João Martins e Silva

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NO is present in the blood at 10(-7) M under physiological conditions, but at concentrations higher than 10(-6) M during inflammatory disease states. The aim of this study was to characterize what are the effects of these different NO concentrations on erythrocyte structural and functional properties. Blood was collected from eleven healthy men and(More)
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY To determine the effects of choline on red blood cell membrane properties and NO metabolism. MATERIAL AND METHODS Aliquots of venous blood from eleven healthy subjects were incubated in vitro with choline concentrations 10(-10) to 10(-3) M. The following parameters were determined: erythrocyte deformability, aggregation and membrane(More)
Epidemiologic studies and clinical trials have shown that diet and, in particular, the consumption of fats, influence the body's metabolism and can affect the development of atherosclerosis and resulting cardiovascular repercussions. A Western-type diet (high in saturated fats, simple sugars and salt, and low in fish, vegetables and fiber) has been(More)
In the second and last part of this article, the contributions of two more brilliant figures are described in two sections, A and B, respectively Marcello Malpighi and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Through the originality of their work, both confirmed the pioneer William Harvey's observations and went on to add important details. Malpighi applied the optical(More)
Sodium fluorescein angiography is a widely used routine ophthalmological diagnostic procedure which enables the study of chorioretinal microcirculation and consists of the injection of sodium fluorescein into the systemic bloodstream. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether or not fluorescein interferes with erythrocyte properties during the(More)
Haemostatic, hemorheologic and inflammatory disturbances have been associated with acute coronary syndromes. Most knowledge is reported in cross sectional studies and are without time dependent evolution of these profiles. The aim of this study was to evaluate, during the first year, the evolution of the haemostatic, hemorheologic and inflammatory profiles(More)
Normal endothelium constitutes a physical and biological barrier between the blood and the vascular wall, and also acts as a sensor and transducer of various endogenous and exogenous factors that modulate the blood circulation. Endothelial activity in a given individual at any particular moment reflects the balance between cardiovascular risk factors,(More)
Previous studies have documented structural and functional changes induced by ethanol-erythrocyte membrane interaction. In order to perform an in vitro study on the effect of different ethanol concentrations on erythrocyte hemorheologic properties, blood samples were collected from 21 male donors at the Hospital of Santa Maria. Whole blood aliquots were(More)
The possibility that erythrocytes may function as a reservoir for noradrenaline and adrenaline and as a modulator of circulating catecholamine concentrations had been suggested. The aim of this work was to study the adrenaline effect on erythrocyte membrane fluidity, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) enzyme activity, P(50) and erythrocyte deformability and also(More)