João Alfredo de Moraes

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In many gut chronic inflammatory conditions, intestinal epithelium (IE) is deprived of the protection of the mucus secreted by IE-specialized cells. In these events, bleeding and subsequent lysis of erythrocytes are common. This may lead to the release of high amounts of heme in the intestinal lumen, which interacts with IE. Previous works from our group(More)
Studies have demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by NADPH oxidase are essential for melanoma proliferation and survival. However, the mechanisms by which NADPH oxidase regulates these effects are still unclear. In this work, we investigate the role of NADPH oxidase-derived ROS in the signaling events that coordinate melanoma cell(More)
The effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are modulated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and also involve integrin engagement. However, the potential link between alpha1beta1 integrin signaling with NOX system and their combined contribution to Ang II effects on VSMC have not been investigated. We aimed to elucidate the(More)
Patients with sickle cell disease suffer from painful crises associated with disseminated vaso-occlusions, increased circulating erythrocyte microparticles (MPs), and thrombospondin-1 (TSP1). MPs are submicron membrane vesicles shed by compromised or activated cells. We hypothesized that TSP1 mediates MP shedding and participates in vaso-occlusions. We(More)
ExoU is a potent proinflammatory toxin produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a major agent of severe lung infection and sepsis. Because inflammation is usually associated with oxidative stress, we investigated the effect of ExoU on free radical production and antioxidant defense mechanisms during the course of P. aeruginosa infection. In an experimental model(More)
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