Sérgio Henrique Ferreira

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1. The hyperalgesic activities in rats of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), IL-6, IL-8, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) and carrageenin were investigated. 2. IL-6 activated the previously delineated IL-1/prostaglandin hyperalgesic pathway but not the IL-8/sympathetic mediated hyperalgesic pathway. 3. TNF alpha and carrageenin activated both pathways.(More)
Neutrophil migration is responsible for tissue damage observed in inflammatory diseases. Neutrophils are also implicated in inflammatory nociception, but mechanisms of their participation have not been elucidated. In the present study, we addressed these mechanisms in the carrageenan-induced mechanical hypernociception, which was determined using a(More)
The hypernociceptive effects of cytokines [TNF-alpha, keratinocyte-derived chemokine (KC), and IL-1beta] and their participation in carrageenan (Cg)-induced inflammatory hypernociception in mice were investigated. Nociceptor sensitization (hypernociception) was quantified with an electronic version of the von Frey filament test in WT and TNF receptor type 1(More)
Pain is one of the classical signs of the inflammatory process in which sensitization of the nociceptors is the common denominator. This sensitization causes hyperalgesia or allodynia in humans, phenomena that involve pain perception (emotional component+nociceptive sensation). As this review focuses mainly on animal models, which don't allow discrimination(More)
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) describes two inflammatory proteins, IL-1 alpha and IL-1 beta, produced by activated macrophages and other cell types and encoded by two genes. Their amino acid sequences have only 26% similarity, but their biological activities are comparable, with a few exceptions; indeed, both molecules appear to act at the same receptor. As IL-1(More)
Morphine is one of the most prescribed and effective drugs used for the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions. In addition to its central effects, morphine can also produce peripheral analgesia. However, the mechanisms underlying this peripheral action of morphine have not yet been fully elucidated. Here, we show that the peripheral antinociceptive(More)
1. The hyperalgesic effects of interleukin-8 (IL-8), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and carrageenin were measured in a rat paw pressure test. 2. IL-8 evoked a dose-dependent hyperalgesia which was attenuated by a specific antiserum, the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists atenolol and propranolol, the dopamine receptor antagonist SCH 23390 and the adrenergic(More)
The aim of the present investigation was to describe and validate an electronic mechanical test for quantification of the intensity of inflammatory nociception in mice. The electronic pressure-meter test consists of inducing the animal hindpaw flexion reflex by poking the plantar region with a polypropylene pipette tip adapted to a hand-held force(More)
1. The effect of interleukin-10 (IL-10) upon the hyperalgesic activities in rats of bradykinin, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-8 (IL-8), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and carrageenin were investigated in a model of mechanical hyperalgesia. 2. Hyperalgesic responses to bradykinin (1(More)
1. The hyperalgesic activities in rats of bradykinin, carrageenin and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) were investigated in a model of mechanical hyperalgesia. 2. Bradykinin and carrageenin evoked dose-dependent hyperalgesia with maximum responses of similar magnitude to responses to LPS (1 and 5 micrograms). 3. Hoe 140, an antagonist of BK2 receptors, inhibited in(More)