Ricardo Vasques de Oliveira

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Rationale. Administration of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists produce hyperlocomotion and cognitive deficits in rodents. Activation of NMDA receptors promotes adenosine release, and adenosine agonists prevent central effects of NMDA receptor antagonists. We hypothesized that if NMDA receptor antagonists require adenosine to produce(More)
d-Serine is an endogenous co-agonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and has been suggested to improve cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. The present study investigates the effects of treatment with d-serine in mice on tasks that require recognition learning and working memory, two cognitive domains that are impaired in schizophrenia. We(More)
Flunarizine is known as a calcium channel blocker commonly used in many countries to treat migraine and vertigo. Parkinsonism has been described as one of its side-effects in the elderly, which is in agreement with its recently characterized moderate D2 receptor antagonism. To perform a pre-clinical evaluation of flunarizine as a potential antipsychotic. We(More)
The electrical and chemical stimulation of the dorsal periaqueductal grey matter (dPAG) elicits panic-like explosive escape behaviour. Although neurons of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) seem to organise oriented escape behaviour, when stimulated with excitatory amino acids at higher doses, non-oriented/explosive escape reactions can also be displayed.(More)
The postictal state is generally followed by antinociception. It is known that connections between the dorsal raphe nucleus, the periaqueductal gray matter, and the locus coeruleus, an important noradrenergic brainstem nucleus, are involved in the descending control of ascending nociceptive pathways. The aim of the present study was to determine whether(More)
The role of the acetylcholine-mediated system in the organization of postictal antinociception was investigated. For this purpose, nicotinic and muscarinic cholinergic receptor antagonists were microinjected into the nucleus raphe magnus (NRM), a key structure of the endogenous pain inhibitory system. After the tail-flick test baseline recording, male(More)
The present work describes the development of a voltammetric sensor for the selective determination of Acid Green 25 (AG25) hair dye, widely used in commercial temporary hair dyes. The method is based on a glassy carbon electrode modified with multiwalled carbon nanotubes activated in the presence of sulfuric acid, where the anthraquinone group present as a(More)
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