Publications by authors named "Mara Correa"

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miRNA Expression and Interaction with Genes Involved in Susceptibility to Pristane-Induced Arthritis.

J Immunol Res 2018 16;2018:1928405. Epub 2018 Dec 16.

Laboratório de Imunogenética, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo 05503000, Brazil.

Pristane-induced arthritis (PIA) in mice is an experimental model that resembles human rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects joints and is characterized by synovial inflammation and articular cartilage and bone destruction. AIRmax and AIRmin mouse lines differ in their susceptibility to PIA, and linkage analysis in this model mapped arthritis severity QTLs in chromosomes 5 and 8. miRNAs are a class of small RNA molecules that have been extensively studied in the development of arthritis. We analyzed miRNA and gene expression profiles in peritoneal cells of AIRmax and AIRmin lines, in order to evaluate the genetic architecture in this model. Susceptible AIRmax mice showed higher gene (2025 vs 1043) and miRNA (240 vs 59) modulation than resistant AIRmin mice at the onset of disease symptoms. miR-132-3p/212-3p, miR-106-5p, miR-27b-3p, and miR-25-3p were among the miRNAs with the highest expression in susceptible animals, showing a negative correlation with the expression of predicted target genes (, , and ). Our study showed that global gene and miRNA expression profiles in peritoneal cells of susceptible AIRmax and resistant AIRmin lines during pristane-induced arthritis are distinct, evidencing interesting targets for further validation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2018/1928405DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6311868PMC
April 2019

Mice Selected for Acute Inflammation Present Altered Immune Response during Pristane-Induced Arthritis Progression.

Biomed Res Int 2018 8;2018:1267038. Epub 2018 Oct 8.

Laboratório de Imunogenética, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil.

Mouse lines selected for maximal (AIRmax) or minimal acute inflammatory reaction (AIRmin) were used to characterize the immune response and the influence of genetic background during pristane-induced arthritis (PIA). Susceptible AIRmax mice demonstrated exacerbated cellular profiles during PIA, with intense infiltration of lymphocytes, as well as monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils, producing higher levels of IL-1, IFN-, TNF-, IL-10, total IgG3, and chemokines. Resistant AIRmin mice controlled cell activation more efficiently than the AIRmax during arthritis progression. The weight alterations of the spleen and thymus in the course of PIA were observed. Our data suggest that selected AIRmax cellular and genetic immune mechanisms contribute to cartilage damage and arthritis severity, evidencing many targets for therapeutic actions.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2018/1267038DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6197000PMC
February 2019

Germline control of somatic Kras mutations in mouse lung tumors.

Mol Carcinog 2018 06 25;57(6):745-751. Epub 2018 Mar 25.

Department of Research, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy.

Somatic KRAS mutations are common in human lung adenocarcinomas and are associated with worse prognosis. In mice, Kras is frequently mutated in both spontaneous and experimentally induced lung tumors, although the pattern of mutation varies among strains, suggesting that such mutations are not random events. We tested if the occurrence of Kras mutations is under genetic control in two mouse intercrosses. Codon 61 mutations were prevalent, but the patterns of nucleotide changes differed between the intercrosses. Whole genome analysis with SNPs in (A/J x C57BL/6)F4 mice revealed a significant linkage between a locus on chromosome 19 and 2 particular codon 61 variants (CTA and CGA). In (AIRmax × AIRmin) F2 mice, there was a significant linkage between SNPs located on distal chromosome 6 (around 135 Mbp) and the frequency of codon 61 mutation. These results reveal the presence of two loci, on chromosomes 6 and 19, that modulate Kras mutation frequency in different mouse intercrosses. These findings indicate that somatic mutation frequency and type are not simple random events, but are under genetic control.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mc.22796DOI Listing
June 2018

Slc11a1 (Nramp-1) gene modulates immune-inflammation genes in macrophages during pristane-induced arthritis in mice.

Inflamm Res 2017 Nov 1;66(11):969-980. Epub 2017 Jul 1.

Laboratório de Imunogenética, Instituto Butantan, Avenida Vital Brasil 1500, São Paulo, SP, 05503000, Brazil.

Objective And Design: Pristane-induced arthritis (PIA) in AIRmax mice homozygous for Slc11a1 R and S alleles was used to characterize the influence of Slc11a1 gene polymorphism on immune responses during disease manifestation. Previous reports demonstrated that the presence of the Slc11a1 S allele increased the incidence and severity of PIA in AIRmax , suggesting that this gene could interact with inflammatory loci to modulate PIA. We investigated the effects of Slc11a1 alleles on the activation of phagocytes during PIA.

Treatment: Mice were injected intraperitoneally with two doses of 0.5 mL of mineral oil pristane at 60-day intervals. Arthritis development was accompanied for 180 days.

Results: AIRmax mice showed differential peritoneal macrophage gene expression profiles during PIA, with higher expression and production of HO, NO, IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and several chemokines. The presence of the Slc11a1 R allele, on the other hand, diminished the intensity of macrophage activation, restricting arthritis development.

Conclusion: Our data demonstrated the fine-tuning roles of Slc11a1 alleles modulating macrophage activation, and consequent PIA susceptibility, in those mouse lines.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00011-017-1077-8DOI Listing
November 2017

Sphingomyelinase D from Loxosceles laeta Venom Induces the Expression of MMP7 in Human Keratinocytes: Contribution to Dermonecrosis.

PLoS One 2016 14;11(4):e0153090. Epub 2016 Apr 14.

Immunochemistry Laboratory, Butantan Institute, São Paulo, Brazil.

Envenomation by Loxosceles spider is characterized by the development of dermonecrosis. In previous studies, we have demonstrated that increased expression/secretion of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9, induced by Loxosceles intermedia venom Class 2 SMases D (the main toxin in the spider venom), contribute to the development of cutaneous loxoscelism. In the present study we show that the more potent venom containing the Class 1 SMase D from Loxosceles laeta, in addition to increasing the expression/secretion of MMP2 and MMP9, also stimulates the expression of MMP7 (Matrilysin-1), which was associated with keratinocyte cell death. Tetracycline, a matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor, prevented cell death and reduced MMPs expression. Considering that L. laeta venom is more potent at inducing dermonecrosis than L. intermedia venom, our results suggest that MMP7 may play an important role in the severity of dermonecrosis induced by L. laeta spider venom SMase D. In addition, the inhibition of MMPs by e.g. tetracyclines may be considered for the treatment of the cutaneous loxoscelism.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4831769PMC
August 2016

Distinct gene expression profiles provoked by polyacrylamide beads (Biogel) during chronic and acute inflammation in mice selected for maximal and minimal inflammatory responses.

Inflamm Res 2016 Apr 28;65(4):313-23. Epub 2016 Jan 28.

Laboratório de Imunogenética, Instituto Butantan, Avenida Vital Brasil 1500, São Paulo, SP, 05503900, Brazil.

Objective And Design: AIRmax and AIRmin mice differ in their local acute inflammatory reactions to polyacrylamide beads (Biogel). These lines were developed to identify genes that affect the intensity of the acute inflammatory response (AIR) and to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of acute inflammation. Although these lines are well established, differences in their responses to chronic inflammatory Biogel exposure have not yet been described. We investigated whether the selective process that modified the acute inflammatory responses in these animals also affected the development of their chronic inflammatory responses.

Results: Inflammatory exudate cell infiltration was more intense in AIRmax than AIRmin mice at both 48 h and 30 days. Genes involved in signal transduction and immune/inflammatory responses were differentially expressed in the treated skin of AIRmax and AIRmin mice, and divergent expression of some acute inflammatory response genes was detected up to 30 days post-Biogel. However, distinct expression of several pro and anti-inflammatory response genes in both periods was observed.

Conclusion: These results indicate that the selective process for acute inflammation affected the development of chronic inflammatory responses to Biogel, suggesting common genetic control.
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April 2016

Pristane-induced arthritis loci interact with the Slc11a1 gene to determine susceptibility in mice selected for high inflammation.

PLoS One 2014 5;9(2):e88302. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Laboratório de Imunogenética, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil.

AIRmax (maximal inflammation) and AIRmin (minimal inflammation) mice show distinct susceptibilities to pristane-induced arthritis (PIA). The Slc11a1 gene, which regulates macrophage and neutrophil activity, is involved in this infirmity. AIRmax (SS) mice homozygous for the non-functional Slc11a1 S (gly169asp) allele obtained by genotype-assisted crosses from AIRmax and AIRmin mice are more susceptible than mice homozygous for the Slc11a1 resistant (R) allele. The present work sought to identify the quantitative trait loci (QTL) regulating PIA and to examine the interactions of these QTL with Slc11a1 alleles in modulating PIA. Mice were given two ip injections of 0.5 mL pristane at 60 day intervals, and the incidence and severity of PIA was scored up to 160 days. Genome-wide linkage studies were performed to search for arthritis QTL in an F2 (AIRmax × AIRmin, n = 290) population. Significant arthritis QTL (LODscore>4) were detected on chromosomes 5 and 8, and suggestive QTL on chromosomes 7, 17 and 19. Global gene expression analyses performed on Affymetrix mouse 1.0 ST bioarrays (27k genes) using RNA from arthritic or control mice paws showed 419 differentially expressed genes between AIRmax and AIRmin mice and demonstrated significantly (P<0.001) over-represented genes related to inflammatory responses and chemotaxis. Up-regulation of the chemokine genes Cxcl1, Cxcl9, Cxcl5, Cxcl13 on chromosome 5 was higher in AIRmax(SS) than in the other lines. Macrophage scavenger receptor 1 and hemeoxigenase (decycling) 1 genes on chromosome 8 were also expressed at higher levels in AIRmax(SS) mice. Our results show that the gene expression profiles of the two arthritis QTL (on chromosomes 5 and 8) correlate with Slc11a1 alleles, resulting in enhanced AIRmax(SS) mice susceptibility to PIA.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3914970PMC
September 2014