Lucinéia Vizzotto

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During organ differentiation, cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions are required. The components of the ECM, such as glycosaminoglycans, fibronectin, laminin, and collagens, change in relation to cytokine and enzyme activity. Moreover, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are components of the ECM that play an important role in both cytokine regulation and cell(More)
Polyamines (PA) and retinoic acid affect mammalian cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis. Retinoic acid induces granulocytic differentiation of mieloid cell lines and, during this process, is responsible for the expression of CD11b, a surface antigen. In this study we investigate the effects of retinoic acid on HL-60 cells, monitoring ornithine(More)
A new stereological approach to the study of liver regeneration in the rat is described. The method employs a morphometric model consisting of number and size, as well as surface and volume fractions of hepatocytes, their nuclei, cytoplasm, and their relation to the sinusoidal bed. With this technique, it was found that 8 hr after partial hepatectomy, the(More)
BACKGROUND It has been demonstrated that cyclosporin A (CyA) blocks the immune system, acts on cytoskeleton and stimulates the production of extracellular matrix (ECM) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1). This cytokine, such as transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha), induces deposition of glycosaminoglycans (GAG), proteoglycans and(More)
Interneurons presynaptic to motoneurons were labeled by retrograde transneuronal transport of WGA-HRP. The tracer was injected either into the quadriceps muscles or into the posterior biceps muscles, thus labeling interneurons presynaptic to the quadriceps motoneurons (QINs) or interneurons presynaptic to posterior biceps motoneurons (PBINs). Statistical(More)
Oilseeds with modified fatty acid profiles have been the genetic alternative for high quality vegetable oil for food and biodiesel applications. They can provide stable, functional oils for the food industry, without the hydrogenation process that produces trans-fatty acid, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease. High yield and high quality(More)
The effect of testosterone on the morphology and biochemistry of adult castrated rat liver is described. Castration decreases mean weight and volume of hepatocytes, volume and surface area of sinusoidal lumen, and apparently increases cell number per g of tissue. These variations indicate cell distress. Testosterone administration restored sinusoidal volume(More)
Circadian rhythmicity of the structural morphometric model of thyroid has been studied in 36 Wistar rats kept in LD 12:12. The parameters evaluated are: a. the volume fraction occupied by: 1. follicle epithelium, 2. colloid, 3. interstitium at 6 time points in 24h; b. the follicle size distribution; c. the number of follicles per unit tissue volume. The(More)
In this relation the authors present preliminary morpho-quantitative data on the fibres of sciatic nerves of normal albino rats, compared with those of animals treated endoperitoneally with 20 and 40 mg of atrazine. This compound (2 chloro - 4 ethylamino - 6 isopropyl amino-S-triazine) is largely used in agriculture, and recently was suspected to be(More)
Ischaemia and reperfusion phases represent critical events during liver transplantation. The purpose of this study was to describe morphological alterations of both vascular and parenchymal compartments after ischaemia and reperfusion and to evaluate the possible relationship between morphometric parameters and biochemical/clinical data. Three needle(More)