Marie-Céleste de Jésus Ferreira

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Prenatal infection is a major stressful experience leading to enhanced susceptibility for mental illnesses in humans. We recently reported in rats, that oxidative stress and glutathione (GSH) shortage occurred in fetal male brain after lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to the dams and that these responses might be involved in the neurodevelopmental deficits observed(More)
Low frequency-induced short-term synaptic plasticity was investigated in hippocampal slices with 60-electrode recording array. Remarkably, the application of low-frequency stimulation (1 Hz) for a short duration (3-5 min) resulted in the induction of a slow-onset long-term potentiation (LTP) in the immediate vicinity of the stimulated electrode. This(More)
BACKGROUND Maternal infection during pregnancy is a recognized risk factor for the occurrence of a broad spectrum of psychiatric and neurologic disorders, including schizophrenia, autism, and cerebral palsy. Prenatal exposure of rats to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) leads to impaired learning and psychotic-like behavior in mature offspring, together with an(More)
Maternal inflammation during pregnancy is associated with the later development of cognitive and behavioral impairment in the offspring, reminiscent of the traits of schizophrenia or autism spectrum disorders. Hippocampal long-term potentiation and long-term depression of glutamatergic synapses are respectively involved in memory formation and(More)
Extracellular glutamate is kept below a toxic level by glial and neuronal glutamate transporters. Here we show that the transportable glutamate uptake inhibitor L-trans-pyrrolidine-2,4-dicarboxylate (t-PDC) induced cell death in mature, but not in immature, hippocampal neuron-enriched cultures. The cell death produced by a 24-hr treatment with t-PDC was(More)
α-Tocopherol (α-TOH), a dietary component of vitamin E, is well known for its antioxidant capacity. Nevertheless, recent studies have pointed out non-anti-radical properties including cellular and genomic actions. Decreased levels of α-tocopherol in the brain are associated with neuronal dysfunctions ranging from mood disorders to neurodegeneration. All(More)
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