Isabela B Antunes

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Sleep deprivation is now recognized as an increasingly common condition inherent to modern society, and one that in many ways, is detrimental to certain physiological systems, namely, immune function. Although sleep is now viewed by a significant body of researchers as being essential for the proper working of a host of defense systems, the consequences of(More)
The present study was designed to evaluate the sleep pattern of rats submitted to chronic stressors (restraint, electrical footshock, swimming and cold) applied to male rats. After 48 h-baseline recording, rats were submitted to 4 days of chronic stress, and electrocorticogram recordings were carried out continuously. The stressors (footshock, swimming and(More)
The present purpose was to determine the effects of different schedules of long-term food restriction (FR) applied to rats from weaning to the 8th week. Rats were distributed into FR and ad libitum groups at weaning and fed at 7 am, at 7 pm, and finally, restricted rats fed ad libitum. The restricted rats started with 6 g/day and the food was increased by 1(More)
The present purpose was to examine how sleep deprivation affects the estrous cycle of the female rat. Paradoxical sleep-deprived (PSD) adult female Wistar rats were compared to home-cage control (CTRL) on their estrous cyclicity. Forty-four PSD and forty-four CTRL female rats were distributed into 4 subgroups of 11 animals each according to the phase of(More)
BACKGROUND Paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) associated with cocaine has been shown to enhance genital reflexes (penile erection-PE and ejaculation-EJ) in Wistar rats. Since hypertension predisposes males to erectile dysfunction, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of PSD on genital reflexes in the spontaneously hypertensive rat(More)
BACKGROUND The present study aimed to evaluate whether chronic stress (CS) affects ligature-induced periodontal disease and to investigate the impact of CS on the mRNA levels of interleukin (IL)-1beta, -1 receptor antagonist, -6, and -10, interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B ligand (RANKL), and osteoprotegerin in the(More)
Progesterone is present in a wide spectrum of biological activity within a variety of tissues. This hormone is also known to affect reproduction, sleep quality, respiration, mood, appetite, learning, memory and sexual activity. Progesterone exerts a sleep induction or hypnotic effect and is a potent respiratory stimulant that has been associated to a(More)
This study was designed to examine the influence of gender on sleep rebound architecture after a 4-day paradoxical sleep deprivation period. After a 5-day baseline sleep recording, both male and female rats in different phases of the estrus cycle were submitted to paradoxical sleep deprivation for 96 h. After this period, the sleep rebound recording was(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) on circulating lipoproteins (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides) in males as well as in intact and ovariectomized (OVX) female rats. The intact female rat group was sub-distributed according to the phase of the estrous cycle (proestrus, estrus and(More)
Different doses of alpha-1, alpha-2, beta-1, and beta-2 adrenoceptor agonists or antagonists were administered to paradoxical sleep-deprived (PSD) rats prior to cocaine administration. Methoxamine reduced the percentage of rats displaying erection, whereas prazosin did not. Yohimbine significantly decreased this percentage. For beta-1 adrenoceptor drugs,(More)