Ana Mendanha Falcão

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Iron is essential for normal cellular homeostasis but in excess promotes free radical formation and is detrimental. Therefore, iron metabolism is tightly regulated. Here, we show that mechanisms regulating systemic iron metabolism may also control iron release into the brain at the blood-choroid plexus-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier. Intraperitoneal(More)
IN ADULT MAMMALS, UNDER PHYSIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS, NEUROGENESIS, THE PROCESS OF GENERATING NEW FUNCTIONAL NEURONS FROM PRECURSOR CELLS, OCCURS MAINLY IN TWO BRAIN AREAS: the subgranular zone in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, and the subventricular zone (SVZ) lining the walls of the brain lateral ventricles. Taking into account the location of the SVZ(More)
The choroid plexus, being part of the blood-brain barriers and responsible for the production of cerebrospinal fluid, is ideally positioned to transmit signals into and out of the brain. This study, using microarray analysis, shows that the mouse choroid plexus displays an acute-phase response after an inflammatory stimulus induced in the periphery by(More)
The production, accumulation and aggregation of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are influenced by different modulators. Among these are iron and iron-related proteins, given their ability to modulate the expression of the amyloid precursor protein and to drive Aβ aggregation. Herein, we describe that lipocalin 2 (LCN2), a mammalian(More)
The emerging model for the adult subependymal zone (SEZ) cell population indicates that neuronal diversity is not generated from a uniform pool of stem cells but rather from diverse and spatially confined stem cell populations. Hence, when analysing SEZ proliferation, the topography along the anterior-posterior and dorsal-ventral axes must be taken into(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) in young adults. Chronic treatments with histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) have been reported to ameliorate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a rodent model of MS, by targeting immune responses. We have recently(More)
The subependymal zone (SEZ), frequently named as adult subventricular zone (SVZ), is a niche of adult neural stem and progenitor cells that lines a large extension of the lateral ventricles of the brain. The majority of the studies do not analyze the SEZ throughout its entire extension. Instead, studies of cell populations within the SEZ typically focus(More)
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