Júlio C. S. Aliberti

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The seven-transmembrane receptor CX(3)CR1 is a specific receptor for the novel CX(3)C chemokine fractalkine (FKN) (neurotactin). In vitro data suggest that membrane anchoring of FKN, and the existence of a shed, soluble FKN isoform allow for both adhesive and chemoattractive properties. Expression on activated endothelium and neurons defines FKN as a(More)
Interferon (IFN) consensus sequence-binding protein (ICSBP) is an important transcription factor regulating proinflammatory cytokine production and the development of mononuclear phagocytes in vitro. Here we analyzed the role of ICSBP in the in vivo differentiation of 3 major subsets of murine dendritic cells (DCs). We found that ICSBP is predominantly(More)
The essential fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) present in fish oils displays beneficial effects in a range of human disorders associated with inflammation including cardiovascular disease. Resolvin E1 (RvE1), a new bioactive oxygenated product of EPA, was identified in human plasma and prepared by total organic synthesis. Results of bioaction and(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of myocarditis that occurs in Trypanosoma cruzi-infected mice is still poorly understood. Therefore, it is important to know the mediators that trigger leukocyte migration to the heart as well as the cellular source of these possible mediators. In this study, we investigated (1) NO synthase (NOS) induction, (2) NO synthesis, (3)(More)
The activation of dendritic cells (DC) to produce interleukin 12 (IL-12) is thought to be a key step in the initiation of cell-mediated immunity to intracellular pathogens. Here we show that ligation of the C-C chemokine receptor (CCR) 5 can provide a major signal for the induction of IL-12 synthesis by the CD8 alpha+ subset of DC and that this pathway is(More)
Control of inflammation is crucial to prevent damage to the host during infection. Lipoxins and aspirin-triggered lipoxins are crucial modulators of proinflammatory responses; however, their intracellular mechanisms have not been completely elucidated. We previously showed that lipoxin A4 (LXA4) controls migration of dendritic cells (DCs) and production of(More)
A powerful IFN-gamma response is triggered upon infection with the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Several cell populations, including dendritic cells (DCs), macrophages, and neutrophils, produce IL-12, a key cytokine for IFN-gamma induction. However, it is still unclear which of the above cell populations is its main source. Diphtheria toxin (DT)(More)
In the present study, we describe the ability of Trypanosoma cruzi trypomastigotes to stimulate the synthesis of beta-chemokines by macrophages. In vivo infection with T. cruzi led to MIP-1alpha, RANTES, and JE/MCP1 mRNA expression by cells from peritoneal inflammatory exudate. In addition, in vitro infection with T. cruzi resulted in expression of(More)
Differentiation of naive CD4(+) T cells into IFN-gamma-producing T helper 1 (T(H)1) cells is pivotal for protective immune responses against intracellular pathogens. T-bet, a recently discovered member of the T-box transcription factor family, has been reported to play a critical role in this process, promoting IFN-gamma production. Although terminal T(H)1(More)
Host resistance to the intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii is highly dependent on early IL-12 production by APC. We demonstrate here that both host resistance and T. gondii-induced IL-12 production are dramatically reduced in mice lacking the adaptor molecule MyD88, an important signaling element used by Toll-like receptor (TLR) family members.(More)