Alberto Monasterio

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BACKGROUND Proteolytic imbalance might determine arterial remodeling and plaque destabilization in atherosclerotic vessels. The aim of this study was to examine differences in the patterns of metalloproteinases (MMPs) and MMP inhibitor (TIMP-1) expression in advanced human atheromas, both in relation to the plaque features and the vascular bed involved. (More)
Flavonoids are polyphenolic phytochemicals that are ubiquitous in plants and present in the common human diet. They may exert diverse beneficial effects, including antioxidant and anticarcinogenic activities. In this study we tested the apoptotic activity of 22 flavonoids and related compounds in leukemic U937 cells. Several flavones but none of the(More)
Chitotriosidase protein (ChT) is the most important biochemical marker described for Gaucher disease (GD). ChT activity is increased several hundred-fold in plasma of GD patients and shows a strong positive correlation with the severity of the disease. However, a recessively inherited enzyme deficiency, with an incidence of about 6% in the Caucasian(More)
AIMS Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-mediated prostaglandin production by activated macrophages is associated with inflammation and atherosclerosis. We investigated the relationship between COX-2-mediated prostaglandin-E2 (PGE2) release, cardiovascular risk factors, and carotid atherosclerosis in apparently healthy subjects. METHODS AND RESULTS PGE2 release by(More)
The great success of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies has fueled research toward mimicry of their binding sites and the development of new strategies for peptide-based mimetics production. Here, we describe a new combinatorial approach for the production of peptidomimetics using the complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) from gastrin17(More)
The use of antibody-based miniaturized devices for microbiological applications is a field poorly investigated in the era of more developed molecular amplification techniques. A novel antibody microarray for Streptococcus pneumoniae serotyping was developed, by printing nanolitre volumes of pneumococcal serotype-specific antibodies on multi-well slides.(More)
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