Emilio Luiz Streck

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Application of single transient forebrain ischemia (ISC) in adult Wistar rats, lasting 2 or 10 min, caused inhibition of Na+,K+-ATPase activity in cytoplasmic membrane fractions of hippocampus and cerebral cortex immediately after the event. In the 2-min ISC group followed by 60 min of reperfusion, the enzyme inhibition was maintained in the cortex, while(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies demonstrate that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) modulates many biochemical processes, especially the decrease of muscle injures, the increase in mitochondrial respiration and ATP synthesis for accelerating the healing process. OBJECTIVE In this work, we evaluated mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes I, II, III and IV and(More)
Buffered methylmalonate (MMA) was injected s.c. into rats twice a day at 8 h intervals from 5 to 25 days of age (chronic treatment), or into 10-day-old rats three times a day at 1 h intervals (acute treatment). Control rats received saline in the same volumes. Na+,K+-ATPase and Mg2+-ATPase activities were determined in the synaptic plasma membranes from(More)
Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is the major ATP-producing pathway, which supplies more than 95% of the total energy requirement in the cells. Damage to the mitochondrial electron transport chain has been suggested to be an important factor in the pathogenesis of a range of psychiatric disorders. Tissues with high energy demands, such as the brain,(More)
In the present study we investigated the effect of acute administration of L-arginine on Na+,K+-ATPase and Mg2+-ATPase activities and on some parameters of oxidative stress (chemiluminescence and total radical-trapping antioxidant parameter-TRAP) in midbrain of adult rats. We also tested the effect of L-NAME on the effects produced by arginine.(More)
Hyperhomocysteinemia occurs in homocystinuria, an inherited metabolic disease clinically characterized by thromboembolic episodes and a variable degree of neurological dysfunction whose pathophysiology is poorly known. In this study, we induced elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) in blood (500 μM), comparable to those of human homocystinuria, and in brain(More)
Some studies suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction may be related to the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder. In this work, we evaluated the activity of citrate synthase in rats, and the effects of the treatment with mood stabilizers (lithium and valproate) on the enzyme activity. In the first experiment (reversal treatment), amphetamine or saline were(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. Its etiology remains unclear, but it appears to result from a dysregulated immune response, with infiltration of phagocytic leukocytes into the mucosal interstitium. The production and release of reactive oxygen species by immune cells seems to play a(More)
Studies have shown alterations in mitochondrial complexes of bipolar disorder (BD) patients. However, changes in the Krebs cycle enzymes have been little studied. The animal model of mania induced by amphetamine has been widely used for the study of bipolar mania. The aim of this study is to assess behavioral and energy metabolism changes in an animal model(More)
Studies have demonstrated that AMPHs produce long-term damage to the brain dopaminergic, serotoninergic and glutamatergic regions. Prefrontal cortex, amygdala, hippocampus and striatum appear to be involved in the toxicity and behavioral changes induced by AMPHs. A single dose of AMPH causes mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in rat brain. The(More)