Vanessa Jacob Victorino

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Breast cancer is the malignant neoplasia with the highest incidence in women worldwide. Chronic oxidative stress and inflammation have been indicated as major mediators during carcinogenesis and cancer progression. Human studies have not considered the complexity of tumor biology during the stages of cancer advance, limiting their clinical application. The(More)
Several adverse effects of chemotherapy treatments have been described, and most of these effects are associated with direct interactions between blood cells and indirect effects generated during the oxidative metabolism of antineoplastic drugs. In this study we evaluated the oxidative systemic status and hematological profiles of breast cancer patients(More)
Recent works have shown a dual side of estrogens, and research on the relationship between oxidative stress and menopausal status remains unclear and has produced controversial results. In this work, we aimed to evaluate by sensitive methods the oxidant and antioxidant changes that develop after natural menopause. Thirty premenopausal and 28 naturally(More)
About 20 % of breast cancer patients over-express the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), which is associated with enhanced tumor malignancy. The influence of HER2 overexpression on oxidant/antioxidant parameters in humans remains unknown; therefore, we investigated the oxidative profile in women according to their HER2 status. Fifty-two(More)
Since long, oxidative stress-driven modifications in breast cancer were faced as detrimental cellular events that cause obligatory cell damage. Recent studies show that the products generated during redox reactions are able to modulate pivotal processes regarding breast cancer survival, proposing a new way of looking at the events linked to oxidative(More)
BACKGROUND Transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) participation in breast cancer development and metastasis is well-established, however, the clinical meaning of its circulating levels in women with breast cancer is poorly understood. AIM To characterize the levels of TGF-β1 in plasma from women with breast cancer and to associate them with the main(More)
Chemotherapy continues to be the main treatment option for cancer. Although systemic chemotherapy can efficiently eradicate cancer cells, a significant proportion of patients carry tumors that present a chemoresistant phenotype, resulting in disease progression, cancer relapse, and reduced survival. It has also become clear that the effect of most(More)
Leukotrienes are important mediators of inflammatory responses. In this study, we investigated the effect of the absence of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO)-derived leukotrienes on levels of cytokines, nitric oxide (NO) and iNOS expression in cardiac tissue of mice infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas' disease. NO is a key mediator of parasite killing(More)
The toxic effects of paclitaxel (PTX) and its solubilizing agent cremophor EL (CREL) have been well established in vitro; however, the in vivo mechanisms underlying this toxicity remain unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze the in vivo toxicity induced by infusion of PTX and CREL and to investigate the involvement of oxidative stress as a(More)
Adiponectin is a cytokine reported as a determinant of poor prognosis in women with breast cancer. However, because data regarding its role in breast cancer have been obtained primarily from studies employing overweight or obese women, the adiponectin profile in non-obese women is poorly understood. In this study, we determined adiponectin levels in plasma(More)