José Carlos F Alves-Filho

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Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory condition following bacterial infection with a high mortality rate and limited therapeutic options. Here we show that interleukin-33 (IL-33) reduces mortality in mice with experimental sepsis from cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). IL-33-treated mice developed increased neutrophil influx into the peritoneal cavity and more(More)
Patients with sepsis have a marked defect in neutrophil migration. Here we identify a key role of Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) in the regulation of neutrophil migration and resistance during polymicrobial sepsis. We found that the expression of the chemokine receptor CXCR2 was dramatically down-regulated in circulating neutrophils from WT mice with severe(More)
In this study, we tested the potential use of a lectin from Lonchocarpus sericeus seeds (LSL), to control neutrophil migration and inflammatory hypernociception (decrease of nociceptive threshold). Pretreatment of the animals intravenously (15 min before) with LSL inhibited neutrophil migration to the peritoneal cavity in a dose-dependent fashion confirmed(More)
In this study, we have addressed the role of H(2)S in modulating neutrophil migration in either innate (LPS-challenged naive mice) or adaptive (methylated BSA (mBSA)-challenged immunized mice) immune responses. Treatment of mice with H(2)S synthesis inhibitors, dl-propargylglycine (PAG) or beta-cyanoalanine, reduced neutrophil migration induced by LPS or(More)
Interleukin (IL)-33, a member of the IL-1 cytokine family, is an important modulator of the immune system associated with several immune-mediated disorders. High levels of IL-33 are expressed by the central nervous system (CNS) suggesting a potential role of IL-33 in autoimmune CNS diseases. We have investigated the expression and function of IL-33 in the(More)
Sepsis is still a major cause of mortality in the intensive critical care unit and results from an overwhelming immune response to the infection. TNF signaling pathway plays a central role in the activation of innate immunity in response to pathogens. Using a model of polymicrobial sepsis by i.p. injection of cecal microflora, we demonstrate a critical role(More)
OBJECTIVE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of acute pulmonary embolism (APE)-induced pulmonary hypertension. Here, we evaluate the effects of atorvastatin pretreatment on APE-induced pulmonary hypertension, 24-hr mortality rate, and changes in plasma and lung MMP-2 and MMP-9 activities. DESIGN Controlled animal(More)
OBJECTIVES Interleukin 33 (IL-33) is a new member of the IL-1 family of cytokines which signals via its receptor, ST2 (IL-33R), and has an important role in Th2 and mast cell responses. This study shows that IL-33 orchestrates neutrophil migration in arthritis. METHODS AND RESULTS Methylated bovine serum albumin (mBSA) challenge in the knee joint of(More)
Ligands for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma), such as 15-deoxy-Delta12,14-prostaglandin J2 (15d-PGJ2) have been implicated as a new class of anti-inflammatory compounds with possible clinical applications. Based on this concept, this investigation was designed to determine the effect of 15d-PGJ2-mediated activation of PPAR-gamma(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of regulatory T cells in the modulation of long-term immune dysfunction during experimental sepsis. It is well established that sepsis predisposes to development of a pronounced immunosuppression. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying the immune dysfunction after sepsis are still not well understood. DESIGN Prospective(More)