Karen C. M. Moraes

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The mRNAs that encode certain cytokines and proto-oncogenes frequently contain a typical AU-rich motif that is located in their 3'-untranslated region. The protein AUF1 is the first factor identified that binds to AU-rich regions and mediates the fast degradation of the target mRNAs. AUF1 exists as four different isoforms (p37, p40, p42 and p45) that are(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) by using the new photosensitizer Octal-Bromide Zinc Phthalocyanine (ZnPcBr(8)) on the nucleus, mitochondria, and cytoskeleton of HEp-2 cells. BACKGROUND DATA PDT has been widely used as a therapeutic method for tumor-selective treatment and for other diseases. The therapy requires(More)
Accumulating evidence demonstrates that chronic inflammation plays an important role in heart hypertrophy and cardiac diseases. However, the fine-tuning of cellular and molecular mechanisms that connect inflammatory process and cardiac diseases is still under investigation. Many reports have demonstrated that the overexpression of the cyclooxygenase-2(More)
Production of mature mRNAs that encode functional proteins involves highly complex pathways of synthesis, processing and surveillance. At numerous steps during the maturation process, the mRNA transcript undergoes scrutiny by cellular quality control machinery. This extensive RNA surveillance ensures that only correctly processed mature mRNAs are translated(More)
The activated renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system modulates several metabolic pathways that contribute to left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure. In this metabolic system, angiotensin II modulates heart morphophysiological changes triggered by a series of inflammatory and pro-inflammatory responses; however, the fine tuning associated with the(More)
Chagas disease, caused by the intracellular protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is a serious health problem in Latin America. During this parasitic infection, the heart is one of the major organs affected. The pathogenesis of tissue remodelling, particularly regarding cardiomyocyte behaviour after parasite infection and the molecular mechanisms that occur(More)
Photodynamic therapy is an attractive therapeutic procedure for a variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders that involve a tumor localizing photosensitizer that induces cytotoxicity when activated by a particular wavelength of light. Considering the acceptability of the phthalocyanine photosensitizers, we began to address initial cellular and(More)
Lung cancer is one of the most frequent types of cancer in humans and a leading cause of death worldwide. The high mortality rates are correlated with late diagnosis, which leads to high rates of metastasis found in patients. Thus, despite all the improvement in therapeutic approaches, the development of new drugs that control cancer cell migration and(More)
Liver fibrosis is a pathophysiological process correlated with intense repair and cicatrization mechanisms in injured liver, and over the past few years, the characterization of the fine-tuning of molecular interconnections that support the development of liver fibrosis has been investigated. In this cellular process, the hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)(More)