Andreia Gonçalves

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AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitor (DPP-IV), in preventing the deleterious effects of diabetes on the blood-retinal barrier in male Zucker Diabetic Fatty (ZDF) rats. METHODS ZDF rats at 20 weeks of age were treated with sitagliptin (10 mg/kg/day) during 6 weeks. The effect of the drug(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) inhibitor, in preventing the deleterious effects of diabetes on the kidney in an animal model of type 2 diabetes mellitus; the Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rat: 20-week-old rats were treated with sitagliptin (10 mg/kg bw/day) during 6 weeks. Glycaemia and blood HbA1c(More)
Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss in working-age population, is often associated with inflammation and apoptosis. We have previously reported that sitagliptin, a DPP-IV inhibitor, exerts beneficial effects in the retina of type 2 diabetic animals. The present study aimed to evaluate whether sitagliptin can exert protective effects in the(More)
Claudins are pivotal building blocks of tight junctions that form the paracellular barrier in epithelia and endothelia. In mammals, claudins are a 27-gene family that encodes tetraspan membrane proteins, playing a crucial role in the formation and integrity of tight junctions and regulate the barrier function. Claudin isoforms are expressed in a tissue-(More)
PURPOSE Inflammation associated with blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown is a common feature of several retinal diseases. Therefore, the development of novel nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory approaches may provide important therapeutic options. Previous studies demonstrated that inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase-IV, the enzyme responsible for the(More)
In longitudinal studies of disease, patients may experience several events through a follow-up period. In these studies, the sequentially ordered events are often of interest and lead to problems that have received much attention recently. Issues of interest include the estimation of bivariate survival, marginal distributions, and the conditional(More)
The aviation industry plays a vital role in supporting economies and connecting people worldwide; it is a cornerstone of modern life. However, user experience of air travel is often marked by frustration, stress and confusion. Indeed, over the last decade, traveler satisfaction with air travel experiences has steadily declined. This paper describes(More)
Primary Systemic Amyloidosis (AL) is the most frequent form of systemic amyloidosis and its morbilility is associated with immunoglobulin light chains deposition in vital organs. The mucocutaneous manifestations occur in about 30-40% of the cases and are important in diagnostic suspicion, once they appear in early stages of disease. We report a 71-years-old(More)
The aviation industry is fundamental to today's connected global economies, rapidly and effectively linking people, places and cultures. However, aviation struggles to provide a high quality of service; air travelers typically report dissatisfaction and frustration with their experiences. This paper describes fieldwork in the form of 63 interviews that aims(More)
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