Aloísio Sales da Cunha

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We investigate the cytokine profile in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum of patients with spinal cord schistosomiasis (SCS). Increased levels of IL-1beta, IL-4, IL-6 and IL-10 and low concentrations of TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma were observed in both CSF and serum. CSF showed higher levels of IL-4 and IL-6 when compared to the paired serum samples. A(More)
Astrocytosis is a common neurocellular manifestation of brain pathology in individuals with a variety of diseases. It is comprised of astrocytic hyperplasia (an increase in number of astrocytes) and astrocytic hypertrophy (an increase in size of astrocytes). The precise cause(s) of astrocytosis remains unknown. We morphometrically measured the relative(More)
Gliosis is the most frequent and therefore important neurocellular reaction to brain insult occurring in diseases ranging from AIDS to infarction. Neuropathological diagnosis of gliosis is based on morphological changes of brain glial cells. Changes commonly agreed to reflect gliosis are qualitative increases in size, number and glial fibrillary acidic(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is elevated in brain tissue of individuals who died with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other diseases where this cytokine likely stimulates reactive astrocytosis. IL-1 stimulates, among others, production of interleukin-6 (IL-6), granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha(More)
Transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-beta 1) immunoreactive product (IRP) has recently been detected in autopsied brains of individuals who died with central nervous system diseases and/or fever but not in normal individuals or in normal rodent brain. However, the mechanism(s) of induction of TGF-beta 1 in brain and the identity of cells expressing(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) is a potent modulator of immune and glial cells' functions and thus, could play an important role in neuro-immune interaction. However, published reports disagree on whether or not TGF-beta 1 is expressed in normal brain. We demonstrate here the constitutive expression of TGF-beta 1 mRNA but not protein in both(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of oxamniquine and praziquantel, the two most clinically important schistosomicide drugs, and to compare the accuracy of faecal examination with the accuracy of oogram in testing for Schistosoma mansoni infection. METHODS In a triple-masked and randomized controlled trial, 106 patients infected with S.(More)
Motor and cognitive impairment is common in human immunodeficiency virus disease in humans and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) disease in rhesus monkeys. We have examined peptide neurotransmitter expression in the frontal cortex of SIV-infected rhesus monkeys to identify alterations in cortical neurons that might explain this impairment. A 2-fold higher(More)
Growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) is an abundant, intensely investigated membrane phosphoprotein of the nervous system (Benowitz, L.I., and A. Routtenberg. 1987. Trends Neurosci. 10:527-532; Skene, J. H. P. 1989. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 12:127-156), with a hitherto unknown function. We have previously demonstrated that astrocytes, brain macroglial cells,(More)
HIV-1 expression in monocytes/macrophages can be controlled by transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1). TGF-beta 1 is present in astrocytes surrounding HIV-1-infected monocyte/macrophages in brain tissue from patients with AIDS but not from seronegative, normal individuals. We sought to determine whether or not production of TGF-beta 1 can be(More)