Fernanda Cristina Placido

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Interleukin-1 is a potent stimulator of arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism and this activity could be attributed to the activation of the prostaglandin-forming enzyme cyclooxygenase or of the arachidonic-releasing enzyme phospholipase A2 or both. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a cyclooxygenase product, and LTB4(More)
Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and related molecules constitute the C-C class of the β chemokine supergene family with inflammatory properties. However, the exact role, function, and implication in inflammatory diseases remain to be determined. Here we report that subcutaneous injections (0.2 ml) of a saturated water solution (1:40) of potassium(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a polypeptide which mediates several systemic changes associated with infection, inflammation and injury, such as fever, neutrophilia, increased acute phase protein synthesis, and arachidonic acid metabolites. Recently, a natural inhibitor of IL-1 has been cloned, called IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), which prevents Escherichia(More)
The transcription and translation of interleukin-1 (IL-1) may have a pleiotropic effect on the immune system and inflammatory diseases. Recently it has been reported that human monocytes not only produce IL-1 but also induce, with adherent IgG, the secretion of an IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), which can play an essential in vivo and in vitro role in(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of pyridoxine (Vitamine B6) deficiency on the immunological response of BALB/c mice infected with the parasite T. spiralis. Specific anti-parasite IgM and IgG immunoglobulins were detected by ELISA method in the serum of treated animals at different periods for 60 days post infection. Vitamin B6-deficiency(More)
MCP-1 is a small (8-10 KDa) protein and a prototype member of the CC chemokine β subfamily, which plays a critical role in acute and chronic inflammation. Recent evidence suggests an important role for MCP-1, MCP-2 and MCP-3 in a number of pathological states, including delayed type hypersensitivity conditions, parasitic infections and rheumatoid arthritis.(More)
Prostaglandins and thromboxanes (T×s) are produced by polymorphonuclears (PMNs) and macrophages (MØs) in response to various stimuli. PMNs were separated from other human blood cells and MOs were separated from rat peritoneal lavage. In this paper we show that human recombinant interleukin-1 (hrIL-1) can stimulate the release of thromboxane B2(T×B2) by PMNs(More)
Thymocytes that express the complete CD3-T-cell receptor (TCR) complex are CD4- and CD8-. The CD4+ T-cell population can be subdivided into at least two quite distinct subsets, TH1 and TH2 cells, based upon cytokine expression. Interleukin-1 (IL-1) appears to be required for optimal proliferation of T cells in response to antigen and it seems that in the(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a monokine that exerts multiple biological activity, including immunity and inflammation. Moreover, IL-1 is involved in Ca2+ release causing hypercalcemia and bone resorption. Recently, a 22 kDa natural inhibitor to IL-1 called interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) has been described in human fluids, which specifically binds(More)
During the past decade, particular attention has been focused on treatment of bladder cancer patients with the bacterial agent bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). In these studies, bladder cancer patients were instilled with BCG (75mg/50ml) once per week for 6 weeks, 1–2 weeks following trans-urethreal resection of the bladder. Cystoscopy was performed after 6(More)