Janaína Serra Azul Monteiro Evangelista

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Crotalus durissus cascavella is a snake that is usually found in the scrublands of northeast Brazil. The components of its venom may have effects on the vascular and renal systems. Recently, a new bradykinin inhibitory peptide has been identified in the venom of the Crotalinae family. The aim of the present study was to investigate the renal and vascular(More)
Bothrops marajoensis is found in the savannah of Marajó Island in the State of Pará and regions of Amapá State, Brazil. The aim of the work was to study the renal and cardiovascular effects of the B. marajoensis venom and phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)). The venom was fractionated by Protein Pack 5PW. N-terminal amino acid sequencing of sPLA(2) showed amino(More)
Sea anemones contain a variety of biologically active substances. Bunodosoma caissarum is a sea anemone from the Cnidaria phylum, found only in Brazilian coastal waters. The aim of the present work was to study the biological effects of PLA(2) isolated from the sea anemone B. caissarum on the isolated perfused kidney, the arteriolar mesenteric bed and on(More)
Lectins are glycoproteins that interact reversibly and specifically with carbohydrates. The renal effects of the galactose-binding lectin from the seeds of Vatairea macrocarpa were investigated. Isolated kidneys from Wistar rats (240-280 g) were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution containing 6% bovine serum albumin. The V. macrocarpa lectin (10 microg(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of the hemoxigenase-1 (HO-1) pathway in the anti-inflammatory action of a sulfated polysaccharide from the red seaweed Gracilaria birdiae (SP-Gb). SP-Gb (5, 10 and 20 mg/kg) was administered to Wistar rats in a peritonitis model using carrageenan or a paw edema model using carrageenan or dextran. To(More)
BACKGROUND Sulfated polysaccharides from red marine algae have presented a variety of potentially therapeutic biological effects, however, their antinocicpetive and anti-inflammatory properties are not well understood. METHODS Male Swiss mice were pretreated with a sulfated polysaccharidic fraction obtained from the marine alga Acanthophora muscoides(More)
Bothrops jararacussu myotoxin I (BthTx-I; Lys 49) and II (BthTX-II; Asp 49) were purified by ion-exchange chromatography and reverse phase HPLC. In this work we used the isolated perfused rat kidney method to evaluate the renal effects of B. jararacussu myotoxins I (Lys49 PLA2) and II (Asp49 PLA2) and their possible blockage by indomethacin. BthTX-I (5(More)
The venom of Bothrops insularis snake, known in Brazil as jararaca ilhoa, contains a variety of proteolytic enzymes such as a thrombin-like substance that is responsible for various pharmacological effects. B. insularis venom chromatography profile showed an elution of seven main fractions. The thrombin-like activity was detected in fractions I and III, the(More)
The in vivo and in vitro pharmacological effects of leptoxin, one of the most lethal protein toxins known at present date (LD(50) 0.5+/-0.03 microg/kg i.v., mice) isolated from Leptodactylus pentadactylus skin secretion, were studied. In rats, leptoxin (1.0 microg/kg, i.v.) induced cardiorespiratory collapse with abundant tracheal secretion followed by(More)
BACKGROUND Animal venoms are complex mixtures of proteins and non proteins components with several biological activities. Snake venoms represent an essentially unexplored source of bioactive compounds that may cure disease conditions which do not respond to currently available therapies. These venoms possess many pharmacological activities, as cytotoxic(More)