Cristina Chuva Costa

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Hypomyelination syndrome of the Weimaraner dog is a disease characterised by a reduction or absence of myelin in the axons of the central nervous system (CNS) exclusively. The objective of this study was to analyse the cause of this deficiency of myelin. Tissue samples of the CNS of three Weimaraner dogs with neurological signs were fixed in 10% formalin(More)
Programmed cell death represents an important pathogenic mechanism in various autoimmune diseases. Type I diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is a T cell-dependent autoimmune disease resulting in selective destruction of the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans. beta cell apoptosis has been associated with IDDM onset in both animal models and newly diagnosed(More)
We evaluated the role of complement component C5 during the course of cerebral ischemic reperfusion injury in a rat model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Systemic C5 inhibition was achieved with an anti-C5 monoclonal antibody, which significantly prevented the deterioration of the motor functions by reducing cerebral lesion and edema. Our(More)
Hyperacute rejection (HAR) is the first critical immunological hurdle that must be addressed in order to develop xenogeneic organs for human transplantation. In the area of cell-based xenotransplant therapies, natural antibodies (XNA) and complement have also been considered barriers to successful engraftment. Transgenic expression of human complement(More)
Workflow modeling has been able to handle requirements down to the point where the specification gets executed on a specialized engine. Present day information systems, however, pose new challenges. Data and decision logic are spread out across a collection of heterogeneous applications of different ages, provided by various vendors, supported on diverse(More)
Given the increasing importance of inter-organizational networks, business models and their underlying information systems must reflect this reality. Among the challenges that arise in this context are the representation of the relationships between the participating actors, the analysis of the complex balance of interests, and the evaluation of the(More)
The in vitro metabolism of transglutaminase-synthesized substance P analogs has been characterized comparing their stability to that of the parent peptide. The major metabolites have been purified and their structures elucidated by mass spectrometry. Our results demonstrated that gln5 spermidine and spermine analogs of substance P possess an enhanced(More)
The ability of transglutaminase-synthesized 1,3-diaminopropane, spermidine (Spd), spermine (Spm), and monodansylcadaverine gamma-(glutamyl5)derivatives of substance P (SP) to produce bronchoconstriction was investigated. In urethane-anaesthetized guinea pigs, intravenous injections of SP derivatives contracted differently bronchial smooth muscle and caused(More)
The way the Internet has connected millions of users at negligible costs has changed playing field for companies. Several stakeholders can now come together in virtual networks to create innovative business models that would be unfeasible in the physical world. However, the more radical the departure from the established models of value creation, the bigger(More)