Publications by authors named "Maria F Pinheiro"

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Population data of 30 insertion/delection polymorphisms from a sample taken in the North of Portugal.

Int J Legal Med 2013 Jan 20;127(1):65-7. Epub 2012 Apr 20.

Medicine Faculty, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00414-012-0693-7DOI Listing
January 2013

Population data of 12 X-STR loci in a North of Portugal sample.

Int J Legal Med 2013 Jan;127(1):63-4

Jardim Carrilho Videira, 4050-167 Porto, Portugal.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00414-012-0672-zDOI Listing
January 2013

[Unexpected high values of TSH: the presence of high molecular weight forms (macro TSH) must be investigated].

Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol 2006 Jun;50(3):445-9

Setor de Endocrinologia, Laboratório Fleury, Av. General Waldomiro de Lima 508, 04344-070 São Paulo, SP.

The laboratory methods usually employed for the measurement of serum TSH present sensitivity and specificity levels, both analytical and clinical, are highly satisfactory. Additionally, the methodologies are quite robust, so that false-positive and false-negative results are rare and unexpected. In this paper we describe two individuals quoted as euthyroid clinically, with no reference to autoimmune diseases, and no reference to the use of exogenous TSH, that presented with normal to extremely high serum TSH levels, depending on the method employed for analysis. In the three tested methods, serial dilution showed that the real TSH levels were between 250 and 300 mUI/L. In both cases the increment in TSH levels were due to the presence of TSH-binding proteins, forming high molecular weight complexes ("macro TSH"), well characterized by gel filtration chromatography on Superdex S-200 column. In one of the patients the binding protein was characterized as being IgG by protein-G binding study. In the other case, protein-G binding as well as anti-IgM binding failed to characterize the protein. These two cases call attention to the importance of the clinical-laboratory correlation and suggest the need that the presence of "macro TSH" must be investigated in patients with unexpectedly high TSH values.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0004-27302006000300006DOI Listing
June 2006

Results of the 2003-2004 GEP-ISFG collaborative study on mitochondrial DNA: focus on the mtDNA profile of a mixed semen-saliva stain.

Forensic Sci Int 2006 Jul 21;160(2-3):157-67. Epub 2005 Oct 21.

Instituto Nacional de Toxicología y Ciencias Forenses, Servicio de Biología, Barcelona, Spain.

We report here a review of the seventh mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) exercise undertaken by the Spanish and Portuguese working group (GEP) of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) corresponding to the period 2003-2004. Five reference bloodstains from five donors (M1-M5), a mixed stain of saliva and semen (M6), and a hair sample (M7) were submitted to each participating laboratory for nuclear DNA (nDNA; autosomal STR and Y-STR) and mtDNA analysis. Laboratories were asked to investigate the contributors of samples M6 and M7 among the reference donors (M1-M5). A total of 34 laboratories reported total or partial mtDNA sequence data from both, the reference bloodstains (M1-M5) and the hair sample (M7) concluding a match between mtDNA profiles of M5 and M7. Autosomal STR and Y-STR profiling was the preferred strategy to investigate the contributors of the semen/saliva mixture (M6). Nuclear DNA profiles were consistent with a mixture of saliva from the donor (female) of M4 and semen from donor M5, being the semen (XY) profile the dominant component of the mixture. Strikingly, and in contradiction to the nuclear DNA analysis, mtDNA sequencing results yield a more simple result: only the saliva contribution (M4) was detected, either after preferential lysis or after complete DNA digestion. Some labs provided with several explanations for this finding and carried out additional experiments to explain this apparent contradictory result. The results pointed to the existence of different relative amounts of nuclear and mtDNAs in saliva and semen. We conclude that this circumstance could strongly influence the interpretation of the mtDNA evidence in unbalanced mixtures and in consequence lead to false exclusions. During the GEP-ISFG annual conference a validation study was planned to progress in the interpretation of mtDNA from different mixtures.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2005.09.005DOI Listing
July 2006