José Antônio Picanço Diniz

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The parasitic form of Fonsecaea pedrosoi from the hyperkeratotic layer of the skin was obtained from four patients with chromoblastomycosis. Primary cultures containing hyphae and conidia were successfully converted into sclerotic cells in the presence of 800 microM propranolol and low pH as described before. The morphology of sclerotic cells of F. pedrosoi(More)
Because an enriched environment (EE) enhances T-cell activity and T-lymphocytes contribute to immunopathogenesis during heterologous dengue virus (DENV) infections, we hypothesised that an EE increases dengue severity. To compare single serotype (SS) and antibody-enhanced disease (AED) infections regimens, serial intraperitoneal were performed with DENV3(More)
An enriched environment has previously been described as enhancing natural killer cell activity of recognizing and killing virally infected cells. However, the effects of environmental enrichment on behavioral changes in relation to virus clearance and the neuropathology of encephalitis have not been studied in detail. We tested the hypothesis that(More)
Fonsecaea pedrosoi is the main agent of chromoblastomycosis, a skin disease presenting verrucous lesions, in which round, thick-walled sclerotic cells are found. In vitro induction of sclerotic cells is time-consuming (20 to 45 days) and temperature dependent. We present two new natural media that reduce the sclerotic-cell induction time to only 2 days.
We report the isolation of Fonsecaea pedrosoi from thorns of the plant Mimosa pudica L. at the place of infection identified by one of our patients. Clinical diagnosis of chromoblastomycosis was established by direct microscopic examination and cultures from the patient's lesion. The same species was isolated from the patient and from the plant. Scanning(More)
Chromoblastomycosis (CBM) is a difficult-to-treat dermal mycosis characterized by the presence of round, pigmented, sclerotic bodies formed by black fungi found in polymorphic lesions. According to the morphology of a lesion, different clinical types of the disease have been described. We present three patients who each developed a single, 10-cm diameter, 8(More)
Most of the studies on the fine structure of protozoa of the Apicomplexa group have been carried out with members of the Toxoplasma, Eimeria, and Plasmodium genera. In the present study we analyzed the fine structure of Garnia gonadoti parasitizing the red blood cells of the Amazonian reptile Gonatodes humeralis (Reptilia: Lacertilia). Transmission electron(More)
Primary cultures of embryonic murine neurons and newborn mouse astrocytes were inoculated with West Nile virus (WNV) strain NY385-99 to compare the pathogenesis of WNV infection in these types of CNS cells. Two different outcomes were observed. WNV infection in the neurons was rapidly progressive and destructive; within 5 days, all of the neurons were(More)
This communication describes the fine structure of trophozoites of the haemogregarine Cyrilia lignieresi (Laveran, 1906) found in erythrocytes of the fresh-water fish Synbranchus marmoratus from Belém, Pará, North Brazil. The parasite possesses the usual structures, such as conoid, rhoptries and micronemes, seen in members of the phylum Apicomplexa. Three(More)
Itacaiunas and Curionopolis viruses were isolated from Culicoides midges in Parauapebas municipality, Pará state, Brazil, in 1984 and 1985, respectively. Itacaiunas virus infected newborn mice and mosquito cells (C6/36), but did not replicate in some mammalian cell lineages; while Curionopolis virus infected only mice. Neither virus showed a serological(More)