Christina Maeda Takiya

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This study tests the hypothesis that bone marrow-derived mononuclear cell (BMDMC) therapy may reduce lung inflammation and fibrosis leading to an improvement in respiratory mechanics in a murine model of silicosis. 52 female C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned into four groups. In the silica group (SIL), silica suspension (20 mg/50 μL in saline) was(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, is transmitted by bug feces deposited on human skin during a blood meal. However, parasite infection occurs through the wound produced by insect mouthparts. Saliva of the Triatominae bug Rhodnius prolixus is a source of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). Here, we tested the role of both triatomine(More)
In adult animals, bone marrow is the major site of blood cell production, which is controlled by interactions between the local stroma and blood cell progenitors. The endosteal/subendosteal environment comprises bone-lining and adjacent reticular cells and sustains haemopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal, proliferation and differentiation. We have(More)
The goal of this study was to test the feasibility of BALB/c mice as an experimental model in the study of dengue disease. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneal infected with DENV-2 obtained from a human patient. Histopathological analysis of infected animals revealed liver injury with viral antigens detection. In initial stages, the most prominent lesions were(More)
We investigated the role of autophagy in infection of macrophages by Leishmania amazonensis. Induction of autophagy by IFN-gamma or starvation increased intracellular parasite load and the percentages of infected macrophages from BALB/c but not from C57BL/6 mice. In contrast, starvation did not affect the replication of either Leishmania major or(More)
One of the main difficulties in studying dengue virus infection in humans and in developing a vaccine is the absence of a suitable animal model which develops the full spectrum of dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and dengue shock syndrome. It is our proposal to present morphological aspects of an animal model which shows many similarities with the(More)
Clinical and experimental data show an increase in sodium reabsorption on the proximal tubule (PT) in essential hypertension. It is well known that there is a link between essential hypertension and renal angiotensin II (Ang II). The present study was designed to examine ouabain-insensitive Na(+)-ATPase activity and its regulation by Ang II in spontaneously(More)
Malnutrition is a risk factor for infection, compromising immune response. Glutamine (Gln) protects the lungs and distal organs in well-nourished septic and nonseptic conditions; however, no study to date has analyzed the effects of Gln in the presence of sepsis and malnutrition. In the present work, we tested the hypothesis that early therapy with(More)
BACKGROUND Drug resistance, a process mediated by multiple mechanisms, is a critical determinant for treating lung cancer. The aim of this study is to determine if oleanolic acid (OA), a pentacyclic triterpene present in several plants, is able to circumvent the mechanisms of drug resistance present in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines and to(More)