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MacEdo F.Y.B.,Federal University of Ceara | Mourao L.T.C.,Federal University of Ceara | Palheta Jr. R.C.,Federal University of Ceara | Juca D.M.,Federal University of Ceara | And 8 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2011

Purpose: Ifosfamide (IFS) is often involved in the occurrence of hemorrhagic cystitis due to direct contact of its metabolite acrolein with uroepithelium. It has been shown that COX-2 is involved in this pathogenesis. Thus, we aimed to study the functional changes on the urinary bladder in the putative modifications induced by IFS, as well as the COX-2 role in this process. Materials and methods: IFS-treated rats were evaluated by cystometrography in absence or presence of COX inhibitors indomethacin or etoricoxib or in the presence of mesna. Experiments with isolated strips of urinary bladder obtained from animals with IFS-induced cystitis, either treated or not treated with COX inhibitors or mesna, were performed. Histological analyses, immunohistochemistry for COX-2, and measurement of plasma PGE 2 were also performed. Results: IFS treatment caused severe inflammation of the bladder tissue. Cystometrography recordings of IFS-treated rats revealed bladder with increased micturition frequency and enhanced filling intravesical pressure. Contractility of the isolated smooth muscle from the rat's bladder with IFS-induced cystitis showed decreased force development in response to KCl and CCh. Almost all effects induced by IFS were ameliorated by the use of COX inhibitors or mesna. Enzyme expression in the urinary bladder tissue was positive, and plasma concentration of PGE2 was increased in IFS-treated animals and decreased significantly in etoricoxib-treated animals. Conclusions: IFS causes important changes in the micturition physiology in rats, and the inhibition of the isoenzyme COX-2 could be an important event that could prevent the detrimental effects elicited by IFS-induced hemorrhagic cystitis. © 2010 Springer-Verlag. Source


Gurgel J.A.,Federal University of Ceara | Lima-Junior R.C.P.,Federal University of Ceara | Rabelo C.O.,Federal University of Ceara | Pessoa B.B.G.P.,Federal University of Ceara | And 3 more authors.
Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria | Year: 2013

Objective: Despite the recognized anti-inflammatory potential of heterocyclic antidepressants, the mechanisms concerning their modulating effects are not completely known. Thus, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of amitriptyline, clomipramine, and maprotiline and the possible modulating properties of these drugs on neutrophil migration and mast cell degranulation. Methods: The hind paw edema and air-pouch models of inflammation were used. Male Wistar rats were treated with saline, amitriptyline, clomipramine or maprotiline (10, 30, or 90 mg/kg, per os [p.o.]) 1 h before the injection of carrageenan (300 μg/0.1 mL/paw) or dextran (500 μg/0.1 mL/paw). Then, edema formation was measured hourly. Neutrophil migration to carrageenan (500 μg/pouch) and N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) (10-6 M/mL/pouch) was also investigated in 6-day-old air-pouch cavities. Compound 48/80-induced mast cell degranulation was assessed in the mesenteric tissues of antidepressant-treated rats. Results: All tested antidepressants prevented both carrageenan- and dextran-induced edema. The anti-inflammatory effect of these drugs partially depends on the modulation of neutrophil migration, since they significantly counteracted the chemotactic response of both carrageenan and fMLP (p < 0.01). Furthermore, amitriptyline, clomipramine and maprotiline inhibited compound 48/80-induced mast cell degranulation (p < 0.001). Conclusions: These results suggest an important anti-inflammatory role of heterocyclic antidepressants, which is dependent on the modulation of neutrophil migration and mast cell stabilization. © 2013 Associação Brasileira de Psiquiatria. Source


Reboucas L.M.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Gil G.O.B.,Hospital A C Camargo | Silva M.L.G.,Hospital A C Camargo | Maia M.A.C.,Hospital A C Camargo | Salvajoli J.V.,Instituto Do Cancer Do Estado Of Sao Paulo Icesp
Radiologia Brasileira | Year: 2011

Objective: The present study was aimed at analyzing the impact of enteral nutrition on the maintenance of body weight and on the necessity of replanning and/or interruption of treatment of head and neck cancer patients undergoing intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Materials and Methods: Cases of patients submitted to IMRT in the period from January 2005 to October 2008 were retrospectively reviewed, and 83 of them were included in the study. Results: Median patients' age was 58.6 years. Only five patients (6%) had their treatment interrupted for a period ranging from 4 to 18 days, and in 19 cases (23%) required replanning. Enteral nutrition was initiated before the radiotherapy in 16 patients (19%). Weight loss of ≥ 5% was observed in 58 patients (70%), with a higher prevalence in the group of patients who had not received pre-radiotherapy enteral nutrition. No significant difference was observed between the groups regarding the necessity of radiotherapy replanning (25% versus 21%; p = 0.741) and necessity and duration of treatment interruption. Conclusion: Enteral nutrition is of a great value in the body weight maintenance, but no benefit was observed with the performance of endoscopic percutaneous gastrostomy as compared with radiotherapy interruption/replanning. Source


Gerson G.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Beco M.P.F.G.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Hirth C.G.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Do Perpetuo Socorro S. Cunha M.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | And 3 more authors.
Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial | Year: 2015

Adrenal myelolipomas are unusual benign tumors with an average age of 60 years at onset, often associated with adrenal gland. A 63-year-old female presenting with abdominal discomfort and a large expanding mass in retroperitoneum occupying the right hemiabdomen, with extrinsic compression of adjacent organs, underwent tumor resection. Macroscopic examination of the surgical specimen showed a large yellowish homogeneous lesion with areas of hemorrhage, covered by a thin fibrous capsule. Microscopic analysis revealed a neoplasm composed of mature adipocytes permeated by hematopoietic tissue. There was residual adrenal cortex around the lesion. Source


Lima M.V.A.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Nogueira C.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Oliveira J.A.A.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | Neto F.J.M.,Instituto do Cancer do Ceara | And 2 more authors.
International Braz J Urol | Year: 2011

Purpose: Neuroendocrine carcinomas (NEC) of the prostate are rare, with only a few series hitherto reported. The objective of this study was to assess in a single institution the clinical and morphologic characteristics of neuroendocrine carcinomas diagnosed in needle core biopsies. Materials and Methods: The current study analyses seven cases diagnosed in needle biopsies at a large tertiary regional cancer center from Northeastern Brazil. Two pathologists reviewed specimens retrospectively, and demographic and morphologic characteristics were compared to 458 acinar tumors diagnosed in the same period. Results: There were five small cell carcinomas and two low-grade neuroendocrine carcinomas (carcinoid). NEC were associated with an acinar component in 5/7 cases and the Gleason score of the acinar component was always > 6. The number of cores involved in prostates with NEC was greater (65% compared to 24% of acinar tumors, p < 0.05). The mean PSA at diagnosis was 417.7 (range 5.7-1593, SD 218.3), compared to 100.5 (p = 0.1) of acinar tumors (range 0.3- 8545, SD 22.7). Prostates harboring NEC were bigger (p < 0.001, mean volume 240 mL vs. 53 mL of acinar tumors). Treatment of NEC included palliative surgery, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Conclusions: NEC of the prostate is rare and often associated with a high-grade acinar component. Prostates with NEC tend to be larger and involve a greater number of cores than acinar tumors. PSA at diagnosis does not seem to predict the presence of NE tumors in needle biopsy. Source

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