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INTRODUCTION In ICUs, both fluid overload and oliguria are common complications associated with increased mortality among critically ill patients, particularly in acute kidney injury (AKI). Although fluid overload is an expected complication of oliguria, it remains unclear whether their effects on mortality are independent of each other. The aim of this(More)
Envenomations by the snake Bothrops asper are characterized by prominent local tissue damage (i.e. myonecrosis), blistering, hemorrhage and edema. Various phospholipases A2 and metalloproteinases that induce local pathological alterations have been purified from this venom. Since these toxins induce a conspicuous inflammatory response, it has been(More)
Local tissue damage induced by crotaline snake venoms includes edema, myonecrosis, hemorrhage, and an inflammatory response associated with a prominent cellular infiltrate. The role of neutrophils in the local tissue damage induced by Bothrops asper snake venom and by myotoxin I, a phospholipase A2 isolated from this venom, was investigated. Male Swiss mice(More)
The ability of Lys49 and Asp49 phospholipases A(2) (PLA(2)), from Bothrops asper snake venom, to cause hyperalgesia was investigated in rats, using the paw pressure test. Intraplantar injection of both toxins (5-20 micro g/paw) caused hyperalgesia, which peaked 1h after injections. Incubation of both proteins with heparin, prior to their injection,(More)
Changes in serum levels of several cytokines and nitric oxide were studied in BALB/c mice injected intraperitoneally with one median lethal dose (LD(50)) of the venoms of Bothrops asper and Bothrops jararaca, two of the medically most important poisonous snakes of Latin America. Despite differences observed in the time-course of cytokine increments and in(More)
Macrophages are considered the main effector cells of immune system. Under stimulation these cells are known to be activated by a process involving morphological, biochemical and functional changes. Since altered peptidase activities could be among the factors leading to the differentiation and activation of these cells, in the present work seven(More)
Venoms from snakes of the genus Bothrops cause pronounced local effects in the victims. These alterations result not only from the direct toxic action of venom components, but also from the prominent inflammatory reaction associated with these envenomations. In this study we investigated the ability of Bothrops asper (BaV) and Bothrops jararaca (BjV) venoms(More)
Snake venom phospholipases A2 (PLA2) show a remarkable functional diversity. Among their toxic activities, some display the ability to cause rapid necrosis of skeletal muscle fibers, thus being myotoxic PLA2s. Besides myotoxicity, these enzymes evoke conspicuous inflammatory and nociceptive events in experimental models. Local inflammation and pain are(More)
Loss of skeletal muscle is a serious consequence of cancer as it leads to weakness and increased risk of death. To better understand the interplay between urothelial carcinoma and skeletal muscle wasting, cancer-induced catabolic profile and its relationship with muscle mitochondria dynamics were evaluated using a rat model of chemically induced urothelial(More)
The integrin alpha(M)beta(2) regulates important cell functions in inflammation being the primary phagocytic receptor on macrophages. HF3, a metalloproteinase isolated from Bothrops jararaca venom, is a potent hemorrhagic toxin. A cDNA encoding HF3 indicated that it is a multidomain molecule composed of a pro-domain, a catalytic domain with a zinc binding(More)