Mariana Mendes-Braz

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Riboflavin has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the settings of experimental sepsis and ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We investigated the effect of riboflavin on normothermic liver I/R injury. Mice were submitted to 60 min of ischaemia plus saline or riboflavin treatment (30 μmoles/kg BW) followed by 6 h of(More)
The present review focuses on the numerous experimental models used to study the complexity of hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Although experimental models of hepatic I/R injury represent a compromise between the clinical reality and experimental simplification, the clinical transfer of experimental results is problematic because of anatomical(More)
Numerous steatotic livers are discarded for transplantation because of their poor tolerance to ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). We examined whether tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), a known inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, protects steatotic and nonsteatotic liver grafts preserved during 6 h in University of Wisconsin (UW) solution and(More)
Strategies to improve the viability of steatotic livers could reduce the risk of dysfunction after surgery and increase the number of organs suitable for transplantation. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are major regulators of lipid metabolism and inflammation. In this paper, we review the PPAR signaling pathways and present some of(More)
BACKGROUND Steatosis is a risk factor in partial hepatectomy (PH) under ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R), which is commonly applied in clinical practice to reduce bleeding. Nutritional support strategies, as well as the role of peripheral adipose tissue as energy source for liver regeneration, remain poorly investigated. AIMS To investigate whether the(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Numerous steatotic livers are discarded for transplantation because of their poor tolerance to ischemia-reperfusion. Controversial roles for adiponectin and related adipocytokines visfatin and resistin have been described in different liver pathologies, nevertheless it is unknown their possible implication in ischemia-reperfusion injury(More)
Steatotic livers show increased hepatic damage and impaired regeneration after partial hepatectomy (PH) under ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), which is commonly applied in clinical practice to reduce bleeding. The known function of retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) is to transport retinol in the circulation. We examined whether modulating RBP4 and/or retinol(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS This study examined whether the regulation of resistin and visfatin could reduce damage and improve regeneration in both steatotic and non-steatotic livers undergoing partial hepatectomy under ischemia-reperfusion, a procedure commonly applied in clinical practice to reduce bleeding. METHODS Resistin and visfatin were pharmacologically(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Most liver grafts undergoing transplantation derive from brain dead donors, which may also show hepatic steatosis, being both characteristic risk factors in liver transplantation. Ischemic preconditioning shows benefits when applied in non-brain dead clinical situations like hepatectomies, whereas it has been less promising in the(More)
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) has been described in different inflammatory disorders, and the deleterious effects of brain death (BD) may counteract the protection conferred by ischemic preconditioning (IP), the only surgical strategy that is being applied in clinical liver transplantation. Our study examined how HMGB1 may affect preconditioned and(More)