Claudia de Assis Corrêa de Macedo

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3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy"), is a widely abused, psychoactive recreational drug that is known to induce neurotoxic effects. Human and rat hepatic metabolism of MDMA involves N-demethylation to 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), which is also a drug of abuse. MDMA and MDA are O-demethylenated to N-methyl-alpha-methyldopamine(More)
The authors compared plasma dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH), platelet monoamine oxidase (MAO), whole blood serotonin, and RBC catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) in 25 children with conduct disorder and 20 control children. They found that children diagnosed as having conduct disorder undersocialized had significantly lower DBH activity than children(More)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) results from an autoimmune attack against the insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells, leading to elimination of insulin production. The exact cause of this disorder is still unclear. Although the differential expression of microRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding RNAs that control gene expression in a post-transcriptional manner,(More)
In this study, we observed the occurrence of TRBV8.1-DB2.1 V(D)J recombination in murine fetal thymus organ culture (FTOC), in which the thymic microenvironment is mimicked. Since ionizing radiation affects T-cell development, we irradiated FTOCs with gamma rays to evaluate the modulation of genes implicated in TRBV8.1-BD2.1 rearrangements. The nylon cDNA(More)
The expression of peripheral tissue antigens (PTAs) in the thymus by medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) is essential for the central self-tolerance in the generation of the T cell repertoire. Due to heterogeneity of autoantigen representation, this phenomenon has been termed promiscuous gene expression (PGE), in which the autoimmune regulator (Aire)(More)
Non-manipulated inbred mouse strains constitutes an interesting model-system for in vivo studies on thymus ontogeny due to the possibility to observe the molecular events of the thymocyte maturation. In previous studies, using RT-PCR method, we have found that several immune system genes such as interleukins and MHC are differentially expressed during(More)
Limited information is available regarding the modulation of genes involved in the innate host response to Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, the etiologic agent of paracoccidioidomycosis. Therefore, we sought to characterize, for the first time, the transcriptional profile of murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (DCs) at an early stage following their(More)
The assembling of T-cell receptor (TCR alpha/beta and gamma/delta) genes depends on the V(D)J recombination occurring in early thymocytes during thymus ontogeny. The V(D)J recombination reaction is directed by a recombinase complex from the RAG-1 and RAG-2 genes, and is modulated by several other gene products. Due to the essential role of the TCRbeta in(More)
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease, while type 2 (T2D) and gestational diabetes (GDM) are considered metabolic disturbances. In a previous study evaluating the transcript profiling of peripheral mononuclear blood cells obtained from T1D, T2D and GDM patients we showed that the gene profile of T1D patients was closer to GDM than to T2D. To(More)