Júlia Prado-Franceschi

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Bothropstoxin-I from Bothrops jararacussu snake venom is a lysine-49 phospholipase A(2) with myotoxic and neurotoxic activities. In this study, we used mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparations in the absence and presence of manganese (Mn(2+)), a presynaptic blocker, to investigate a possible presynaptic action of bothropstoxin-I. At concentrations of 0.9(More)
Bothropstoxin, a 13,700 mol. wt myotoxic phospholipase homologue isolated from the venom of Bothrops jararacussu and devoid of PLA2, proteolytic or hemolytic activities, inhibited muscle twitch tension, evoked either directly or indirectly through stimulation of the motor nerve in the mouse phrenic-diaphragm preparations. The compound action potential of(More)
Whereas the presynaptic action of Crotalus durissus terrificus venom is well-established, Bothrops venoms have historically been considered to have only postsynaptic and muscular effects. However, some studies have also suggested a presynaptic action for these venoms. In this work, we used chick biventer cervicis preparations to compare the presynaptic(More)
1. The effects of guanidine on the isolated mouse phrenic nerve diaphragm (MPND) and chick biventer cervicis (CBC) neuromuscular preparations were determined by myographic and electrophysiological methods. 2. Guanidine at concentrations of 5-10 mM induced an initial facilitation followed by neuromuscular blockade in both preparations. In the isolated MPND(More)
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