Markers 2016 14;2016:6064830. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica Suely Galdino, Recife, PE, Brazil.

. To determine active TGF-1 (aTGF-1) levels in serum, skin, and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) culture supernatants and to understand their associations with clinical parameters in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. . We evaluated serum samples from 56 SSc patients and 24 healthy controls (HC). In 20 SSc patients, we quantified spontaneous or anti-CD3/CD28 stimulated production of aTGF-1 by PBMC. The aTGF-1 levels were measured by ELISA. Skin biopsies were obtained from 13 SSc patients and six HC, and TGFB1 expression was analyzed by RT-PCR. . TGF-1 serum levels were significantly higher in SSc patients than in HC ( < 0.0001). Patients with increased TGF-1 serum levels were more likely to have diffuse subset ( = 0.02), digital ulcers ( = 0.02), lung fibrosis ( < 0.0001), positive antitopoisomerase I ( = 0.03), and higher modified Rodnan score ( = 0.046). Most of our culture supernatant samples had undetectable levels of TGF-1. No significant difference in TGFB1 expression was observed in the SSc skin compared with HC skin. . Raised active TGF-1 serum levels and their association with clinical manifestations in scleroderma patients suggest that this cytokine could be a marker of fibrotic and vascular involvement in SSc.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5124685PMC
February 2017

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms at +191 and +292 of Galectin-3 Gene (LGALS3) Related to Lower GAL-3 Serum Levels Are Associated with Frequent Respiratory Tract Infection and Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia.

PLoS One 2016 7;11(9):e0162297. Epub 2016 Sep 7.

Programa de Doutorado da Rede Nordeste de Biotecnologia, Recife, Brasil.

Introduction: Patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) may present chronic hemolytic anemia, vaso-occlusion and respiratory tract infection (RTI) episodes. Galectin-3 (GAL-3) is a multifunctional protein involved in inflammation, apoptosis, adhesion and resistance to reactive oxygen species. Studies point to a dual role for GAL-3 as both a circulation damage-associated molecular pattern and a cell membrane associated pattern recognition receptor.

Objective: To investigate associations between the SNPs of GAL-3 gene (LGALS3) and serum levels with RTI and vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) in children with SCA.

Materials And Methods: SNPs +191 and +292 in LGALS3 were studied using the TaqMan real-time PCR system; GAL-3 serum levels were measured by ELISA. The study included 79 children with SCA ranging from 2 to 12 years old.

Results: GAL-3 serum levels were associated with LGALS3 +191 and +292 genotypes (p <0.0001; p = 0.0169, respectively). LGALS3 +191, AA genotype was associated with low and CC with higher levels of GAL-3. For LGALS3 +292, the CC genotype was associated with lower GAL-3 and AA with higher levels. Patients with Frequency of RTI (FRTI) ≥1 presented higher frequency of +191AA (p = 0.0263) and +292AC/CC genotypes (p = 0.0320). SNP +292 was associated with Frequency of VOC (FVOC) (p = 0.0347), whereas no association was shown with SNP +191 and FVOC. However, CA/AC and AA/CC genotypes with lower GAL-3 levels showed a higher frequency in patients with FRTI ≥1 (p = 0.0170; p = 0.0138, respectively). Also, patients with FVOC ≥1 presented association with CA/AC (p = 0.0228). LGALS3 +191 and +292 combined genotypes related to low (p = 0.0263) and intermediate expression (p = 0.0245) were associated with FRTI ≥1. Lower GAL-3 serum levels were associated with FRTI ≥1 (p = 0.0426) and FVOC ≥1 (p = 0.0012).

Conclusion: Variation of GAL-3 serum levels related to SNPs at +191 and +292 may constitute a susceptibility factor for RTI and VOC frequency.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5014331PMC
August 2017