Rosane Souza da Silva

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Increasing evidence indicates that excessive iron in selective regions of the brain may be involved in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. Accordingly, increased levels of iron have been described in brain regions of patients in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. We have characterized neonatal iron loading in rodents as a novel experimental(More)
Transcriptional factors and signalling molecules from intracellular metabolism modulate a complex set of events during brain development. Neurotransmitter and neuromodulator synthesis and their receptor expressions vary according to different stages of brain development. The dynamics of signalling systems is often accompanied by alterations in enzyme(More)
The neonate opioid system has been frequently investigated, and studies have shown that exposure to drugs in early life can have implications for nervous system development. It has been proposed that adenosine is involved in opioid antinociception, and ATP is involved in central and peripheral mechanisms of nociception. Extracellular nucleotides can be(More)
Imbalances in glutamatergic signaling have been proposed as the cause of several neurological disturbances. The use of MK-801, an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, to mimic features of these neurological disorders is effective both in mammals and in fish. However, the variability of the subunits comprising the NMDA receptor during development(More)
The psychostimulant caffeine promotes behavioral effects such as hyperlocomotion, anxiety, and disruption of sleep by blockade of adenosine receptors. The availability of extracellular adenosine depends on its release by transporters or by the extracellular ATP catabolism performed by the ecto-nucleotidase pathway. This study verified the effect of caffeine(More)
Here we have investigated the effects of maternal caffeine intake (1 g/l) on MK-801-induced hyperlocomotion in rat pups. Animals submitted to caffeine treatment during the gestational and lactational period were separated in two groups: caffeine-treated group (up to 21 days old) and washout group (caffeine treatment up to 7 days old). MK-801 (0.25 mg/kg,(More)
Adenosine receptors are the most important biochemical targets of caffeine, a common trimethylxanthine found in food and beverages. Adenosine plays modulatory action during the development through adenosine receptors and their intracellular pathways activation. In this study, we aimed to evaluate if caffeine gave to zebrafish in the very first steps of(More)
Hyperargininemia is an inborn error of metabolism (IEM) characterized by tissue accumulation of arginine (Arg). Mental retardation and other neurological features are common symptoms in hyperargininemic patients. Considering purinergic signaling has a crucial role from the early stages of development and underlying mechanisms of this disease are poorly(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of maternal caffeine intake on the neuromotor development of rat offspring and on acetylcholine degradation and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) expression in the hippocampus of 14-day-old infant rats. Rat dams were treated with caffeine (0.3g/L) throughout gestation and lactation until the pups were 14(More)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an efficacious and safe method for the treatment of mood disorders. Its utilization is accompanied by a myriad of biochemical and cellular changes, which are far from fully understood. The present work investigates in rat serum the effects of seizures induced by electroconvulsive shocks (ECS), an animal model of ECT, on(More)