Rômulo Cerqueira Leite

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Analysis of the partial bovine leukaemia virus (BLV) env gp51 gene sequences obtained from three BLV strains isolated in three different regions of Brazil was carried out. The Brazilian BLV env gp51 sequences were compared with seven other corresponding sequences of BLV strains isolated in different countries and with consensus sequence as well. The(More)
Molecular characterization of Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) isolates from Brazil using the env gene sequences revealed a high conservation of this gene. In most cases the substitutions corresponded to silent transitions. In addition, cystein residues, potential glycosylation sites, neutralization domains and other critical residues involved with the envelope(More)
Uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up(4)A) has been recently reported as an endothelium-derived vasoconstrictor and plasma levels of this dinucleotide are increased in juvenile hypertensive subjects. This study aimed to evaluate the vascular actions of Up(4)A, typify the putative purinergic receptors that might mediate these effects and characterize the(More)
We previously reported increased aortic reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in mineralocorticoid (deoxycorticosterone acetate [DOCA]-salt) hypertensive rats. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that NADH/NADPH oxidase is responsible for increased ROS production, namely superoxide (O(2-)), in aorta from the DOCA-salt rat. Treatment of aortic(More)
To define the prevalence of anti-Leptospira sp. agglutinins in ewes in the Federal District, Brazil, serum samples from 157 ewes were tested for antibodies against serovars of Leptospira sp. by the microscopic agglutination test. Antibodies were detected in three flocks in a prevalence of 3% (95% CI = 0.4%–5.7%). Considering that sheep and cattle were(More)
Using the rat paw pressure test, in which sensitivity is increased by intraplantar injection of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)), we conducted a study using several K(+) channel blockers. The objective was to determine what types of K(+) channels could be involved in the peripheral antinociceptive action of the nitric oxide donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP). SNP(More)
The pressor response induced by phenylephrine in the rat isolated mesenteric arterial bed was significantly increased following treatment with nocodazole, a drug that disassembles microtubules (10 microM, 90 min). This increase was even greater in the presence of nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibition, and completely reversed by paclitaxel (20 microM), a(More)
INTRODUCTION Hypertension is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction (ED). The pathophysiologic basis of ED in hypertension remains largely unknown. AIM The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that increased nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase activity contributes to the development of hypertension-associated ED. METHODS(More)
The objective of this study was to determine whether abattoir pens can provide a Salmonella enterica infection source during the 2 to 4 h of preharvest holding. Previous work has suggested that pigs may be getting infected, but little has been reported on the environmental contamination of abattoir holding pens. For 24 groups of pigs studied ( approximately(More)
The aim of this work was to detect serum antibodies specific to influenza viruses in swine in Brazil. Serum samples of 355 pigs from 17 herds in Minas Gerais state were tested by hemagglutination inhibition (HI) for antibodies against H1N1 swine (SIV) and human influenza viruses, and H3N2 SIV. HI revealed that 158 animals (44·5%) and 11 herds (64·7%) were(More)