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Acta Physiologica Sinica ; (6): 244-252, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-878253


The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of polarization program on the ability of macrophages to regulate iron metabolism. M1 and M2 macrophages were propagated in vitro from porcine alveolar macrophages 3D4/2 and polarized by cytokines. The 3D4/2 macrophages were treated with 20 ng/mL interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and 10 ng/mL interleukin-4 (IL-4) combined with 10 ng/mL macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) to induce polarization to M1 and M2, respectively. After incubation for 24 h, the expression levels of inflammatory factors and iron-metabolism genes were determined using real-time qPCR, Western bot and immunofluorescence. The M1/M2 macrophages culture media supernatant was collected and used to treat porcine intestinal epithelial cells IPEC-J2. The proliferation ability of IPEC-J2 was detected using CCK-8 assay kit. Following exogenous addition of ammonium ferric citrate (FAC) to M1/M2 macrophages, the phagocytic function of macrophages was detected using fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran (FITC-dextran) and flow cytometry. The results showed that, compared with control, M1 macrophages had higher mRNA levels of iron storage proteins (ferritin heavy and light polypeptide, i.e. FtH and FtL), hepcidin and lipocalin-2, as well as iron content. Moreover, iron enhanced the ability of M1 macrophages to phagocytize FITC-dextran. There was no significant change in these mRNA expression levels in M2 macrophages, but the mRNA expression levels of ferroportin and transferrin receptor were up-regulated. In addition, the conditioned media supernatant from M2 macrophages promoted cell proliferation of IPEC-J2. These findings indicate that M1 macrophages tend to lock iron in the cell and reduce extracellular iron content, thereby inhibiting the proliferation of extracellular bacteria. While M2 macrophages tend to excrete iron, which contributes to the proliferation of surrounding cells and thus promotes tissue repair.

Animals , Cytokines , Ferritins , Iron/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Macrophages, Alveolar/metabolism , Swine
Chinese Medical Journal ; (24): 699-707, 2021.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-878065


BACKGROUND@#Autophagy of alveolar macrophages is a crucial process in ischemia/reperfusion injury-induced acute lung injury (ALI). Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are multipotent cells with the potential for repairing injured sites and regulating autophagy. This study was to investigate the influence of BM-MSCs on autophagy of macrophages in the oxygen-glucose deprivation/restoration (OGD/R) microenvironment and to explore the potential mechanism.@*METHODS@#We established a co-culture system of macrophages (RAW264.7) with BM-MSCs under OGD/R conditions in vitro. RAW264.7 cells were transfected with recombinant adenovirus (Ad-mCherry-GFP-LC3B) and autophagic status of RAW264.7 cells was observed under a fluorescence microscope. Autophagy-related proteins light chain 3 (LC3)-I, LC3-II, and p62 in RAW264.7 cells were detected by Western blotting. We used microarray expression analysis to identify the differently expressed genes between OGD/R treated macrophages and macrophages co-culture with BM-MSCs. We investigated the gene heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), which is downstream of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway.@*RESULTS@#The ratio of LC3-II/LC3-I of OGD/R treated RAW264.7 cells was increased (1.27 ± 0.20 vs. 0.44 ± 0.08, t = 6.67, P  < 0.05), while the expression of p62 was decreased (0.77 ± 0.04 vs. 0.95 ± 0.10, t = 2.90, P  < 0.05), and PI3K (0.40 ± 0.06 vs. 0.63 ± 0.10, t = 3.42, P  < 0.05) and p-Akt/Akt ratio was also decreased (0.39 ± 0.02 vs. 0.58 ± 0.03, t = 9.13, P  < 0.05). BM-MSCs reduced the LC3-II/LC3-I ratio of OGD/R treated RAW264.7 cells (0.68 ± 0.14 vs. 1.27 ± 0.20, t = 4.12, P  < 0.05), up-regulated p62 expression (1.10 ± 0.20 vs. 0.77 ± 0.04, t = 2.80, P  < 0.05), and up-regulated PI3K (0.54 ± 0.05 vs. 0.40 ± 0.06, t = 3.11, P  < 0.05) and p-Akt/Akt ratios (0.52 ± 0.05 vs. 0.39 ± 0.02, t = 9.13, P  < 0.05). A whole-genome microarray assay screened the differentially expressed gene HO-1, which is downstream of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, and the alteration of HO-1 mRNA and protein expression was consistent with the data on PI3K/Akt pathway.@*CONCLUSIONS@#Our results suggest the existence of the PI3K/Akt/HO-1 signaling pathway in RAW264.7 cells under OGD/R circumstances in vitro, revealing the mechanism underlying BM-MSC-mediated regulation of autophagy and enriching the understanding of potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of ALI.

Apoptosis , Autophagy , Bone Marrow , Glucose , Heme Oxygenase-1/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Mesenchymal Stem Cells/metabolism , Oxygen , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases/metabolism , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism , Signal Transduction
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 116: e200417, 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1154880


BACKGROUND Toxoplasma gondii causes toxoplasmosis and is controlled by activated macrophages. However, infection of macrophages by tachyzoites induces TGF-β signaling (TGF-s) inhibiting nitric oxide (NO) production. NO inhibition may be a general escape mechanism of distinct T. gondii strains. OBJECTIVES To evaluate in activated macrophages the capacity of T. gondii strains of different virulence and genetics (RH, type I; ME-49, type II; VEG, type III; P-Br, recombinant) to evade the NO microbicidal defense system and determine LC3 loading to the parasitophorous vacuole. METHODS Activated peritoneal macrophages were infected with the different T. gondii strains, NO-production was evaluated by the Griess reagent, and inducible nitric oxide synthase expression, TGF-s, and LC3 localisation assayed by immunofluorescence. FINDINGS Only RH persisted in macrophages, while VEG was more resistant than P-Br and ME-49. All strains induced TGF-s, degradation of inducible nitric oxide synthase, and NO-production inhibition from 2 to 24 h of infection, but only RH sustained these alterations for 48 h. By 24 h of infection, TGF-s lowered in macrophages infected by ME-49, and P-Br, and NO-production recovered, while VEG sustained TGF-s and NO-production inhibition longer. LC3 loading to parasitophorous vacuole was strain-dependent: higher for ME-49, P-Br and VEG, lower for RH. All strains inhibited NO-production, but only RH sustained this effect probably because it persisted in macrophages due to additional evasive mechanisms as lower LC3 loading to parasitophorous vacuole. MAIN CONCLUSIONS These results support that T. gondii can escape the NO microbicidal defense system at the initial phase of the infection, but only the virulent strain sustain this evasion mechanism.

Animals , Mice , Toxoplasma/physiology , Macrophages, Peritoneal/parasitology , Nitric Oxide Synthase/metabolism , Macrophages/parasitology , Nitric Oxide/biosynthesis , Toxoplasmosis, Animal/parasitology , Macrophages/metabolism
Arq. bras. med. vet. zootec. (Online) ; 72(6): 2193-2200, Nov.-Dec. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, VETINDEX | ID: biblio-1142305


Among the immune system cells, macrophages have an important role. Apamin, a bee venom constituent, is important in the defense of these insects. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the metabolism of J774 1.6 macrophage cell line when exposed to isolated and purified apamin, using cytotoxicity tests by MTT reduction and analysis by flow cytometry (apoptosis / necrosis, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), membranous lipoperoxidation (LPO), electrical potential of the mitochondrial membrane (mMP) and DNA fragmentation). None of the tested concentrations (10 to 100µg/mL) were cytotoxic according to MTT reductions. Apoptosis rates decreased at concentrations of 2.5, 5.0, and 10.0µg/mL (P<0.05), while necrosis rates increased (P<0.05). However, rates of healthy cells at the highest tested concentration (10µg/mL) did not differ from control (P>0.05). Apamin did not alter ROS, LPO, or DNA fragmentation. Therefore, all analyzed concentrations (1.25 to 10µg/mL) decreased mMP. Such decrease in apoptosis might be due to a suppression of mitochondrial pro-apoptotic messengers, as this peptide causes no oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, and DNA damage. Highly sensitive techniques are majorly important for proper interpretation of cellular toxicity mechanisms, combined with routine laboratory methods.(AU)

Das células do sistema imunológico, macrófagos desempenham um papel fundamental. Apamina, constituinte do veneno de abelhas, é importante na defesa destas. Objetivou-se avaliar o metabolismo da linhagem de macrófagos J774 1.6 expostos à apamina isolada e purificada, avaliando-se citotoxicidade por redução de MTT e análise por citometria de fluxo (apoptose / necrose, produção de espécies reativas de oxigênio (EROs), lipoperoxidação membranosa (LPO), potencial elétrico da membrana mitocondrial (MMP) e fragmentação do DNA). Nenhuma concentração testada (10 a 100µg / mL) foi citotóxica. As taxas de apoptose diminuíram nas concentrações 2,5, 5,0 e 10,0µg / mL (P<0,05), enquanto as de necrose aumentaram (P<0,05). Entretanto, as taxas de células saudáveis na maior concentração testada (10µg / mL) não diferiram do controle (P>0,05). A apamina não alterou as ERO, a LPO nem a fragmentação do DNA. Portanto, todas as concentrações analisadas (1,25 a 10µg / mL) diminuíram a mMP. Tal diminuição na apoptose pode ser por uma supressão de mensageiros pró-apoptóticos mitocondriais, já que este peptídeo não causa estresse oxidativo, peroxidação lipídica nem dano ao DNA. Técnicas altamente sensíveis são importantes para adequada interpretação dos mecanismos de citotoxicidade.(AU)

Apamin/toxicity , Cytotoxins/antagonists & inhibitors , Macrophages/metabolism , Mitochondria , Reactive Oxygen Species , Flow Cytometry
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-879923


Radiation-induced lung injury (RILI), including acute radiation pneumonitis and chronic radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis (RIPF), is a side effect of radiotherapy for lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Pulmonary macrophages, as a kind of natural immune cells maintaining lung homeostasis, play a key role in the whole pathological process of RILI. In the early stage of RILI, classically activated M1 macrophages secrete proinflammatory cytokines to induce inflammation and produce massive reactive oxygen species (ROS) through ROS-induced cascade to further impair lung tissue. In the later stage of RILI, alternatively activated M2 macrophages secrete profibrotic cytokines to promote the development of RIPF. The roles of macrophage in the pathogenesis of RILI and the related potential clinical applications are summarized in this review.

Humans , Lung/radiation effects , Lung Injury/physiopathology , Macrophages/metabolism , Radiation Injuries , Radiation Pneumonitis/etiology , Radiotherapy/adverse effects
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 53(7): e9207, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | ColecionaSUS, LILACS, ColecionaSUS | ID: biblio-1132533


The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between PI3K/mTOR/RhoA signaling regulated cytoskeletal rearrangements and phagocytic capacity of macrophages. RAW264.7 macrophages were divided into four groups; blank control, negative control, PI3K-RNAi, and mTOR-RNAi. The cytoskeletal changes in the macrophages were observed. Furthermore, the phagocytic capacity of macrophages against Escherichia coli is reported as mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) and percent phagocytosis. Transfection yielded 82.1 and 81.5% gene-silencing efficiencies against PI3K and mTOR, respectively. The PI3K-RNAi group had lower mRNA and protein expression levels of PI3K, mTOR, and RhoA than the blank and negative control groups (Р<0.01). The mTOR-RNAi group had lower mRNA and protein levels of mTOR and RhoA than the blank and the negative control groups (Р<0.01). Macrophages in the PI3K-RNAi group exhibited stiff and inflexible morphology with short, disorganized filopodia and reduced number of stress fibers. Macrophages in the mTOR-RNAi group displayed pronounced cellular deformations with long, dense filopodia and an increased number of stress fibers. The PI3K-RNAi group exhibited lower MFI and percent phagocytosis than blank and negative control groups, whereas the mTOR-RNAi group displayed higher MFI and percent phagocytosis than the blank and negative controls (Р<0.01). Before and after transfection, the mRNA and protein levels of PI3K were both positively correlated with mTOR and RhoA (Р<0.05), but the mRNA and protein levels of mTOR were negatively correlated with those of RhoA (Р<0.05). Changes in the phagocytic capacity of macrophages were associated with cytoskeletal rearrangements and were regulated by the PI3K/mTOR/RhoA signaling pathway.

Humans , Animals , Rats , Phagocytosis/physiology , Cytoskeleton/metabolism , Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases/metabolism , rhoA GTP-Binding Protein/metabolism , TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Transfection , Signal Transduction , Blotting, Western , Gene Silencing , RNA Interference , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , RAW 264.7 Cells , Genetic Vectors
J. appl. oral sci ; 28: e20190519, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, BBO | ID: biblio-1101254


Abstract Natural products have emerged as a rich source of bioactive compounds for adjunctive treatments of many infectious and inflammatory conditions, including periodontitis. Among the monoterpenes with significant biological properties, there is the perillyl alcohol (POH), which can be found in several essential oils and has shown immunomodulatory properties in recent studies, which may be interesting in the treatment of non-neoplastic inflammatory disorders. Objective To determine the antibacterial and immune modulatory activities of the POH. Methodology The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the POH for two significant Gram-negative periodontal pathogens were determined by macrodilution and subculture, respectively. Cell proliferation and cytotoxicity in RAW 264.7 macrophages were determined by Trypan Blue and mitochondrial enzymatic activity assay. The modulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was analyzed by flow cytometry and expression of TNF and arginase-1 by real-time PCR. Results The POH was effective against P. gingivalis (ATCC 33277) and F. nucleatum (ATCC 25586) with MIC= MBC=1600 μM. No cytotoxicity up to 100 µM was observed on macrophages. The cell proliferation was inhibited from 48 hours at 100 μM (p<0.05) and 250 μM (p<0.01). The POH increased ROS production at both 10 μM and 100 μM (p<0.05) in unstimulated cells. The PMA-induced ROS production was not affected by POH, whereas 100 μM significantly reduced lipopolysaccharide-induced (LPS-induced) ROS. The expression of TNF was not affected by POH in unstimulated cells or in cells polarized to M1 phenotype, whereas both concentrations of POH reduced (p<0.05) the expression of arginase-1 in M2-polarized macrophages. Conclusion The POH has antibacterial activity against periodontal pathogens and reduced proliferation of murine macrophages without significant cytotoxicity at concentrations up to 100 μM. In addition, the POH reduced the LPS-induced ROS and the expression of arginase-1 in M2-polarized macrophages.

Animals , Mice , Fusobacterium nucleatum/drug effects , Reactive Oxygen Species/analysis , Porphyromonas/drug effects , Monoterpenes/pharmacology , Macrophages/drug effects , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Arginase/analysis , Time Factors , Biological Products/pharmacology , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Gene Expression , Lipopolysaccharides/pharmacology , Reproducibility of Results , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/analysis , Fusobacterium nucleatum/growth & development , Reactive Oxygen Species/metabolism , Porphyromonas/growth & development , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Flow Cytometry , RAW 264.7 Cells , Macrophages/metabolism
São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2019. 153 p. graf, ilus.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-996744


O diabetes mellitus é um grupo heterogêneo de distúrbios metabólicos caracterizado pela hiperglicemia. Indivíduos diabéticos possuem maior susceptibilidade a infecções comparado a indivíduos sadios e a hiperglicemia é um dos principais fatores que contribuem para isso, em parte, por alterar a resposta imune. Sendo assim, os macrófagos, como células essenciais para a resposta inflamatória, podem apresentar importante papel na resposta imune alterada de indivíduos diabéticos. Neste estudo, investigamos como a hiperglicemia modula os macrófagos derivados da medula óssea (BMDMs) sob um estímulo inflamatório. Para realizar este estudo, os BMDMs de camundongos C57BL/6 machos não diabéticos e diabéticos (60 mg/kg de aloxana, iv) (CEUA / FCF / USP-488) foram cultivados sob condições normais de glicose (5,5 mM) e alta concentração de glicose (25 mM ou 40 mM) e estimuladas ou não com lipopolissacarídeo (LPS, 100 ng/mL). Em comparação com os BMDMs dos camundongos não diabéticos, os BMDMs dos camundongos diabéticos estimulados com LPS apresentaram menor expressão de CD38 no tempo basal e após 24 horas, além de menor expressão de receptor do tipo Toll (TLR)-4 na superfície celular, menor capacidade fagocítica e redução na secreção de óxido nítrico, lactato, fator de necrose tumoral- e interleucina (IL)-10, porém apresentaram maior expressão de CD80, CD86 e MHC-II, maior consumo de oxigênio e maior fosforilação em quinase ativada por estresse/quinase Jun-amino-terminal (SAPK/JNK) subunidade p46 e em quinase regulada por sinal extracelular (ERK) subunidade p42, proteína quinase B (AKT) e proteína quinase C (PKC)-δ assim como maior secreção de IL-6. Quando os BMDMs dos camundongos não diabéticos foram cultivados sob condições de alta concentração de glicose in vitro e estimulados com LPS, a expressão de TLR4 e os níveis de óxido nítrico e peróxido de hidrogênio foram reduzidos. Por outro lado, os BMDMs diabéticos que também foram cultivados em alta concentração de glicose in vitro apresentaram níveis aumentados de lactato e fosforilação reduzida em AKT e PKC-δ, porém apresentaram fosforilação aumentada em p46 SAPK/JNK. A alta concentração de glicose parece modificar o comportamento dos macrófagos, afetando diferentes aspectos dos BMDMs diabéticos e não diabéticos sob estímulo de LPS, assim a hiperglicemia deixa um legado de glicose, induzindo uma memória glicêmica, alterando o estado basal dos macrófagos, modificando a via de sinalização do TLR4 contribuindo para a susceptibilidade de indivíduos diabéticos a infecções

Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous group of metabolic disorders characterized by hyperglycemia. Diabetic individuals are more susceptible to infections compared to healthy subjects, and hyperglycemia is one of the major contributing factors, partly because they alter the immune response. Thus, macrophages, as essential cells for the inflammatory response, may play an important role in the altered immune response of diabetic individuals. In this study, we investigated how hyperglycemia modulates bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs) under an inflammatory stimulus. To perform this study, BMDMs from non-diabetic male and diabetic C57BL/6 mice (60 mg / kg aloxane, iv) (CEUA / FCF / USP-488) were cultured under normal glucose conditions (5.5 mM) and high glucose concentration (25 mM or 40 mM) and stimulated or not with lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 100 ng / ml). Compared to non-diabetic mice BMDMs, the BMDMs of LPS-stimulated diabetic mice showed lower expression of CD38 at baseline and after 24 hours, as well as lower Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 on the cell surface, lower secretion of lactate, tumor necrosis factor-, and interleukin (IL)-10, but showed higher expression of CD80, CD86 and MHC-II, higher oxygen consumption and greater phosphorylation in stress-activated kinase/Jun-amino-terminal kinase (SAPK / JNK) p46 subunit and in extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) p42 subunit, protein kinase B (AKT) and protein kinase C (PKC)-δ as well as higher secretion of IL-6. When the BMDMs of nondiabetic mice were cultured under conditions of in vitro high glucose concentration and stimulated with LPS, the levels of TLR4 expression, nitric oxide and hydrogen peroxide were reduced. On the other hand, diabetic BMDMs that were also cultured in high glucose concentration of glucose in vitro showed increased levels of lactate and reduced phosphorylation in AKT and PKC-δ, but showed increased phosphorylation in p46 SAPK/JNK. A high glucose concentration seems to modify the behavior of macrophages, affecting different aspects of diabetic and non-diabetic BMDMs under the same LPS stimulus. Hyperglycemia leaves a glucose legacy, inducing a glycemic memory, altering the basal state of macrophages, modifying the TLR4 signaling pathway, and may play a key role in the high susceptibility of diabetic individuals to infections

Animals , Male , Mice , Hyperglycemia/complications , Inflammation/complications , Macrophages/metabolism , Lipopolysaccharides , Diabetes Mellitus/classification , Glucose
Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 52: e20190361, 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1057253


Abstract INTRODUCTION: Cutaneous leishmaniasis is caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania and transmission occurs through the bite of sandflies. It is an infectious disease, which affects skin and mucosa. The aim was to quantify the macrophages M1 and M2 and the annexin A1 expression in the skin lesions of patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis. METHODS: Skin biopsies from patients (n = 50) were analyzed and classified according to the lesion type as: exudative cellular reaction, exudative granulomatous reaction, exudative necrotic reaction, exudative necrotic-granulomatous reaction. Using the immunofluorescence technique, macrophages were identified by CD163 marker, differentiated by anti-MHCII and anti-CD206 antibodies, and annexin A1 expression was determined by arbitrary unit (a.u.) densitometry. RESULTS: In M1 macrophages, a greater expression of this protein was observed in the exudative cellular reaction type lesions (136.3 ± 2.6 a.u., assuming mean and standard derivation) when compared to the expression in the lesions of exudative granulomatous reaction, exudative necrotic reaction and exudative necrotic-granulomatous reaction patients (108.0 ± 2.3, 121.6 ± 3.2 and 124.7 ± 2.4 a.u., respectively). Regarding M2 macrophages, it was observed that patients with exudative cellular reaction lesion also had a higher expression of this protein (128.8 ± 2.6 a.u.), when compared to the expression in the lesions of exudative granulomatous reaction, exudative necrotic reaction and exudative necrotic-granulomatous reaction patients (105.6 ± 2, 113.9 ± 2.8, 114.3 ± 2.1 a.u., respectively). CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that annexin A1 is assisting macrophages in the phagocytosis process of patients with exudative cellular reaction lesion type.

Humans , Male , Female , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Young Adult , Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous/metabolism , Annexin A1/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Biopsy , Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous/pathology , Annexin A1/analysis , Macrophages/parasitology , Middle Aged
Bol. latinoam. Caribe plantas med. aromát ; 16(6): 578-585, nov. 2017. ilus, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-914944


The flavonoid 3,5-dihydroxy-7-methoxyflavanone ((-)-alpinone) isolated from sticky resinous exudate of Heliotropium huascoense was evaluated as immunostimulatory in mammalian cells . Preliminary observations had showed that (-)-alpinone had increased the expression levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine transcripts in salmonid. Due to high morbidity and mortality that infectious diseases cause in humans, we evaluate the effect of (-)-alpinone as an immunostimulant in mammalian cells. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced by macrophages activators for the destruction of pathogens; we evaluated (-)-alpinone effect in ROS generation and the proliferation of macrophages. The results showed that proliferation in Raw 264.7 cells treated with 10 and 25 µg/mL of (-)-alpinone had a significant increase in macrophage proliferation. In relation to ROS formation, cells treated with 1 and 5 µg/mL of (-)-alpinone, induce ROS formation in macrophages.

El flavonoide 3,5-dihidroxi-7-metoxiflavanona ((-)-alpinona) aislado del exudado resinoso de Heliotropium huascoense se evaluó como inmunoestimulador en células de mamíferos. Resultados preliminares habían demostrado que (-)-alpinona aumentaba los niveles de expresión de transcritos de citoquinas proinflamatorias en salmónidos. Debido a la alta morbilidad y mortalidad que causan las enfermedades infecciosas en los humanos, evaluamos el efecto de (-)-alpinona como inmunoestimulante en células de mamíferos. Dado que las especies de oxígeno reactivo (ROS) son producidas por macrófagos activados para la destrucción de patógenos, se evaluó el efecto de (- )-alpinona en la generación de ROS y la proliferación de macrófagos. Los resultados mostraron que la proliferación en células Raw264.7 tratadas con 10 y 25 µg / mL del flavonoíde tuvo un aumento significativo en la proliferación de macrófagos. En relación con la formación de ROS, las células tratadas con 1 y 5 µg/mL de (-)-alpinona, inducen la formación de ROS en los macrófagos.

Resins, Plant/pharmacology , Flavonoids/pharmacology , Heliotropium/chemistry , Immunologic Factors/pharmacology , Mammals , Tetrazolium Salts , Cells, Cultured , Reactive Oxygen Species , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Macrophages/metabolism
Braz. dent. j ; 28(4): 428-434, July-Aug. 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-888669


Abstract During insertion of titanium dental implants, particles may shear from the implant to the periimplant region causing osteolysis, and their association with bacteria can exacerbate the inflammatory reaction. However, the association of a high invasive bacterium from the oral cavity, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), and titanium particles remains unknown. This study evaluated pro-inflammatory reaction of human macrophages in contact with micro and nanoparticles of titanium associated with Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (PgLPS). THP-1 cell were used and treated for 12, 24 and 48 h following 6 groups: Control(C), PgLPS (L); Microparticles (M); Nanoparticles (N); PgLPS and microparticles (LM); PgLPS and nanoparticles (LN). The following assays were carried out: i) cell viability using MTS, ii) cell morphology by SEM and iii) expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) by qRT-PCR and ELISA. For statistics two-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's test was used (p<0.05). After treatment, cells presented similar viability and morphology demonstrating that the treatments were not able to induce cell death. Gene expression was significantly higher for TNF-α and IL1-β after 12 h, and for IL-6 after 24 h in the N and LN groups. Cytokine production over time was an ascending curve for TNF-α with the peak at 48 h and IL1-β and IL-6 had a straight line among the time points, although cells from N group presented a significant production of IL-6 at 48 h. In conclusion, these results suggest that titanium nanoparticles stimulate stronger pro-inflammatory response in macrophages, independent of their association with LPS from P.gingivalis.

Resumo Durante a inserção de implantes dentários partículas de titânio podem ser liberadas na região peri-implantar levando ao processo de osteólise e a associação com a bactéria pode exacerbar ainda mais a reação inflamatória. Entretanto, a associação de uma bactéria altamente invasiva da cavidade oral, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) e partículas de titânio ainda não foi investigada. Este estudo avaliou a reação pró-inflamatória de macrófagos humanos em contato com micro e nanopartículas de titânio associada a lipopolissacarídeo P. gingivalis (PgLPS). As células THP-1 foram utilizadas e tratadas durante 12, 24 e 48 h nos 6 seguintes grupos: Controle (C), PgLPS (L); micropartículas (M); nanopartículas (N); PgLPS e micropartículas (LM); PgLPS e nanopartículas (LN). Em seguida foram realizados os seguintes ensaios: i) a viabilidade celular utilizando MTS, ii) a morfologia celular por MEV e iii) expressão do fator de necrose tumoral alfa (TNF-α), interleucina-1 beta (IL-1β) e interleucina 6 (IL-6) por qRT-PCR e ELISA. Como estatística foi realizado o teste ANOVA two-way seguido pelo teste de Tukey (p<0,05). Após o tratamento, as células apresentaram viabilidade e morfologia semelhantes, demonstrando que os tratamentos não foram capazes de induzir a morte celular. A expressão de genes foi significativamente mais elevada para o TNF-α e IL1-β após 12h, e para a IL-6 após 24 horas em N e grupos de LN. A produção de citocinas em relação ao tempo representou uma curva ascendente para o TNF-α com o pico em 48 h, enquanto que para IL1-β e IL-6 se apresentou como uma linha reta com relação ao tempo, exceto pelo grupo N que foi significativo para IL-6 em 48 h . Conclui-se, a partir destes resultados, que as nanopartículas de titânio produziram o maior estímulo na resposta pró-inflamatória nos macrófagos, independente da sua associação com LPS de P. gingivalis.

Humans , Titanium/pharmacology , Dental Implants , Porphyromonas gingivalis/drug effects , Macrophages/immunology , Particle Size , Titanium/chemistry , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Gene Expression , Cell Line , Cytokines/genetics , Cytokines/metabolism , Porphyromonas gingivalis/immunology , Inflammation Mediators/metabolism , O Antigens/drug effects , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Macrophages/metabolism
An. acad. bras. ciênc ; 89(1,supl): 661-674, May. 2017. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-886670


ABSTRACT Mori folium, the leaf of Morus alba L. (Moraceae), has been traditionally used for various medicinal purposes from ancient times to the present. In this study, we examined the effects of water extract of Mori folium (WEMF) on the production of inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated murine RAW 264.7 macrophages. Our data indicated that WEMF significantly suppressed the secretion of NO and PGE2 in RAW 264.7 macrophages without any significant cytotoxicity. The protective effects were accompanied by a marked reduction in their regulatory gene expression at the transcription level. WEMF attenuated LPS-induced intracellular ROS production in RAW 264.7 macrophages. It inhibited the nuclear translocation of the nuclear factor-kappa B p65 subunit and the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases in LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Furthermore, WEMF reduced LPS-induced NO production and ROS accumulation in zebrafish. Although more efforts are needed to fully understand the critical role of WEMF in the inhibition of inflammation, the findings of the present study may provide insights into the approaches for Mori folium as a potential therapeutic agent for inflammatory and antioxidant disorders.

Animals , Rats , Zebrafish , Plant Extracts/pharmacology , Reactive Oxygen Species/antagonists & inhibitors , Inflammation Mediators/metabolism , Morus/chemistry , Macrophages/drug effects , Prostaglandins E/metabolism , Gene Expression , Genes, Regulator , Lipopolysaccharides , Inflammation Mediators/antagonists & inhibitors , RAW 264.7 Cells , Macrophages/metabolism , Nitric Oxide/metabolism
Braz. j. infect. dis ; 21(1): 19-26, Jan.-Feb. 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-839186


Abstract Background: Sepsis is an illness with a high morbidity for which no effective treatment exists. Its treatment has a high cost because it usually requires an intensive care unit and expensive antibiotics. The present study focus in the production of reactive oxygen species in the early stages of sepsis. This study aimed at investigating the production of reactive oxygen specie during the inflammatory response in patients with sepsis. Methods: Reactive oxygen specie production and insoluble myeloperoxidase obtained from fresh whole blood were measured by photon counting chemiluminescence in the blood of 18 septic patients and 12 healthy individuals. Modified red blood cells were evaluated by staining of blood smears. The production of reactive oxygen species by macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes put into contact with modified red blood cells were also assessed by photon counting chemiluminescence. Results: The appearance of oxidatively modified erythrocytes, which is an evidence of oxidative stress, was supported by the detection of reactive oxygen species and insoluble myeloperoxidase in the whole blood of all septic patients. Peroxynitrite was the main reactive oxygen species found in the whole blood. Oxidatively modified erythrocytes activated phagocytic cells in vitro, leading to the considerable production of free radicals. Conclusion: It was found that sepsis led to a high oxidative stress and to extensive modification of erythrocytes. It is proposed that a positive feedback mechanism, involving the activation of circulating leukocytes by these modified erythrocytes would maintain the pro-oxidative state even after the disappearance of bacteria.

Humans , Male , Female , Child , Adolescent , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Young Adult , Reactive Oxygen Species/blood , Sepsis/blood , Oxidative Stress , Erythrocytes/metabolism , Phagocytosis , Reference Values , Time Factors , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Case-Control Studies , Peroxidase/blood , Statistics, Nonparametric , Luminescence , Leukocyte Count , Macrophages/metabolism , Neutrophils/metabolism
Acta cir. bras ; 31(2): 119-125, Feb. 2016. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-775562


PURPOSE: To detect whether chitin and sepia ink sponge (CS) can promote wound healing and elevate impact of CS on phagocytosis ability of macrophages. METHODS: Forty-eight rats were assigned to four groups: Normal group (Normal), negative control group (Con), chitin and sepia ink sponge group (CS) and positive control Surgicel Gauze(r) group (SG). Deep second-degree burn model was created in rats. Wound area was recorded by digital imaging and determined using Image J software. Samples were collected and kept at -80oC on 3d, 7d, 14d and 21d for cytokines detecting. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, interleukin (IL)-6, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, hydroxyproline (Hyp) and macrophage activity reflected by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). RESULTS: Comparing to Con and SG, scabs in CS group fell off and basically healed on 21 day. TGF-β1, IL-6, MMP-1 and Hyp were significantly increased by CS and SG comparing to Con (p < 0.05), CS had more apparently adjustment on TGF-β1 and MMP-1 compared to SG; results in vitro indicated CS significantly promoted phagocytosis ability of macrophages reflected in TNF-α (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: CS improved wound healing through exerting significant influences on secretion of kinds of cytokines and activating macrophages.

Animals , Male , Wound Healing/drug effects , Burns, Chemical/drug therapy , Chitin/pharmacology , Sepia , Macrophages/drug effects , Phagocytosis/drug effects , Random Allocation , Chitin/therapeutic use , Cytokines/drug effects , Cytokines/metabolism , Rats, Wistar , Matrix Metalloproteinase 1/drug effects , Disease Models, Animal , Hydroxyproline/metabolism , Ink , Macrophages/metabolism
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 49(12): e5826, 2016. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-828173


Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a kind of gut hormone, is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Emerging evidence indicates that GLP-1 has anti-inflammatory activity. Chronic inflammation in the adipose tissue of obese individuals is a cause of insulin resistance and T2D. We hypothesized that GLP-1 analogue therapy in patients with T2D could suppress the inflammatory response of macrophages, and therefore inhibit insulin resistance. Our results showed that GLP-1 agonist (exendin-4) not only attenuated macrophage infiltration, but also inhibited the macrophage secretion of inflammatory cytokines including TNF-β, IL-6, and IL-1β. Furthermore, we observed that lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced macrophage conditioned media could impair insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. This effect was compensated by treatment with the conditioned media from macrophages treated with the combination of LPS and exendin-4. It was also observed that exendin-4 directly inhibited the activation of NF-κB in macrophages. In conclusion, our results indicated that GLP-1 improved inflammatory macrophage-derived insulin resistance by inhibiting NF-κB pathway and secretion of inflammatory cytokines in macrophages. Furthermore, our observations suggested that the anti-inflammatory effect of GLP-1 on macrophages can contribute to GLP-1 analogue therapy of T2D.

Humans , Animals , Mice , Glucagon-Like Peptide 1/pharmacology , Inflammation Mediators/pharmacology , Inflammation/drug therapy , Insulin Resistance , Macrophages/drug effects , Peptides/pharmacology , Venoms/pharmacology , Adipose Tissue/metabolism , Cell Migration Assays , Inflammation/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism
Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop ; 48(5): 560-567, Sept.-Oct. 2015. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-763329


ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION:The aim of this study was quantify annexin A1 expression in macrophages and cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4) + and cluster of differentiation 8 (CD8)+ T cells from the skin of patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis (n=55) and correlate with histopathological aspects.METHODS:Infecting species were identified by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism, and expression of annexin A1 was analyzed by immunofluorescence.RESULTS:All patients (n = 55) were infected with Leishmania braziliensis . Annexin A1 was expressed more abundantly in CD163 + macrophages in infected skin (p < 0.0001) than in uninfected skin. In addition, macrophages in necrotic exudative reaction lesions expressed annexin A1 at higher levels than those observed in granulomatous (p < 0.01) and cellular lesions p < 0.05). This difference might be due to the need to clear both parasites and necrotic tissue from necrotic lesions. CD4 + cells in cellular lesions expressed annexin A1 more abundantly than did those in necrotic (p < 0.05) and granulomatous lesions (p < 0.01). Expression in CD8 + T cells followed the same trend. These differences might be due to the pervasiveness of lymphohistiocytic and plasmacytic infiltrate in cellular lesions.CONCLUSIONS:Annexin A1 is differentially expressed in CD163 + macrophages and T cells depending on the histopathological features of Leishmania -infected skin, which might affect cell activation.

Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Annexin A1/metabolism , Leishmania/classification , Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous/metabolism , Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous/pathology , Annexin A1/analysis , Cross-Sectional Studies , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous/parasitology , Macrophages/metabolism , Macrophages/parasitology , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
Einstein (Säo Paulo) ; 13(2): 196-201, Apr-Jun/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-751420


ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the impact of traditional check-up appointment on the progression of the cardiovascular risk throughout time. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included 11,126 medical records of asymptomatic executives who were evaluated between January, 2005 and October, 2008. Variables included participants’ demographics characteristics, smoking habit, history of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, dyslipidemia, total cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides, glucose, c-reactive protein, waist circumference, hepatic steatosis, Framingham score, metabolic syndrome, level of physical activity, stress, alcohol consumption, and body mass index. Results: A total of 3,150 patients was included in the final analysis. A worsening was observed in all risk factors, excepting in smoking habit, incidence of myocardial infarction or stroke and in the number of individuals classified as medium or high risk for cardiovascular events. In addition, a decrease in stress level and alcohol consumption was also seen. Conclusion: The adoption of consistent health policies by companies is imperative in order to reduce the risk factors and the future costs associated with illness and absenteeism. .

RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar o impacto do modelo tradicional de check-up na progressão do risco cardiovascular ao longo do tempo. Métodos: Estudo coorte-retrospectivo com análise de 11.126 prontuários de executivos assintomáticos, atendidos entre janeiro de 2005 e outubro de 2008. Foram observados dados demográficos, tabagismo, doenças cardiovasculares, diabetes, dislipidemia prévios, valores de colesterol total e frações, triglicérides, glicemia, proteína C-reativa, circunferência de cintura, esteatose hepática, escore de Framingham, síndrome metabólica, nível de atividade física, estresse, consumo de álcool e índice de massa corporal. Resultados: Foram incluídos 3.150 pacientes. Houve piora de todos fatores de risco, com exceção do tabagismo, do aumento na incidência de doenças cardiovasculares e da população com risco médio ou alto para eventos cardiovasculares. Houve ainda redução na prevalência de pouco ativos, estresse e consumo de álcool. Conclusão: É prioritária a adoção de políticas de saúde por parte das empresas, para a melhora da condição de saúde e a redução dos custos advindos das doenças, além do absenteísmo a eles associados. .

Female , Humans , Gene Expression Profiling/methods , Software , Antineoplastic Agents/pharmacology , Breast Neoplasms/genetics , Internet , Interleukins/pharmacology , Macrophages/drug effects , Macrophages/metabolism , User-Computer Interface
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 48(4): 286-291, 4/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-744366


This study aimed to determine the effects of different concentrations of propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced expression and release of high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) in mouse macrophages. Mouse macrophage cell line RAW264.7 cells were randomly divided into 5 treatment groups. Expression levels of HMGB1 mRNA were detected using RT-PCR, and cell culture supernatant HMGB1 protein levels were detected using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Translocation of HMGB1 from the nucleus to the cytoplasm in macrophages was observed by Western blotting and activity of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) in the nucleus was detected using ELISA. HMGB1 mRNA expression levels increased significantly in the cell culture supernatant and in cells after 24 h of stimulating RAW264.7 cells with LPS (500 ng/mL). However, HMGB1 mRNA expression levels in the P2 and P3 groups, which received 500 ng/mL LPS with 25 or 50 μmol/mL propofol, respectively, were significantly lower than those in the group receiving LPS stimulation (P<0.05). After stimulation by LPS, HMGB1 protein levels were reduced significantly in the nucleus but were increased in the cytoplasm (P<0.05). Simultaneously, the activity of NF-κB was enhanced significantly (P<0.05). After propofol intervention, HMGB1 translocation from the nucleus to the cytoplasm and NF-κB activity were inhibited significantly (each P<0.05). Thus, propofol can inhibit the LPS-induced expression and release of HMGB1 by inhibiting HMGB1 translocation and NF-κB activity in RAW264.7 cells, suggesting propofol may be protective in patients with sepsis.

Animals , Mice , Anesthetics, Intravenous/pharmacology , Cell Nucleus/drug effects , HMGB1 Protein/drug effects , Macrophages/drug effects , Propofol/pharmacology , RNA, Messenger/drug effects , Active Transport, Cell Nucleus , Anesthetics, Intravenous/administration & dosage , Blotting, Western , Cell Line , Cell Nucleus/metabolism , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Gene Expression/drug effects , HMGB1 Protein/genetics , HMGB1 Protein/metabolism , Lipopolysaccharides , Macrophages/metabolism , NF-kappa B/drug effects , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Propofol/administration & dosage , Random Allocation , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , RNA, Messenger/metabolism
J. pediatr. (Rio J.) ; 91(2): 111-121, Mar-Apr/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-745940


OBJECTIVE: To describe the challenges faced by families caring for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Brazil and the coping strategies employed. SOURCES: Systematic review of articles published until September of 2013, without language restrictions, using quality appraisal (AMSTAR and CASP/Oxford instruments). SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS: The literature shows parental emotional overload as one of the main challenges faced by families, especially mothers. The main stressors were diagnostic postponement, difficulty dealing with the diagnosis and associated symptoms, and poor access to health services and social support. The predominant coping strategies found included information exchange between affected families and integrated healthcare network for patient and family support. CONCLUSION: ASD exerts strong influence on family dynamics, resulting in caregiver overload, especially in mothers. The Brazilian Unified Health System needs to provide comprehensive, continuous, and coordinated care to strengthen the patient-family dyad and promote the full development and societal inclusion of children with ASD. .

OBJETIVO: Descrever os desafios encontrados pelas famílias na convivência com crianças portadoras de transtorno do espectro autista (TEA) no Brasil e as estratégias de superação empregadas. FONTE DOS DADOS: Revisão sistemática da literatura com inclusão de artigos publicados até setembro de 2013, sem restrições de idioma. Os artigos incluídos foram submetidos à avaliação de qualidade metodológica por meio do Amstar e Casp/Oxford. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: Incluem-se estudos provenientes de São Paulo e Rio Grande do Sul com alta e moderada qualidade metodológica. A literatura mostra sobrecarga emocional dos pais como um dos principais desafios encontrados pelas famílias, inclusive com grande tensão sobre as mães. Dentre os fatores relacionados ao estresse estão: postergação diagnóstica, dificuldade de lidar com o diagnóstico e com os sintomas associados, acesso precário ao serviço de saúde e apoio social. Dentre as estratégias de superação destacaram-se: troca de informações entre as famílias afetadas e assistência integralizada da rede de saúde no atendimento do paciente e suporte à família. CONCLUSÃO: Observou-se que o TEA exerce forte influência na dinâmica familiar com sobrecarga dos cuidadores, geralmente da mãe. O Sistema Único de Saúde necessita prover cuidado integral, longitudinal e coordenado com vistas ao fortalecimento do binômio paciente-família e o pleno desenvolvimento e a plena inserção dessas crianças na sociedade. .

Humans , Biomarkers/metabolism , Cell Movement/physiology , Giant Cells/metabolism , Macrophages/metabolism , Neoplasms/diagnosis , Biopsy/methods , Cell Size , Filtration/methods , In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence , Kaplan-Meier Estimate , Microscopy , Neoplastic Cells, Circulating , Neoplasms/metabolism
Rev. bras. enferm ; 68(2): 278-283, Mar-Apr/2015.
Article in Portuguese | LILACS, BDENF | ID: lil-752521


RESUMO Objetivo: analisar a percepção dos graduandos de enfermagem sobre o próprio envelhecimento. Método: pesquisa de abordagem qualitativa, realizada em agosto e setembro de 2011, com 18 graduandos de enfermagem de uma Universidade pública de Salvador (Bahia). Os depoimentos foram analisados por meio da Análise de Conteúdo. Resultados: apreendeu-se o núcleo temático: Percepção do graduando de enfermagem sobre o próprio envelhecimento e, a partir deste, emergiram duas subcategorias: A) O Não Pensar; B) O contexto influenciando no processo. Conclusão: os graduandos revelam que o envelhecimento está intrínseco ao desenvolvimento humano, e possui o vínculo familiar, a espiritualidade e atividade física como ferramentas fundamentais para um envelhecimento ativo. Entretanto, os mesmos relatam que, o modo de vida acelerado e estressante vivido na sociedade possibilita inserir hábitos considerados inadequados, como o consumo de “fast food” e álcool, que trazem influências negativas para o próprio processo de envelhecimento. .

RESUMEN Objetivo: analizar la percepción de los estudiantes de enfermería sobre su proprio envejecimiento. Método: estudio cualitativo, realizado en agosto y septiembre de 2011, con 18 estudiantes de enfermería de una universidad pública en Salvador/Bahia. Los datos fueron analizados através de análisis de contenido. Resultado: incautados el tema central: Percepción de alumnos de enfermería sobre su propio envejecimiento y de esto surgieron dos subcategorías: A) No creo; B) El contexto influye en el proceso. Conclusión: los estudiantes revelan que el envejecimiento es intrínseco al desarrollo humano, y tiene los vínculos familiares, la espiritualidad y la actividad física como herramienta clave para el envejecimiento activo. Sin embargo, el mismo informe que, debido a la forma de vida que se vive en la sociedad de ritmo rápido y estresante permite insertar hábitos considerados inadecuados, como el consumo de “comida rápida” y el alcohol y convertirse en influencias negativas para su propio proceso tuvo como objetivo analizar de los estudiantes de enfermería su propio envejecimiento. .

ABSTRACT Objective: to analyze the perceptions of nursing undergraduate students on their self-aging process. Method: qualitative study carried out between August and September, 2011 with 18 nursing undergraduate students of a public university in Salvador, Bahia. The interviews were analyzed by means of the Content Analysis method. Results: the following thematic concept was apprehended: Perceptions of nursing undergraduates on their self-aging, which generated two subcategories: A) The “don’t think about it” process; B) The context infl uencing the process. Conclusion: undergraduates reveal that the aging process is an intrinsic factor to human development. Family ties, spirituality and physical activity would be key mechanisms toward active aging. However, students also reported that their accelerated and stressed social lifestyles led to inadequate habits, such as the consumption of fast food and alcohol, which become negative infl uences in their aging process. .

Animals , Mice , Brain/immunology , Encephalitis Virus, Japanese/pathogenicity , Encephalitis, Japanese/complications , Inflammation/etiology , Signal Transduction , /physiology , /physiology , Blotting, Western , Brain/metabolism , Brain/virology , /immunology , /metabolism , /virology , /immunology , /metabolism , /virology , Cells, Cultured , Cytokines/genetics , Cytokines/metabolism , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Encephalitis, Japanese/virology , Immunity, Innate , Inflammation/metabolism , Inflammation/pathology , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Mice, Knockout , Macrophages/immunology , Macrophages/metabolism , Macrophages/virology , Monocytes/immunology , Monocytes/metabolism , Monocytes/virology , Myeloid Cells/immunology , Myeloid Cells/metabolism , Myeloid Cells/virology , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , RNA, Messenger/genetics