Lúcia Garcez do Carmo

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The mechanisms that regulate programmed cell death, such as apoptosis, and the cellular "self-eating" phenomenon of autophagy, share many regulatory systems and common pathways. These mechanisms have been extensively investigated over the last few years. Some intracellular structures may determine and control the autophagic fate of the cell such as the(More)
Nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP) is a potent Ca(2+)-mobilizing messenger that in many cells releases Ca(2+) from the endolysosomal system. Recent studies have shown that NAADP-induced Ca(2+) mobilization is mediated by the two-pore channels (TPCs). Whether NAADP acts as a messenger in astrocytes is unclear, and downstream functional(More)
Radioligand binding assays were performed with the selective antagonist of dihydropyridine-sensitive Ca2+ channels [3H]PN200-110 (isradipine) in rat vas deferens, before and 7 days after denervation, and data were compared with those obtained for K(+)-induced contractions, which are Ca(2+)-dependent. The density (Bmax) of dihydropyridine binding sites was(More)
The effect of nantenine, an aporphine alkaloid isolated from Ocotea macrophylla H.B.K., was studied on contractions and Ca(2+) translocation induced by noradrenaline, Ca(2+), or K(+) in the isolated rat vas deferens from reserpinized animals. Concentration-response curves of calcium chloride (CaCl(2)) were performed in the vas deferens, in a Ca(2+)-free(More)
The p53 protein, a transcription factor with many gene targets, can also trigger apoptosis in the cytoplasm. The disruption of cell homeostasis, such as Ca(2+) signaling and mitochondrial respiration, contributes to the loss of viability and ultimately leads to cell death. However, the link between Ca(2+) signaling and p53 signaling remains unclear. During(More)
Nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP) has been identified as an important modulator of Ca(2+) release from the endo-lysosomal system in a variety of cells by a new and ubiquitous class of endo-lysosomal ion channels known as the two-pore channels (TPCs). However, the role of TPCs in NAADP action in smooth muscle is not known. In the present(More)
The contractile effect of serotonin was studied in rat vas deferens, in comparison with that of noradrenaline and tyramine, after reserpine treatment, surgical denervation, and transplantation to the colon. In reserpinized animals the effect of 5HT resembled that of tyramine, since it was strikingly reduced, in spite of a small residual effect, showing that(More)
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