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Ferreira R.A.X.,Federal University of Fluminense | de Oliveira S.A.,Federal University of Fluminense | Gandini M.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | Ferreira L.C.,Federal University of Fluminense | And 5 more authors.
Acta Tropica | Year: 2015

Dengue fever is usually a benign acute viral infection transmitted by arthropods but may evolve to severe clinical manifestations such as coagulation and/or hemodynamic disorders, caused mainly by an increase of vascular permeability. Deregulated circulating immunological factors have been associated with severity. In Brazil severe cases appeared in children only recently and we evaluated the profile of cytokine/chemokine kinetics in 134 hospitalized young patients during the epidemic in Rio de Janeiro in 2008. Inflammatory cytokines TNF and IFNγ were found elevated during the acute phase in children as well as the anti-inflammatory IL10 and chemokines MIF and CXCL10/IP10, all last three persisting longer during the recovery phase. Severe disease fitting the dengue hemorrhagic fever pattern (WHO, 1997) was associated with higher IL10 and CXCL10/IP10 circulating levels (peak levels at seven days with P< 0.01 and P< 0.001 respectively as compared to DF). These factors were higher in patients pulmonary effusion or ascites (P< 0.05 for IL10 and P< 0.01 for CXCL10/IP10). Both factors were also associated with liver changes such as AST increase correlated with CXCL10/IP10 (r=0.4300 with P< 0.0001) and patients presenting painful hepatomegaly showed higher circulating levels of IL10 (P< 0.01, at 7-9 days) and of CXCL10/IP10 (P< 0.05, 4-6 days and P< 0.001, 7-9 days) when compared to patients without apparent liver alterations. Most cases presented a history of prior infection (93%). This is the first study demonstrating cytokine and chemokine association with severity during dengue fever in Brazilian children. IL10 and CXCL10/IP10 play a role in the disease severity associated with induction of vascular leakage and a novel association with changes in liver dysfunction. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Souza-Silva F.,Laboratorio Of Biologia Molecular E Doencas Endemicas | Pereira B.A.S.,Laboratorio Of Biologia Molecular E Doencas Endemicas | Finkelstein L.C.,Laboratorio Of Imunoparasitologia | Zucolotto V.,University of Sao Paulo | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Molecular Recognition | Year: 2014

Peptides from the COOH-terminal extension of cysteine proteinase B from Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis (cyspep) can modulate immune responses in vertebrate hosts. With this hypothesis as base, we used the online analysis tool SYFPEITHI to predict seven epitopes from this region with potential to bind H2 proteins. We performed proliferation tests and quantified reactive T lymphocytes applying a cytometry analysis, using samples from draining lymph node of lesions from L. (L.) amazonensis-infected mice. To define reactivity of T cells, we used complexes of DimerX (H2 Db:Ig and H2 Ld:Ig) and the putative epitopes. Additionally, we applied surface plasmon resonance to verify real time interactions between the putative epitopes and DimerX proteins. Five peptides induced blastogenesis in BALB/c cells, while only two presented the same property in C57BL/6 mouse cells. In addition, our data indicate the existence of CD8+ T lymphocyte populations able to recognize each tested peptide in both murine strains. We observed an overlapping of results between the peptides that induced lymphocyte proliferation and those capable of binding to the DimerX in the surface plasmon resonance assays thus indicating that using these recombinant proteins in biosensing analyses is a promising tool to study real time molecular interactions in the context of major histocompatibility complex epitopes. The data gathered in this study reinforce the hypothesis that cyspep-derived peptides are important factors in the murine host infection by L. (L.) amazonensis. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Lima-Camara T.N.,Programa de Computacao Cientifica PROCC | Lima-Camara T.N.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | Lima-Camara T.N.,University of Sao Paulo | Lima J.B.P.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | And 6 more authors.
Parasites and Vectors | Year: 2014

Background: Dengue is an arbovirus disease transmitted by two Aedes mosquitoes: Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus. Virgin females of these two species generally show a bimodal and diurnal pattern of activity, with early morning and late afternoon peaks. Although some studies on the flight activity of virgin, inseminated and blood-fed Ae. aegypti females have been carried out under laboratory conditions, little is known about the effects of such physiological states on the locomotor activity of Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females. The aim of this study was to analyze, under laboratory conditions, the effects of insemination and blood-feeding on the locomotor activity of Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females under LD 12:12, at 25°C. Methods. Both Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females were obtained from established laboratory colonies. Control groups were represented by virgin/unfed Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females. Experiments were conducted under laboratory conditions, using an activity monitor that registers individual activity every thirty minutes. Results: Virgin/unfed Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females showed a diurnal and bimodal pattern of locomotor activity, with peaks at early morning and late afternoon. Insemination and blood-feeding significantly decreased the locomotor activity of Ae. aegypti females, but inseminated/blood-fed Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus females showed a similar significant decrease on the locomotor activity compared to virgin/unfed females. Conclusions: This study is the first demonstration of the effects of insemination and blood-feeding on the locomotor activity of Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females under artificial conditions. Data suggest that Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti females respond in different ways to physiological status changes and such divergence between these two dengue vectors, associated with several ecological differences, could be related to the greater dengue vectorial capacity of Ae. aegypti in Americas in comparison to Ae. albopictus. © 2014 Lima-Camara et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Xavier-Carvalho C.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | Gibson G.,Escola Nacional de Saude Publica ENSP | Brasil P.,Institute Pesquisa Clinica Evandro Chagas IPEC FIOCRUZ | Ferreira R.X.,Hospital Universitario Antonio Pedro | And 8 more authors.
Infection, Genetics and Evolution | Year: 2013

Dengue is an arthropod-borne emerging viral disease with high morbidity and mortality risk in tropical countries like Brazil. Clinical manifestations are vast, ranging from asymptomatic to most severe forms of dengue such as shock. Previous data have shown that host genetics play a role in disease susceptibility and severity. Herein, we have tested the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at TNF, IL10, MIF, DCSIGN, CLEC5A, NOD2, CCR5 and MRC1 as candidate genes using a matched case-control study design including 88 severe children cases of dengue patients and 335 healthy unrelated subjects that was also separated in IgG+ and IgG- controls. We demonstrated that the TT genotype of CLEC5A SNP (rs1285933 C>T) is associated with dengue severity (OR=2.25; p=0.03) and that GG genotype of -336G>A DCSIGN (CD209) SNP is associated with protection to severe dengue (OR=0.12; p=0.04). Both comparisons were borderline significant when cases were compared with IgG+ controls subgroup. Nevertheless, genotype-phenotype correlation was also assessed using serum levels of TNF from infected patients at the onset of dengue fever, and CT/TT carriers in CLEC5A secreted higher levels of TNF than CC individuals in 5-7days of infection. No significant difference was observed in TNF levels between genotypes GG versus AG/AA at DCSIGN promoter. Next, we performed a meta-analysis retrieving results from the literature for -336G>A DCSIGN and -308G>A TNF SNPs demonstrating that the consensus estimates of these SNPs indicated no association with dengue severity (when compared to Dengue fever) in the overall analysis. But, a subgroup analysis in the -336G>A DCSIGN, the G allele was associated with severe dengue susceptibility in Asians (ORallele=2.77; p=0.0001; ORcarriers=2.99; p=0.0001) and protection in Brazilians (ORallele=0.66; p=0.013). In summary, our results suggest that genetic variations at CLEC5A increase the risk and regulate TNF secretion in dengue severity among Brazilians. Also, combined data of the literature suggest population-specific effect of the -336 DCSIGN SNP more prominent in Asians and in a different direction than Brazilians. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Da Silva J.H.M.,Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz | Calmon-Hamaty F.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Calmon-Hamaty F.,Montpellier University | Savino W.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | And 5 more authors.
Protein and Peptide Letters | Year: 2015

The "A proliferation inducing ligand" protein (APRIL) is a cytokine over-expressed in many transformed and tumoral cells acting onto two distinct receptors of the Tumoral Necrosis Factor B cell maturation antigen (BCMA) and the transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI). We herein describe, through a detailed computational approach, the molecular interactions between TACI and its ligands APRIL and another structurally similar protein called B-cell activating factor (BAFF) by means of molecular dynamics. Dynamical analysis suggests R84 and D85 residues from TACI as possible mutation candidates, yielding increased affinity between TACI and APRIL. The association of computational simulations, site directed mutagenesis and peptide design could be a powerful tool, driving to better in vitro experiments. Our results contribute to the elucidation of APRIL signaling and help clarify the effects of blocking interaction between APRIL and its receptors through the use of particular peptides. © 2015 Bentham Science Publishers.

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