Fernanda Cenci Vuaden

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Hyperprolinemia is an inherited disorder of proline metabolism and patients affected by this disease may present neurological manifestations, including seizures and cognitive dysfunctions. Moreover, an association between adulthood schizoaffective disorders and moderate hyperprolinemia has been reported. However, the mechanisms underlying these behavioral(More)
Hyperprolinemia is an inherited disorder of proline metabolism and hyperprolinemic patients can present neurological manifestations, such as seizures, cognitive dysfunctions, and schizoaffective disorders. However, the mechanisms related to these symptoms are still unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the in vivo and in vitro effects of proline on(More)
Xerostomia is commonly caused by antidepressant drugs and ATP can influence the saliva production. Adenosine is the product of extracellular hydrolysis of adenine nucleotides in submandibular gland cells, which occurs by the action of ectonucleotidases. In this study, we have evaluated the effect of three different antidepressants in ecto-nucleotide(More)
Mild hyperhomocysteinemia is considered to be a risk factor for cerebral and cardiovascular disorders and can be modeled in experimental rats. Inflammation has been implicated in the toxic effects of homocysteine. Cholinergic signaling controls cytokine production and inflammation through the “cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway,” and brain(More)
Hormone deficiency following ovariectomy causes activation of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) that has been related to cognitive deficits in experimental animals. Considering that physical exercise presents neuroprotector effects, we decide to investigate whether exercise training would affect enzyme activation in hippocampus and cerebral(More)
AIMS To investigate the effect of N(omega)-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) treatment, known to induce a sustained elevation of blood pressure, on ectonucleotidase activities in kidney membranes of rats. MAIN METHODS L-NAME (30 mg/kg/day) was administered to Wistar rats for 14 days in the drinking water. Enzyme activities were determined(More)
Na+,K+-ATPase is a membrane protein which plays a key role in the maintenance of ion homeostasis that is necessary to neuronal excitability, secondary transport and neurotransmitter uptake. Mild hyperhomocysteinemia leads to several clinical manifestations and particularly cerebral diseases; however, little is known about the mechanisms of homocysteine on(More)
Adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) released during inflammation presents proinflammatory properties. Adenosine, produced by catabolism of ATP, is an anti-inflammatory compound. Considering the role of ATP and adenosine in inflammation and the importance of ectonucleotidases in the maintenance of their extracellular levels, we investigated the effect of a(More)
ATP exerts a proinflammatory role and induces cytokine release by acting at P2X(7) receptors. The product of ATP hydrolysis is the nucleoside adenosine, an important immunomodulator. The main source of extracellular adenosine is the hydrolysis of extracellular ATP by a group of ecto-enzymes: ENTPDase family, NPP family and ecto-5'-nucleotidase. Considering(More)
Hypermethioninemic patients may exhibit different neurological dysfunctions, and the mechanisms underlying these pathologies remain obscure. Glutamate and ATP are important excitatory neurotransmitters co-released at synaptic clefts, and whose activities are intrinsically related. Adenosine—the final product of ATP breakdown—is also an important(More)