Carla Denise Bonan

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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have emerged as a promising model organism to study development, toxicology, pharmacology, and neuroscience, among other areas. Despite the increasing number of studies using zebrafish, behavioral studies with this species are still elementary when compared to rodents. The aim of this study was to develop a model of unpredictable(More)
There is growing interest in zebrafish as a model organism in behavioral pharmacology research. Several anxiety behaviors have been characterized in zebrafish, but the effect of anxiolytic drugs on these parameters has been scarcely studied. The purpose of this work was to assess the predictive validity of acute treatment with anxiolytic drugs on behavioral(More)
Glutamate N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists, such as dizocilpine (MK-801), elicit schizophrenia-like symptoms in humans and a behavioral syndrome in rodents, characterized by hyperlocomotion and stereotyped actions, which is antagonized by antipsychotic drugs. Animal models of schizophrenia have been established and used for the development(More)
Extracellular nucleotides and nucleosides act as signaling molecules involved in a wide spectrum of biological effects. Their levels are controlled by a complex cell surface-located group of enzymes called ectonucleotidases. There are four major families of ectonucleotidases, nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases/CD39), ectonucleotide(More)
Changes in transport, receptors and production of extracellular adenosine have been observed after induction of hyperthyroidism. Adenosine is associated with inhibitory actions such as reduction in release of excitatory neurotransmitters and antinociception at spinal site. In contrast, ATP acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter and produces pronociceptive(More)
In different inflammatory disease models, heat-shock proteins (hsp) and hsp-derived peptides have been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory properties. While some studies have shown that hsp can directly interact with antigen-presenting cells, others report that bacterial hsp can induce specific T cells with regulatory phenotypes. Effective(More)
The participation of a nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase in the nucleotide hydrolysis by rat blood serum was evaluated. Nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase and phosphodiesterase are enzymes possibly involved in ATP and ADP hydrolysis. The specific activity of the phosphodiesterase activity (using thymidine 5'-monophosphate p-nitrophenyl(More)
Adenosine has been proposed as an endogenous anticonvulsant which can play an important role in seizure initiation, propagation and arrest. Besides the release of adenosine per se, the ectonucleotidase pathway is an important metabolic source of extracellular adenosine. Here we evaluated ATP diphosphohydrolase and 5'-nucleotidase activities in synaptosomes(More)
Nucleotides, e.g. ATP and ADP, are important signaling molecules, which elicit several biological responses. The degradation of nucleotides is catalyzed by a family of enzymes called NTPDases (nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases). The present study reports the enzymatic properties of a NTPDase (CD39, apyrase, ATP diphosphohydrolase) in brain(More)
Transcriptional factors and signalling molecules from intracellular metabolism modulate a complex set of events during brain development. Neurotransmitter and neuromodulator synthesis and their receptor expressions vary according to different stages of brain development. The dynamics of signalling systems is often accompanied by alterations in enzyme(More)