Maurício Silva Caetano

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PCA3 is a non-coding RNA (ncRNA) that is highly expressed in prostate cancer (PCa) cells, but its functional role is unknown. To investigate its putative function in PCa biology, we used gene expression knockdown by small interference RNA, and also analyzed its involvement in androgen receptor (AR) signaling. LNCaP and PC3 cells were used as in vitro models(More)
Lung cancer development is associated with extensive pulmonary inflammation. In addition, the linkage between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer has been demonstrated in population-based studies. IL-17-producing CD4 helper T cells (Th17 cells) play a critical role in promoting chronic tissue inflammation. Although Th17 cells are(More)
Upon antigen stimulation, lymphocytes enter in cell cycle and proliferate, and most of the activated T cells die by apoptosis. Many of the proteins that regulate lymphocyte activation are Under the control of transcription factors belonging to the NFAT family. As previously demonstrated, NFATC2-/- mice consistently showed a marked increase in lymphocyte(More)
The development of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis (BLEO-PF) has been associated with differences in genetic background and oxidative stress status. The authors' aim was to investigate the crosstalk between the redox profile, lung histology, and respiratory function in BLEO-PF in C57BL/6, DBA/2, and BALB/c mice. BLEO-PF was induced with a single(More)
In the adult central nervous system (CNS), prominent reactive astrocytosis is seen in acute traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases and a variety of viral infections. Reactive astrocytes synthesize a number of factors that could play different roles in neuronal regeneration. In this study, the effects of thermal stress were evaluated on nuclear(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the involvement of oxidative stress in acute lung injury (ALI) induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and its effects upon cell structure, function and inflammation. In total, 108 male C57BL/6 mice were divided into seven groups: CTR Group (50 µL of saline) administered intratracheally (i.t.), LPS 6 h (10 µg of(More)
The transcriptional regulator STAT3 curbs pro-inflammatory cytokine production mediated by NF-κB signalling in innate immune cells, yet the mechanism by which this occurs has been unclear. Here we identify STAT3 as a pivotal negative regulator of Ubc13, an E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme that facilitates TRAF6 K63-linked ubiquitination and NF-κB activation.(More)
Activating mutations of K-ras are the most common oncogenic alterations found in lung cancer. Unfortunately, attempts to target K-ras-mutant lung tumors have thus far failed, clearly indicating the need for new approaches in patients with this molecular profile. We have previously shown NF-κB activation, release of IL6, and activation of its responsive(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical studies have shown antineoplastic effectiveness of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against EGFR for different indications. Several MAbs directed to EGFR were developed recently, such as matuzumab, but there is still lack of information on preclinical data on its combination with chemo-radiation. Thus, the present study intended to examine(More)
Tumor cells produce various cytokines and chemokines that attract leukocytes. Leukocytes can amplify parenchymal innate immune responses, and have been shown to contribute to tumor promotion. Neutrophils are among the first cells to arrive at sites of inflammation, and the increased number of tumor-associated neutrophils is linked to poorer outcome in(More)