Thaís F.G. Lucas

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The aim of the present work was to study the effect of muscarinic agonist on cell proliferation and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) regulation in rat Sertoli cells. Primary cultures of Sertoli cells were obtained from 8-day and 15-day old male Wistar rats. In proliferation assays, [methyl-3H]thymidine incorporation in Sertoli cells from 8-day(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the mechanisms involved in estrogen actions in cultured rat Sertoli cells. RT-PCR detected transcripts for the estrogen receptors ESR1 and ESR2 in cultured immature Sertoli cells and in the testis of 15-, 28-, and 120-day-old rats. The expression of ESR1 and ESR2 was confirmed in Sertoli cells by(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the intracellular signaling events downstream of the classical estrogen receptors (ESRs) and G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER) involved in regulation of proliferation and apoptosis of rat Sertoli cells, in which we have previously described ESR1, ESR2, and GPER. ESRs play a role in Sertoli cell(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression and signaling of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER) in cultured immature rat Sertoli cells--in which we have previously described the classical estrogen receptors (ESR1 and ESR2). Expression of GPER in cultured Sertoli cells from 15-day-old rats was detected by RT-PCR and(More)
Regulation of Sertoli cell number is a key event to determine normal spermatogenesis. We have previously shown that relaxin and its G-protein coupled receptor RXFP1 are expressed in rat Sertoli cells, and that relaxin stimulates Sertoli cell proliferation. This study examined the mechanisms underlying the mitogenic effect of relaxin in a primary culture of(More)
Novel roles for the interaction of cardiotonic steroids to Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase have been established in recent years. The aim of this study was to investigate the intracellular signaling events downstream the action of ouabain on Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase in Sertoli cell obtained from immature rats. Treatment of Sertoli cells with ouabain (1 μM) induced a rapid and(More)
REVIEW The term Wnt derives from a contraction of the gene name Wingless, first identified in the development of the fruit fly Drosophila, and the proto-oncogene Int-1 (Integration 1), which was first isolated in mammary tumor in the mouse 1 (for a review, see ref. 2). Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway controls a myriad of biological phenomena throughout(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of each estrogen receptors on the regulation of proteins involved with proliferation and differentiation of Sertoli cells from 15-day-old rats. Activation of ESR1 by 17β-estradiol (E2) and ESR1-selective agonist PPT increased CCND1 expression, and this effect was dependent on NF-kB activation. E2 and(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the activation of rapid signaling events by 17β-estradiol in the rat uterus. 17β-Estradiol induced a rapid increase of total [3H]-inositol phosphate accumulation in the whole uterus and endometrium, but not in the myometrium. The effect of 17β-estradiol in the endometrium was blocked by phospholipase C (PLC)(More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by disruption in glycemic homeostasis, involving impaired insulin-induced glucose disposal. For that, reduced glucose transporter GLUT4, encoded by Slc2a4 gene, plays a fundamental role. Conversely, increase in Slc2a4/GLUT4 expression improves glycemic homeostasis. Recent studies have proposed that estradiol is able(More)