Luiz AR de Freitas

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Vaccination with live Leishmania major has been shown to yield effective immunization in humans; however, this has been discontinued because of problems associated with virulence of the available vaccine lines. To circumvent this, we tested the ability of a dhfr-ts- null mutant of L. major, obtained by gene targeting, to infect and then to vaccinate mice(More)
Leishmania amazonensis causes a wide spectrum of disease in humans. In this study, we evaluated BALB/c mice infected with five strains of L. amazonensis isolated from patients with either cutaneous, mucosal, or visceral leishmaniasis. Mice infected with cutaneous and mucosal isolates developed ulcerating footpad lesions with parasite-loaded macrophages and(More)
  • F A Santos, R M Silva, +5 authors V L De Souza
  • The Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology
  • 2001
The effects of 1,8-cineole on D-galactosamine/lipopolysaccharide (GalN/LPS)-induced shock model of liver injury was investigated in mice. The co-administration of GalN (700 mg kg(-1), i.p.) and LPS (5 microg kg(-1), i.p.) greatly elevated serum concentrations of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), alanine aminotransferase and aspartate(More)
Highly susceptible BALB/c mice became partially resistant to Leishmania mexicana amazonensis infection after intravenous immunization with solubilized homologous promastigote antigen. Immunized BALB/c mice exhibited mixed mononuclear cell reactions, with granulomatous inflammation, collagen deposition, and fibrinoid necrosis at the site of infection. In(More)
This paper reports the overall effects of three lectins, extracted from Canavalia brasiliensis, Dioclea violacea, and D. grandiflora, on BALB/c mice popliteal draining lymph nodes. These lectins have presented high stimulatory capacity on lymph node T cells. Additionally, they were able to induce apoptosis and inflammation (frequently associated with high(More)
Prostaglandins of the E series inhibit the development of Th1 responses. When infected with Leishmania major, BALB/c mice fail to develop a Th1 response, but instead mount a Th2 response and die of the disease. Therefore, we treated L. major-infected BALB/c mice with indomethacin, which inhibits prostaglandin production. Indomethacin lessened disease(More)
Surgical bile flow restoration in extrahepatic biliary atresia (EHBA) does not prevent the development of ongoing hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. Portal connective matrix was studied on liver biopsies obtained from seven children submitted to portoenterostomy. Electron microscopy and immunohistochemical techniques (using specific antibodies directed against(More)
A sequential histologic, ultrastructural and immuno pathologic study was carried out in the Selye's inflammatory pouch model to observe extracellular matrix and cellular changes during granulation tissue formation. Besides changes involving different components of the connective tissue, it was observed that collagen resorption occurred under a biphasic(More)
BACKGROUND In this paper we study the distribution of leukocyte populations and of cytokine-producing cells in the spleen of a patient with visceral leishmaniasis resistant to clinical treatment. It is the first attempt to compare the distribution of leukocyte populations and cytokine-producing cells in the splenic compartments of a patient with visceral(More)