Henrique Rocha Mendonça

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The retinotectal projection of rodents presents a precise retinotopic organization that develops, from diffuse connections, from the day of birth to post-natal day 10. Previous data had demonstrated that these projections undergo reorganization after retinal lesions, nerve crush and monocular enucleation. The axonal growth seems to be directly related to(More)
The development and maturation of sensory systems depends on the correct pattern of connections which occurs during a critical period when axonal elimination and synaptic plasticity are involved in the formation of topographical maps. Among the mechanisms involved in synaptic stabilization, essential fatty acids (EFAs), available only through diet, appear(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a very reactive molecule, and its short half-life would make it virtually invisible until its discovery. NO activates soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC), increasing 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels to activate PKGs. Although NO triggers several phosphorylation cascades due to its ability to react with Fe II in heme-containing(More)
A trauma to the mature central nervous system (CNS) often leads to persistent deficits, due to the inability of axons to regenerate after being injured. Increasing evidence suggests that pro-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic genes can present a major obstacle to promoting neuroprotection of retinal ganglion cells and consequently succeed in axonal(More)
Opinion Oligodendrocytes are the cell type responsible to produce central nervous system (CNS) myelin sheaths. These sheaths consist of internodes of thin bilayers of oligodendrocyte plasma membrane concentrically wrapped around the axon, producing high-resistance/ low-capacitance regions, flanked by low-resistance/high-capacitance unwrapped segments,(More)
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) plays regulatory functions both in immune and nervous system. However, in the visual system, little is known about the cellular types which respond to IL-2 and its effects. Herein, we investigated the influence of IL-2 in the development of central visual pathways. Lister Hooded rats were submitted to multiple (at postnatal days(More)
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