Eliane Correa-de-Santana

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Functional interactions between neuroendocrine and immune systems are mediated by similar ligands and receptors, which establish a bi-directional communication that is relevant for homeostasis. We investigated herein the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in mice acutely infected by Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas' disease. Parasites(More)
It is currently accepted that experimental acute infection by Trypanosoma cruzi promotes changes in secondary lymphoid organs, with general T and B lymphocyte polyclonal activation. Here we show that mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) of acutely infected mice show severe atrophy due to extensive lymphocyte apoptosis. Accordingly, clusters of apoptotic cells are(More)
Thymocyte differentiation occurs within the thymic microenvironment, consisting of distinct cell types and extracellular matrix (ECM) elements. One of these ECM proteins is laminin. Previous experiments showed that laminin mediates interactions between thymocytes and thymic epithelial cells (TEC) in mice. Since, laminin comprises a family of related(More)
The thymic epithelium is the major microenvironmental component of the thymus, the primary lymphoid organ responsible for the generation of T lymphocytes. Thymic epithelial cells (TEC) control intrathymic T cell differentiation by means of distinct types of interactions. TEC constitutively produce chemokines and extracellular matrix ligands (such as laminin(More)
Folliculostellate cells (FS cells) are non-endocrine cells from the pituitary gland that respond to bacterial endotoxins by producing cytokines. In immune cells, an important component of bacterial recognition are the toll-like receptors (TLRs). Previously, we showed that FS cells express TLR4. The TLR4 ligand lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulates(More)
We investigated immunoneuroendocrine interactions in vivo and in vitro following infection by Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. In a first set of experiments, we studied the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Nests of parasites were seen in the adrenal gland, whereas T. cruzi-specific PCR gene amplification product was found in(More)
OBJECTIVE In a previous study, we reported an imbalance in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis of mice acutely infected with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. METHODS Possible effects of this parasitic infection on the endocrine function of other pituitary cell types were studied, in particular regarding(More)
The Laminin(LM)-database, hosted at http://www.lm.lncc.br, is the first database focusing a non-collagenous extracellular matrix protein family, the LMs. Part of the knowledge available in this website is automatically retrieved, whereas a significant amount of information is curated and annotated, thus placing LM-database beyond a simple repository of(More)
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