José Carlos Cogo

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In the isolated mouse diaphragm preparation, Micrurus nigrocinctus venom produced a dose-dependent contracture and blockade of the contractile response to direct and indirect electrical stimulation of the muscle. This effect could not be completely reversed by repeated washing of the preparation nor by the addition of neostigmine or 3, 4-diaminopyridine.(More)
Extracts from Dipteryx alata bark obtained with different solvents (hexane, dichloromethane, ethyl acetate and methanol) were mixed in vitro with Bothrops jararacussu (Bjssu, 40 μg/mL) and Crotalus durissus terrificus (Cdt, 15 μg/mL) snake venoms, and applied to a mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparation to evaluate the possible neutralization of venom(More)
This article reports the effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the edema formation and leukocyte influx caused by Bothrops jararacussu snake venom as an alternative treatment for Bothrops snakebites. The inflammatory reaction was induced by injection of 0.6 mg/kg of B. jararacussu venom, in gastrocnemius muscle. Cell influx and edema were evaluated at(More)
We characterized the nitric oxide (NO)-cyclic GMP-phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) pathway in Crotalus durissus terrificus aorta. Concentration responses curves to acetylcholine (ACh), sodium nitroprusside (SNP), BAY41-2272 (soluble guanylyl cyclase [sGC] stimulator), BAY60-2770 (sGC activator) and tadalafil (PDE5 inhibitor) were constructed in phenylephrine (10(More)
Recent studies suggest that the creatine supplementation can interfere with glucose uptake and lactate production during the physical activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the short-term (5 -1 for 1 week) and long-term (1 -1 for 8 weeks) creatine supplementation on the plasmatic concentrations of glucose and lactate of(More)
The effect of Philodryas olfersii Duvernoy's secretion was studied in vivo in mice and chicks as well as in the mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm and the chick biventer cervicis preparations. The whole secretion (20-40 micrograms/ml) increased the creatine kinase (CK) levels in mice but had no effect on the mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparation. In the(More)
In the present work we investigated the effects of Crotalus durissus terrificus venom (CdtV) on the pulmonary mechanic events [static and dynamic elastance, resistive (DeltaP1) and viscoelastic pressures (DeltaP2)] and histology after intramuscular injection of saline solution (control) or venom (0.6 microg/g). The static and dynamic elastance values were(More)
Snakebite is a neglected disease and serious health problem in Brazil, with most bites being caused by snakes of the genus Bothrops. Although serum therapy is the primary treatment for systemic envenomation, it is generally ineffective in neutralizing the local effects of these venoms. In this work, we examined the ability of(More)
Snakes of the opisthoglyphous genus Philodryas are widespread in South America and cause most bites by colubrids in this region. In this study, we examined the neurotoxic and myotoxic effects of venom from Philodryas patagoniensis in biventer cervicis and phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparations and we compared the biochemical activities of venoms from P.(More)
We confirmed the ability of the triterpenoid betulin to protect against neurotoxicity caused by Bothrops jararacussu snake venom in vitro in mouse isolated phrenic nerve-diaphragm (PND) preparations and examined its capability of in vivo protection using the rat external popliteal/sciatic nerve-tibialis anterior (EPSTA) preparation. Venom caused complete,(More)