Publications by authors named "Maria Carolina A B Castro"

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Neonatal malnutrition programs the oxidant function of macrophages in response to Candida albicans.

Microb Pathog 2016 Jun 19;95:68-76. Epub 2016 Mar 19.

Department of Tropical Medicine, Federal University of Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235, Cidade Universitária, Recife, Pernambuco, 50670-901, Brazil; Keizo Asami Laboratory of Immunopathology, Federal University of Pernambuco, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235, Cidade Universitária, Recife, Pernambuco, 50670-901, Brazil.

Experimental maternal nutrition restriction models are used to investigate short or long-term consequences of nutritional deficiency on puppies' growth. By assuming that the immune function is directly related to host's nutritional status, the current study aims to investigate the effects of neonatal malnutrition on oxidative stress and on the cell death of the alveolar macrophage after in vitro infection by Candida albicans. Wistar rats were suckled by mothers fed on diets containing 17% protein (Nourished group) or 8% protein (Malnourished group) in the current assay. Both groups received the standard diet used in the vivarium until adulthood, after weaning. The results showed that the offspring from mothers fed on low-protein diet presented lower body weight from 5 days of life on. Their low weight remained until adulthood when it was compared to that of rats in the nourished group. Superoxide and nitric oxide production was lower in malnourished animals and it was accompanied by low inducible nitric oxide synthase gene expression levels in systems in which the alveolar macrophages were challenged by immunogenic stimulus. No significant differences were observed in comparisons performed between the nourished and malnourished groups in any of the analyzed cell viability (apoptosis/necrosis) parameters. The fungal inoculum-stimulated system induced higher oxidative stress and cell death by necrosis. The current study demonstrated that dietary restriction during lactation alters the oxidant function of alveolar macrophages in puppies; It happens from the gene transcription step to the release of mediators, thus compromising the host's defenses against Candida albicans. It raises the possibility that Candida albicans may cease to be a commensal fungus to become a pathogen in offspring that have suffered nutritional deficiency during critical developmental periods, due to impaired immune responses.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.micpath.2016.02.012DOI Listing
June 2016

American tegumentary leishmaniasis: mRNA expression for Th1 and Treg mediators are predominant in patients with recent active disease.

Immunobiology 2016 Feb 14;221(2):253-9. Epub 2015 Aug 14.

Laboratory of Immunogenetics, Immunology Department, Aggeu Magalhães Research Center, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (CPqAM/FIOCRUZ), Brazil. Electronic address:

Besides the Th1×Th2 paradigm, Treg and Th17 cytokines may play a role in the response to American tegumentary leishmaniasis. Considering the sensitivity and accuracy of qPCR and the lack of studies using this approach, we evaluated mRNA expression for IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-4, IL-10, IL-6, IL-17A, IL-22, TGF-β, Foxp3 and RORC in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from patients with active disease, after stimulation with L. (V.) braziliensis soluble or insoluble fractions. Our results show that the antigens promoted specific mRNA expression related to the immune response in patients with ATL, and the insoluble fraction seems to stimulate the immune response in a higher intensity. The pro-inflammatory response was also fueled by IFN-γ and TNF-α, probably due to the active disease. IL-4, in certain way, seems to regulate this response along with IL-10 that may be produced by Treg cells, which are supposedly present in the patients' samples due the evidenced expression of Foxp3, in the presence of AgIns. In contrast, down-regulated RORC suggests that the significant levels of IL-6 expressed in response to AgSol were not able to induce an expressive Th17 profile along with TGF-β, which might have predominantly contributed to the development of a regulatory profile in the active disease.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imbio.2015.08.009DOI Listing
February 2016

Thiosemicarbazones as Aedes aegypti larvicidal.

Eur J Med Chem 2015 Jul 28;100:162-75. Epub 2015 May 28.

Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida, 2234 New Physics Building, Gainesville, PO Box 118435, Florida, USA.

A set of aryl- and phenoxymethyl-(thio)semicarbazones were synthetized, characterized and biologically evaluated against the larvae of Aedes aegypti (A. aegypti), the vector responsible for diseases like Dengue and Yellow Fever. (Q)SAR studies were useful for predicting the activities of the compounds not included to create the QSAR model as well as to predict the features of a new compound with improved activity. Docking studies corroborated experimental evidence of AeSCP-2 as a potential target able to explain the larvicidal properties of its compounds. The trend observed between the in silico Docking scores and the in vitro pLC50 (equals -log LC50, at molar concentration) data indicated that the highest larvicidal compounds, or the compounds with the highest values for pLC50, are usually those with the higher docking scores (i.e., greater in silico affinity for the AeSCP-2 target). Determination of cytotoxicity for these compounds in mammal cells demonstrated that the top larvicide compounds are non-toxic.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.04.061DOI Listing
July 2015
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