Ricardo Martins de Oliveira-Filho

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1. The effects of the active principles of S. rebaudiana (SR) on endocrine parameters of male rats were studied upon chronic administrations (60 days) of a concentrated, crude extract of its leaves, starting at prepubertal age (25-30 days old). 2. The following determinations were made: glycemia; serum levels of T3 and T4; available binding sites in thyroid(More)
We have used a pharmacological approach to study the mechanisms underlying the rat lung injury and the airway reactivity changes induced by inhalation of formaldehyde (FA) (1% formalin solution, 90 min once a day, 4 days). The reactivity of isolated tracheae and intrapulmonary bronchi were assessed in dose-response curves to methacholine (MCh). Local and(More)
OBJECTIVE One third of asthmatic women report a decreased expiratory peak flow during menses. Since asthma is characterized by lung inflammation and bronchopulmonary hyperresponsiveness, we investigated the role played by estradiol in allergic lung inflammation. METHODS Cell migration to the lungs of allergic female rats subjected to oophorectomy (OVx)(More)
Intestinal I/R (i-I/R) is an insult associated to further adult respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure. This study was designed to evaluate the repercussions of i-I/R on bronchial reactivity to the cholinergic agent methacholine. Anesthetized rats were subjected to superior mesenteric artery occlusion (45 min) and killed after clamp(More)
Clinical and experimental evidences show that formaldehyde (FA) exposure has an irritant effect on the upper airways. As being an indoor and outdoor pollutant, FA is known to be a causal factor of occupational asthma. This study aimed to investigate the repercussion of FA exposure on the course of a lung allergic process triggered by an antigen unrelated to(More)
Specific binding of the synthetic androgen, [17 alpha-methyl-3H]methyltrienolone, to the cytosol fraction of the submandibular salivary gland (SMG) of male mice was studied in relation to the developmental profiles of testosterone and thyroid hormones in blood. The peak rise of serum triiodothyronine (T3) at prepubertal age was closely related to both the(More)
We investigated the effect of two inhibitors of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, N(w)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) and aminoguanidine, on lung inflammation caused by intestinal ischemia/reperfusion in rats. Relative to the sham-operated rats, intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (ischemia: 45 min; reperfusion: 30 min, 2 and 4 h) induced neutrophil(More)
Innate immune responses against microorganisms may be mediated by Toll-like receptors (TLRs). Intestinal ischemia–reperfusion (i-I/R) leads to the translocation of bacteria and/or bacterial products such as endotoxin, which activate TLRs leading to acute intestinal and lung injury and inflammation observed upon gut trauma. Here, we investigated the role of(More)
Intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) causes local and remote injuries that are multifactorial and essentially inflammatory in nature. To study the putative influences of nitric oxide (NO) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) on the release of interleukin (IL) 1beta and IL-10 and the involvement of lymphatic system on a systemic inflammation caused(More)
We investigated in rats the influence of the lymphatic system and of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) on the lung inflammation resulting from intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) performed by 45-min occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery followed by 2 h of reperfusion. A group of rats had the thoracic lymph duct ligated before I/R. In lungs, intestinal I/R(More)