Ana María Ferreira

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Cerebral malaria claims more than 1 million lives per year. We report that heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, encoded by Hmox1) prevents the development of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM). BALB/c mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA upregulated HO-1 expression and activity and did not develop ECM. Deletion of Hmox1 and inhibition of HO activity increased ECM(More)
Low-grade polymicrobial infection induced by cecal ligation and puncture is lethal in heme oxygenase-1-deficient mice (Hmox1(-/-)), but not in wild-type (Hmox1(+/+)) mice. Here we demonstrate that the protective effect of this heme-catabolizing enzyme relies on its ability to prevent tissue damage caused by the circulating free heme released from hemoglobin(More)
Sickle human hemoglobin (Hb) confers a survival advantage to individuals living in endemic areas of malaria, the disease caused by Plasmodium infection. As demonstrated hereby, mice expressing sickle Hb do not succumb to experimental cerebral malaria (ECM). This protective effect is exerted irrespectively of parasite load, revealing that sickle Hb confers(More)
Muscarinic receptors are widely spread throughout the body, and are involved in the regulation of fundamental physiological processes, like the modulation of the heart rate, control of motor systems and modulation of learning and memory. In the central nervous system the cholinergic transmission is mainly mediated by muscarinic receptors; there are five(More)
Malaria, the disease caused by Plasmodium infection, is endemic to poverty in so-called underdeveloped countries. Plasmodium falciparum, the main infectious Plasmodium species in sub-Saharan countries, can trigger the development of severe malaria, including cerebral malaria, a neurological syndrome that claims the lives of more than one million children(More)
Bos indicus cows usually have better reproductive performance in tropical and subtropical regions than Bos taurus cows, presumably due to their better adaptation to tropical environments. The aim of this study was to evaluate the developmental competence and expression of the Hsp 70.1 gene in immature oocytes from B. taurus (Holstein) and B. indicus (Gyr)(More)
Nitrated fatty acids (nitroalkenes) have been recently detected and quantified in cell membranes and human plasma. However, nitration of arachidonate (AA), that could redirect AA-dependent cell signaling pathways, has not been studied in detail. Herein, we synthesized and determined for the first time the isomer distribution of nitroarachidonate (AANO2) and(More)
Infection by Plasmodium, the causative agent of malaria, is associated with hemolysis and therefore with release of hemoglobin from RBC. Under inflammatory conditions, cell-free hemoglobin can be oxidized, releasing its heme prosthetic groups and producing deleterious free heme. Here we demonstrate that survival of a Plasmodium-infected host relies strictly(More)
Hydatid disease, which affects humans and various livestock species, is caused by the larval stages of the cestode parasite Echinococcus granulosus. The disease involves the growth of a fluid-filled cyst in the host's internal organs. The hydatid cyst wall is generally thought to preclude the access of host immune cells to the cyst, while allowing passage(More)
The laminated layer (LL) is the massive carbohydrate-rich structure that protects Echinococcus larvae, which cause cystic echinococcosis (hydatid disease) and alveolar echinococcosis. Increased understanding of the biochemistry of the LL is allowing a more informed analysis of its immunology. The LL not only protects the parasite against host attack but(More)