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Caixeta G.C.S.,Bandeirante University of Sao Paulo | Dona F.,Bandeirante University of Sao Paulo | Gazzola J.M.,Unifesp
Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology | Year: 2012

Abnormal body balance and cognitive dysfunction may develop in elderly patients with chronic vestibular dysfunction. Aim: To evaluate the relationship between cognitive processing and body balance in elderly patients with chronic peripheral vestibular disease. Type of Study: Cross-sectional. Methods: Seventy-six patients (≥ 60 years) with chronic peripheral vestibular dysfunction and dizziness for more than three months were enrolled. The tests for investigating body balance were: the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Dynamic Gait Index (DGI), Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT) Timed Up and Go Test modified (TUGTm); the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), Test Clock (RT,) and Verbal Fluency Test (VF) were applied for assessing cognition. Results: The mean age was 69.03 years (SD=6.21 years); most were female (82.9%). There was a significant negative correlation between the MMSE and the TUGT (ρ=-0.312; p=0.01), MMSE and TUGTm (ρ=-0.306; p=0.01), FV and TUGT (ρ=-0.346; p=0.01), and FV and TUGTm (ρ=-0.536; p=0.01); there was a significant positive correlation between the TR and BBS (ρ=0.343; p=0.01), TR and DGI (ρ=0.298; p=0.01), FV and BBS (ρ=0.299; p=0.01), and FV and DGI (ρ=0.306; p=0.01). Conclusion: Elderly patients with chronic peripheral vestibular disease and worse performance in body balance tests have functional impairment in cognitive skills.

De Carvalho F.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Vettore A.L.,Unifesp | Colleoni G.W.B.,Federal University of Sao Paulo
Clinical and Developmental Immunology | Year: 2012

Cancer/Testis Antigens (CTAs) are a promising class of tumor antigens that have a limited expression in somatic tissues (testis, ovary, fetal, and placental cells). Aberrant expression of CTAs in cancer cells may lead to abnormal chromosome segregation and aneuploidy. CTAs are regulated by epigenetic mechanisms (DNA methylation and acetylation of histones) and are attractive targets for immunotherapy in cancer because the gonads are immune privileged organs and anti-CTA immune response can be tumor-specific. Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable hematological malignancy, and several CTAs have been detected in many MM cell lines and patients. Among CTAs expressed in MM we must highlight the MAGE-C1/CT7 located on the X chromosome and expressed specificity in the malignant plasma cells. MAGE-C1/CT7 seems to be related to disease progression and functional studies suggests that this CTA might play a role in cell cycle and mainly in survival of malignant plasma cells, protecting myeloma cells against spontaneous as well as drug-induced apoptosis. © Copyright 2012 Fabricio de Carvalho et al.

Estadella D.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Da Penha Oller Do Nascimento C.M.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Oyama L.M.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Ribeiro E.B.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | And 2 more authors.
Mediators of Inflammation | Year: 2013

The ingestion of excessive amounts of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) and transfatty acids (TFAs) is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and obesity. The focus of this paper was to elucidate the influence of dietary SFA and TFA intake on the promotion of lipotoxicity to the liver and cardiovascular, endothelial, and gut microbiota systems, as well as on insulin resistance and endoplasmic reticulum stress. The saturated and transfatty acids favor a proinflammatory state leading to insulin resistance. These fatty acids can be involved in several inflammatory pathways, contributing to disease progression in chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, allergy, cancer, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and heart hypertrophy as well as other metabolic and degenerative diseases. As a consequence, lipotoxicity may occur in several target organs by direct effects, represented by inflammation pathways, and through indirect effects, including an important alteration in the gut microbiota associated with endotoxemia. Interactions between these pathways may perpetuate a feedback process that exacerbates an inflammatory state. The importance of lifestyle modification, including an improved diet, is recommended as a strategy for treatment of these diseases. © 2013 Débora Estadella et al.

de Franca N.R.,Unifesp
Revista brasileira de reumatologia | Year: 2010

RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional gene silencing mechanism preserved during evolution. This mechanism, recently described, is mediated by small double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) that can specifically recognize a target mRNA sequence and mediate its cleavage or translational repression. The use of RNAi as a tool for gene therapy has been extensively studied, especially in viral infections, cancer, inherited genetic disorders, cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases. Together with data from human genome, the knowledge of gene silencing mediated by RNAi could allow a functional determination of virtually any cell expressed gene and its involvement in cellular functioning and homeostasis. Several in vitro and in vivo therapeutic studies with autoimmune disease animal models have been carried out with promising results. The pathways of tolerance breakage and inflammation are potential targets for RNAi therapy in inflammatory autoimmune diseases. This review will present the basic principles of RNAi and discuss several aspects of RNAi-based therapeutic approaches, from in vitro tool design and target identification to in vivo pre-clinical drug delivery, and tests of autoimmune diseases in human cells and animal models. Finally, this review will present some recent clinical experience with RNAi-based therapy.

Kayo A.H.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Peccin M.S.,Unifesp | Sanches C.M.,Federal University of Sao Paulo | Trevisani V.F.M.,University of Santo Amaro | Trevisani V.F.M.,University of Sao Paulo
Rheumatology International | Year: 2012

The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of muscle-strengthening exercises (MS) and a walking program (WA) in reducing pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Ninety women, 30-55 years of age, diagnosed with fibromyalgia according to the American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria, were randomized into 3 groups: WA Group, MS Group, and control group. Pain (visual analog scale) was evaluated as the primary outcome. Physical functioning (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, FIQ), health-related quality of life (Short-Form 36 Health Survey, SF-36), and use of medication were evaluated as secondary outcomes. Assessments were performed at baseline, 8, 16, and 28 weeks. Intention-to-treat and efficacy analyses were conducted. Sixty-eight patients completed the treatment protocol. All 3 groups showed improvement after the 16-week treatment compared to baseline. At the 28-week follow-up, pain reduction was similar for the WA and MS groups (P = 0.39), but different from the control group (P = 0.01). At the end of the treatment, 80% of subjects in the control group took pain medication, but only 46.7% in the WA and 41.4% in the MS groups. Mean FIQ total scores were lower for the WA and MS groups (P = 0.96) compared with the control group (P < 0.01). Patients in the WA and MS groups reported higher scores (better health status) than controls in almost all SF-36 subscales. MS was as effective as WA in reducing pain regarding all study variables; however, symptoms management during the follow-up period was more efficient in the WA group. © Springer-Verlag 2011.

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