Maria Cristina Breno

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Cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRiSPs) are widespread in reptile venoms, but most have functions that remain unknown. In the present study we describe the purification and characterization of a CRiSP (patagonin) from the venom of the rear-fanged snake Philodryas patagoniensis, and demonstrate its biological activity. Patagonin is a single-chain protein,(More)
The distribution of corticotropin-releasing hormone in the brain of the snake Bothrops jararaca was studied immunohistochemically. Immunoreactive neurons were detected in telencephalic, diencephalic and mesencephalic areas such as dorsal cortex, subfornical organ, paraventricular nucleus, recessus infundibular nucleus, nucleus of the oculomotor nerve and(More)
Endothelins (ETs) and sarafotoxins (SRTXs) are active isopeptides that have very similar structures and functions. All isoforms interact with two specific G-protein-coupled receptors, ET(A) and ET(B). To characterize functional vascular ET receptors in the poisonous snake, Bothrops jararaca, cumulative concentration-response curves to ETs and SRTXs were(More)
Crotaline snakes present delayed fertilization and sperm storage because secondary vitellogenesis is not completed by the time of mating. The release of vitellogenesis and synchrony between ovulation and fertilization suggest a steroidal modulation. We investigated changes of sexual steroid levels during reproduction in the Neotropical rattlesnake Crotalus(More)
Crotaline snakes store sperm by means of a uterine musculature twisting (UMT). We investigated the influence of plasma levels of estradiol and progesterone and vasotocinase cystine aminopeptidase (CAP) activity on UMT formation and maintenance, and the in vitro uterine reactivity for AVT in Crotalus durissus terrificus in primary or secondary vitellogenesis(More)
We used four complementary techniques to investigate the presence of oxytocin peptide in the hypophysis and brain of the snake Bothrops jararaca. A high-pressure liquid chromatographic analysis failed to show oxytocin in extracts of hypophysial and brain tissues but provided estimative values of the amounts of vasotocin (12 ng/mg hypophysis and 0.5 ng/mg(More)
Polyclonal antibodies against vasotocin (AVT) and mesotocin (MST) were used to explore the distribution of these peptides in the brain of the snake Bothrops jararaca. Magnocellular AVT- and MST-immunoreactive (ir) perikarya were observed in the supraoptic nucleus (SON), being AVT-ir neurons more numerous. A portion of the SON, in the lateroventral margin of(More)
Angiotensin II interacts with specific cell surface angiotensin AT1 and AT2 receptors and, in some vertebrates, with an atypical angiotensin AT receptor. This study was designed to characterize the angiotensin receptor in the heart of Bothrops jararaca snake. A specific and saturable angiotensin II binding site was detected in cardiac membranes and yielded(More)
1. Carotid blood pressure from anesthetized B. jararaca snakes was recorded in order to study angiotensin action in this reptile. 2. Whereas [Asn1,Val5] AII and AIII were less potent than [Asp1,Ile5] AII and [Asp1,Val5] AII, [Sar1,Ile5] AII was slightly more potent. 3. Captopril abolished the responses to AI (0.01-3 micrograms/kg). 4. [Sar1,Ala8] AII was(More)
The distribution of perikarya and fibers containing somatostatin was studied in the brain of the snake Bothrops jararaca by means of immunohistochemistry using an antiserum against synthetic somatostatin. Immunoreactive perikarya and fibers were localized in telencephalic, diencephalic and mesencephalic areas. In the telencephalon, numerous immunoreactive(More)