Isabel Maria Bodas Freitas

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Nature and subcellular localization of 1H-NMR-detectable mobile lipid domains (ML) were investigated by NMR, Nile red fluorescence and electron microscopy, in NIH-3T3 fibroblasts and their H-ras transformants (3T3ras) transfected with a high number of oncogene copies. Substantial ML levels (ratio of (CH2)n/CH3 peak areas R=1. 56+/-0.33) were associated in(More)
Ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) associated with liver transplantation plays an important role in the induction of graft injury. Prolonged cold storage remains a risk factor for liver graft outcome, especially when steatosis is present. Steatotic livers exhibit exacerbated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress that occurs in response to cold IRI. In addition,(More)
Chronic organ-donor shortage has required the acceptance of steatotic livers for transplantation purposes despite the higher risk of graft dysfunction or nonfunction associated with the cold ischemia-reperfusion injury. This study evaluated the use of melatonin as an additive to Institute Georges Lopez (IGL-1) solution for protecting nonsteatotic and(More)
In a previous investigation, reperfusion with a melatonin-containing medium was demonstrated to enhance bile production and tissue ATP levels in rat livers, cold-preserved with University of Wisconsin (UW) or Celsior solutions, with respect to melatonin-free reperfusion; lipid peroxidation products in the perfusate were not influenced by the indole. This(More)
The assessment of the biological effects on aquatic vertebrate species is frequently employed to monitor water pollution, as it provides significant information on bioavailability and actual concentration levels. In anamniote vertebrates (fish and amphibians), significant correlations have been observed between exposure to contaminants - both natural and(More)
This study compares the effects of machine perfusion (MP) at different temperatures with simple cold storage. In addition, the role of Ca(2+) levels in the MP medium was evaluated. For MP, rat livers were perfused for 6 hours with Krebs-Henseleit (KH) solution (with 1.25 or 2.5 mM CaCl(2)) at 4 degrees C, 10 degrees C, 20 degrees C, 25 degrees C, 30 degrees(More)
We previously reported that machine perfusion (MP) performed at 20°C enhanced the preservation of steatotic rat livers. Here, we tested whether rat livers retrieved 30 min after cardiac arrest (NHBDs) were better protected by MP at 20°C than with cold storage. We compared the recovery of livers from NHBDs with organs obtained from heart beating donors(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS mGlu5 metabotropic glutamate receptor antagonists protect rat hepatocytes against hypoxic death. Here, we have examined whether mGlu5 receptor antagonists are protective against liver damage induced by oxidative stress. METHODS Toxicity of isolated hepatocytes was induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-BuOOH) after pretreatment with the(More)
Using ultrastructural analysis, we studied the effects of hyperthermic treatment of one case of human liver metastasis from colon carcinoma. The results indicate that the main hyperthermic response involves the neoplastic and the histiocytic cell population. The drastic decrease in metastatic cells was accompanied by the appearance of cell fragments and(More)
The contribution of endogenous fluorophores - such as proteins, bound and free NAD(P)H, flavins, vitamin A, arachidonic acid - to the liver autofluorescence was studied on tissue homogenate extracts and on isolated hepatocytes by means of spectrofluorometric analysis. Autofluorescence spectral analysis was then applied to investigate the response of single(More)