Inês Domingues

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Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-2 (VEGFR2) is the major mediator of the angiogenic effects of VEGF. In addition to its well known role as a membrane receptor that activates multiple signaling pathways, VEGFR2 also has a nuclear localization. However, what VEGFR2 does in the nucleus is still unknown. In the present report we show that, in(More)
This study aimed to evaluate sublethal effects of a short-term exposure (96 h) to titanium silicate nanoparticles (TiSiO(4)-NP) on Pelophylax perezi tadpoles. Tadpoles were exposed to five concentrations of TiSiO(4)-NP (8.2, 10.2, 12.8, 16 and 20 mg/L) plus a control. Effect criteria were: mortality, cholinesterases, glutathione S-transferases, lactate(More)
Recent advances in video tracking technologies provide the tools for a sensitive and reproducible analysis of invertebrate activity under stressful conditions nurturing the field of behavioural ecotoxicology. This study aimed to evaluate behavioural responses of the freshwater planarian Dugesia subtentaculata exposed to a model compound, chlorantraniliprole(More)
Previous work showed the existence of ecotoxicity of water samples from the Alqueva reservoir due to the presence of the herbicides atrazine, simazine, terbuthylazine and metolachlor. In the present study we examine the effects of these herbicides singly and as binary mixtures on the growth rate of the microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. Usually,(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor activation regulates endothelial cell (EC) survival, migration and proliferation. Recently, it was suggested the cross-talk between the VEGF receptors-1 (FLT-1) and -2 (KDR) modulated several of these functions, but the detailed molecular basis for such interactions remained unexplained. Here we demonstrate(More)
Studies investigating the use of biomarkers in pesticide risk assessment have greatly increased in recent years; however, issues concerning the ecological meaning of enzymatic responses have proved controversial. Ideally a good biomarker response should be modulated by the environmental contaminants alone and demonstrate a predictable behavior towards(More)
Zebrafish early life stages (ELS) assays have been increasingly used to assess the toxicity of chemicals and waste waters, showing a great potential due to the wide variety of endpoints that can be incorporated in the test. Moreover, zebrafish ELS test have been proposed, mainly for ethical reasons, as a surrogate for tests with adults. In this work, the(More)
Trichlorfon (TCF) is one of the most used veterinary pharmaceuticals not only to fight infestations but also as a preventive measure worldwide. The high concentrations used generate concerns about environmental and human health. In this work we assessed the acute toxicity of this compound to non-target organisms belonging to different trophic levels: Danio(More)
Carbendazim is a widely used broad spectrum benzimidazole fungicide; however, its effects to non-target aquatic organisms are poorly studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the toxic effects of carbendazim to zebrafish early life stages at several levels of biological organization, including developmental, biochemical and behavioural levels. The(More)
In aquatic environments, many factors determine the overall impact of a toxic event, constituting "exposure scenarios" that must be understood so that risk assessment strategies can be successfully applied. In this work, an experimental design was planned to investigate the influence of the organism age, duration of exposure and subsequent recovery period(More)