Leonardo Campos Monção-Ribeiro

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BACKGROUND Drug resistance, a process mediated by multiple mechanisms, is a critical determinant for treating lung cancer. The aim of this study is to determine if oleanolic acid (OA), a pentacyclic triterpene present in several plants, is able to circumvent the mechanisms of drug resistance present in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines and to(More)
RATIONALE P2X7 receptors have been involved in inflammatory and immunological responses, and their activation modulates pro-inflammatory cytokines production by LPS-challenged macrophages. OBJECTIVES To determine the role of P2X7R in LPS-induced acute lung injury in mice. METHODS Wild-type (C57BL/6) and P2X7 knockout mice received intratracheal(More)
For decades, scientists have described numerous protein pathways and functions. Much of a protein’s function depends on its interactions with different partners, and those partners can change depending on the cell type or system. The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is one such multifunctional protein that is related to multiple partners and signaling pathways. The(More)
We hypothesized that infusion of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMCs) in the late stages of silica-induced damage would reduce the remodelling process in a murine model of silicosis. C57BL/6 mice were assigned to 2 groups. In the SIL group, mice were instilled with a silica particle suspension intratracheally. Control (C) mice received saline under the(More)
Silicosis is an occupational lung disease, characterized by irreversible and progressive fibrosis. Silica exposure leads to intense lung inflammation, reactive oxygen production, and extracellular ATP (eATP) release by macrophages. The P2X7 purinergic receptor is thought to be an important immunomodulator that responds to eATP in sites of inflammation and(More)
BACKGROUND An inflammatory component consisting of cells and chemical mediators may influence the proliferation and dissemination of the oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). In the present study, we evaluated the possible relationship between Ki-67, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), and COX-2 in OSCCs. In addition, the immunodetection of these proteins(More)
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