Miriam C.C. Melo

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This study compared the ability of CRF and UCN1 to induce a thermoregulatory response when centrally injected into rats. The effects of antipyretic drugs and CRF receptor antagonists (CRF₁ and CRF₂) on the temperature (T) changes induced by these peptides were also investigated. Rectal (rT) and tail skin (T(sk)) temperatures were measured with a thermistor(More)
Due to the absence of safety of the antipyretics to patients with cardiovascular dysfunction, new targets to treat inflammation have been pursued. mPGES-1 is a promising target because its inhibition would not cause the side-effects related to COX inhibition. To identify novel inhibitors of mPGES-1, we developed a ligand-based pharmacophore model that(More)
Fabricio, Aline S. C., Giuseppe Tringali, Giacomo Pozzoli, Miriam C. Melo, Juliana A. Vercesi, Gloria E. P. Souza, and Pierluigi Navarra. Interleukin-1 mediates endothelin-1-induced fever and prostaglandin production in the preoptic area of rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 290: R1515–R1523, 2006. First published February 2, 2006;(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) exerts neurotrophic and neuromodulatory actions in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). Like the cytokines, PDGF primarily signals through tyrosine phosphorylation-dependent pathways that activate multiple intracellular molecules including Janus family kinases. We previously showed that microinjection of PDGF-BB(More)
Although studies have shown that chemokines are pyrogenic when injected into the brain, there are no data indicating which cell types and receptors in the CNS are employed by chemokines such as CCL3 (synonym: MIP-1α) to induce fever in rats. We aimed to study, whether CCL3 induces fever when injected directly into the thermoregulatory center within the(More)
This study compared the antipyretic effects of ibuprofen and indomethacin regarding the efficacy in blocking fevers induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS from E. coli) or pyrogenic mediators that act on prostaglandin (PG)-dependent and PG-independent pathways. The content of PGE₂ in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the dependence on central arginine(More)
Cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant-1 (CINC-1), a member of the ELR+CXC subfamily [ELR motif (glutamic acid-leucine-arginine) adjacent to the cysteine-X-cysteine (CXC) motif located at the N-terminus of the protein], is an acute-phase protein and its synthesis is induced by endogenous and exogenous pyrogens. However, there are no studies on the(More)
The intracerebroventricular injection of endothelin-1 (ET-1) induces fever and increases PG levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of rats. Likewise, the injection of IL-1 into the preoptic area (POA) of the rat hypothalamus causes both fever and increased PG production. In this study, we conducted in vivo and in vitro experiments in the rat to investigate 1)(More)
PURPOSE This study evaluated the involvement of endogenous kallikrein-kinin system and the bradykinin (BK) B1 and B2 receptors on LPS- induced fever and the POA cells involved in this response. MATERIAL AND METHODS Male Wistar rats received either i.v. (1 mg/kg), i.c.v. (20 nmol) or i.h. (2 nmol) injections of icatibant (B2 receptor antagonist) 30 or 60(More)
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