Luis Alexandre Rodrigues

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The mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) has been largely used to study neurodegenerative disorders in which bioenergetic defects are implicated. In the present study, we analyzed the molecular pathways involved in FK506 neuroprotection against cell death induced by 3-NP, using cultured cortical neurons. 3-NP induced cytochrome c release and(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is an important mediator of long-term synaptic potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampus. The local effects of BDNF depend on the activation of translation activity, which requires the delivery of transcripts to the synapse. In this work, we found that neuronal activity regulates the dendritic localization of the(More)
1. The relaxing responses of the atropine-treated isolated rat duodenum to 12 microM nicotine (N) and transmural electrical stimulation (S) have been compared. 2. The effects of both N and S were unaffected by 3-30 microM guanethidine or previous reserpinization (1 mg/kg, i.p. during 5 days). 3. The effects of N and S were completely blocked by 0.5-2.0 mM(More)
Fibrinolysis is a basic defense mechanism of the organism designed to control the deposition of fibrin in the vascular system and elsewhere. Fibrinolytic activity was measured by the fibrin plate method for three groups of rats (N = 6) that were maintained at room temperature, 20-25 degrees C, 3 degrees C or 38 degrees C for 4 h before testing. Based on(More)
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