Patrícia Fernanda Schuck

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A genetic mice model of glutaric acidemia type I (GAI) has recently been developed, however affected animals do not develop the striatal damage characteristic of patients with this disorder. Therefore, the initial aim of the present work was to induce high glutaric acid (GA) concentrations in rat brain similar to those found in GAI patients through(More)
Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is an inherited metabolic disorder biochemically characterized by tissue accumulation of ethylmalonic (EMA) and methylsuccinic (MSA) acids and clinically by severe neurological symptoms. In the present study we investigated the in vitro effects of EMA and MSA on the activity of creatine kinase (CK) in(More)
The accumulation of octanoic (OA) and decanoic (DA) acids in tissue is the common finding in medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD), the most frequent defect of fatty acid oxidation. Affected patients present hypoketotic hypoglycemia, rhabdomyolysis, hepatomegaly, seizures and lethargy, which may progress to coma and death. At(More)
Methylmalonic acidemia consists of a group of inherited neurometabolic disorders biochemically characterized by accumulation of methylmalonic acid (MA) and clinically by progressive neurological deterioration whose pathophysiology is not yet fully established. In the present study we investigated the effect of chronic administration (from the 5th to the(More)
In the present work we investigated the in vitro effect of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) accumulating in maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) on some parameters of energy metabolism in cerebral cortex of rats. 14CO2 production from [1-14C]acetate, [1-5-14C]citrate and [U-14C]glucose, as well as glucose uptake by the brain were evaluated by incubating(More)
Glycation, a process that occurs endogenously and generates advanced glycation end products (AGEs), presents an important role in cases of neurodegeneration, as for instance Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methylglyoxal (MG), a dicarbonyl compound, is the most potent inducer of AGEs, whose levels have been found increased in samples obtained from subjects(More)
Oxidative stress and inflammation is likely to be a major step in the development of sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) and long-term cognitive impairment. To date, it is not known whether brain inflammation and oxidative damage are a direct consequence of systemic inflammation or whether these events are driven by brain resident cells, such as(More)
3-methylglutaconic (MGT), 3-methylglutaric (MGA) and occasionally 3-hydroxyisovaleric (OHIVA) acids accumulate in a group of diseases known as 3-methylglutaconic aciduria (MGTA). Although the clinical presentation of MGTA is mainly characterized by neurological symptoms, the mechanisms of brain damage in this disease are poorly known. In the present study(More)
Patients affected by medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) suffer from acute episodes of encephalopathy whose underlying mechanisms are poorly known. The present work investigated the in vitro effect of cis-4-decenoic acid (cDA), which accumulates in MCADD, on important parameters of oxidative stress in cerebral cortex of young rats. cDA(More)
Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) is an inherited metabolic disorder of fatty acid oxidation in which the affected patients predominantly present high levels of octanoic (OA) and decanoic (DA) acids and their glycine and carnitine by-products in tissues and body fluids. It is clinically characterized by episodic encephalopathic crises(More)