Daniel Barboza Cava Queiróz

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This study provides the first evidence that rat epididymis is fully capable of initiating an inflammatory response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from Escherichia coli through activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). TLR4 functionality was demonstrated by in vivo LPS challenge, which induced a time- and dose-dependent activation of the transcription factor(More)
We have characterized the expression of alpha1-adrenoceptor in epididymis from rats in different stages of sexual maturation: 40 (immature), 60 (young adult), and 120 (adult) days of age. Plasma testosterone levels were low in the immature animals but increased significantly in the 60- and 120-day-old animals. These changes were followed by a progressive(More)
This study analyses possible changes during surgical and chemical castration in the expression and pharmacological characteristics of alpha1-adrenoceptor in adult rat seminal vesicle. Ribonuclease protection assays indicated that alpha1a--was the predominant mRNA, while alpha1b-and alpha1d-adrenoceptor transcripts were detected in lower abundance in this(More)
The caput epididymis of some mammals contains large quantities of serotonin whose origin, targets, and physiological variations have been poorly studied. We combined morphological and biochemical techniques to begin approaching these aspects of serotonin in the rat caput epididymis. Serotonin immunostaining was detected in mast, epithelial, and(More)
Herein, we characterized the spatio-temporal expression, cellular distribution and regulation by androgens of the β-defensin SPAG11C, the rat ortholog of the human SPAG11B isoform C, in the developing epididymis by using RT-PCR, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. We observed that Spag11c mRNA was ubiquitously expressed in rat fetuses, but(More)
Inflammation is a primordial host response to invasion by pathogens or tissue injury. During infection, microbes can activate immune cells through pattern-recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptors, an evolutionarily conserved family of receptors that mediate innate immunity in a wide range of organisms. Infection also triggers an increase in(More)
Immunohistochemistry was conducted to analyze the cellular localization of alpha(1A)-adrenoceptors along rat and human epididymis. ADR-A, a polyclonal antibody that recognizes the specific C-terminal region of alpha(1A)-adrenoceptors, immunostained this adrenoceptor subtype in smooth muscle cells surrounding the epididymal tubules and interstitial blood(More)
This study reports the genomic organization of the rhesus alpha(1A)-adrenoceptor gene (ADRA1A). Full-length cloning of rhesus ADRA1A splice variants was achieved by combining PCR screening of a seminal vesicle cDNA library and 5'-RACE assays with total RNA from seminal vesicle. The classical ADRA1A mRNA (ADRA1A_v1) and six full-length ADRA1A splice variants(More)
In the present work, histochemical and biochemical studies were conducted to analyze changes in the pattern of autonomic innervation during sexual maturation, using the rat epididymis as a model. Glyoxylic acid histochemistry and immunohistochemical studies against dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DbetaH) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) indicated a reduction in(More)
Glucocorticoids regulate several physiological functions, including reproduction, in mammals. Curiously, little is known about glucocorticoid-induced effects on the epididymis, an androgen-dependent tissue with vital role on sperm maturation. Here, RT-PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemical studies were performed to evaluate expression, cellular(More)