Suzana Wofchuk

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ATP is an important signalling molecule in the peripheral and central nervous system. Both glioma growth and tumor resection induces cell death, thus liberating nucleotides to the extracellular medium. Nucleotides are hydrolyzed very slowly by gliomas when compared with astrocytes and induce neuronal cell death and glioma proliferation. The objective of the(More)
Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency (GAMT deficiency) is an inherited neurometabolic disorder clinically characterized by epilepsy and mental retardation and biochemically by accumulation of guanidinoacetate (GAA) and depletion of creatine. Although this disease is predominantly characterized by severe neurological findings, the underlying(More)
Phosphorylation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in slices from immature rats is stimulated by glutamate via a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR II) and by absence of external Ca2+ in reactions that are not additive (Wofchuk and Rodnight, Neurochem. Int. 24:517–523, 1994). These observations suggested that glutamate, via an mGluR,(More)
Ascorbate, an intracellular antioxidant, has been considered critical for neuronal protection against oxidant stress, which is supported especially by in vitro studies. Besides, it has been demonstrated an age-related decrease in brain ascorbate levels. The aims of the present study were to investigate ascorbate uptake in hippocampal slices from old Wistar(More)
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