Alberto Romeu

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BACKGROUND The plasminogen activator (PA) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) systems are implicated in the establishment of endometriosis. The mechanisms by which these systems are involved in the pathogenesis of this disease are not well defined and controversial results have been published. The aim of this study was to analyse mRNA and protein levels of(More)
BACKGROUND Endometriosis is considered a benign disease that has the ability to invade normal tissue. As in neoplastic growth, local extracellular proteolysis may take place. The aim of this study is to analyse several components of the plasminogen activator (PA) pathway and the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) system in endometriotic tissue, endometrium and(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze three functional vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) polymorphisms (-460C/T, +405G/C, and 936C/T) in women with and without endometriosis and their correlation with VEGF expression in endometrial tissue and peritoneal fluid (PF). DESIGN Case-control study. SETTING University-based hospital. PATIENT(S) One hundred eighty-six(More)
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a disease characterized histologically by an eosinophilic infiltration of the gut. The cause of this disease remains unclear, although both food allergy and food intolerance have been implicated in its pathogenesis. We report the case of a 22-year-old man in whom gastrointestinal symptoms first appeared in childhood, with(More)
Protein C inhibitor (PCI) is a heparin-dependent serpin present in a native form in plasma at concentrations of 5 micrograms/mL. In vitro, PCI inhibits activated protein C (APC), thrombin, plasma kallikrein (KK) and urokinase-(uPA) and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), and we have shown in vivo inhibition of APC, uPA and KK by PCI. In order to(More)
Thirty-six 18-week-old nulliparous does were stimulated with a single dose of 25 IU pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin (PMSG). Ovulation was induced 48 h later with 50 IU luteinizing hormone (LH) (18 does) or 50 IU human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) (18 does) in order to determine the effects of pure urinary LH and HCG on the quality of oocytes and embryos.(More)
Purpose: The results obtained with a protocol consisting of ovarian stimulation with low doses of highly purified FSH (FSH HP), administration of a GnRH analogue to induce an endogenous surge of gonadotropins, and IUI were evaluated. These results were compared with those seen with similar FSH stimulation and hCG administration followed by IUI. Methods:(More)
Human zygotes (n = 278) from 96 in-vitro fertilization gonadotrophin-stimulated cycles were photographed in their pronuclear stage (16-18 h post-insemination). Normal morphological fertilization (two pronuclei) was observed in 215 zygotes, 17 showed only one pronucleus, 40 showed three pronuclei and six showed four. Area, perimeter and maximum and minimum(More)
The percentage of lymphocytic subsets in the blood of cases with neuralgic amyotrophy (NA), and the proliferative response of blood lymphocytes cultured with different nerve extracts, obtained from normal subjects at postmortem, were examined in 6 patients with NA and in 18 age-matched controls with shoulder pain not related to NA. Most (5/6) NA patients(More)
Twenty-nine patients 40 years of age or older were stimulated with gonadotropins, starting on day 3 of the cycle, in a total of 64 cycles (January 1983 to June 1985) for multiple follicular development for in vitro fertilization. Most patients' infertility was due to tubal disease (n = 8) or pelvic endometriosis (n = 14). The mean number of preovulatory and(More)