Alfonso J Sarría

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OBJECTIVE Genetic and dietary hyperhomocysteinemia has been found to decrease high density lipoproteins (HDL) and their apolipoprotein A1 (APOA1). To test the hypothesis that the presence of cysteine could normalize HDL levels in hyperhomocysteinemic cystathionine beta-synthase (Cbs)-deficient mice and that the inclusion of glycine would block this effect.(More)
Hydroxytyrosol is a phenol found in olive oil. To verify the effect of hydroxytyrosol on the development of atherosclerosis, two groups of apo E deficient male mice on a standard chow diet were used: the control group receiving only water, and the second group an aqueous solution of hydroxytyrosol in order to provide a dose of 10 mg/kg/day to each mouse.(More)
To test the hypothesis that extra virgin olive oils from different cultivars added to Western diets might behave differently than palm oil in the development of atherosclerosis, apoE-deficient mice were fed diets containing different cultivars of olive oil for 10 weeks. Female mice were assigned randomly to one of the following five groups: (1-4) fed chow(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperhomocysteinemia and hypoalphalipoproteinemia are two well-reported risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The effects of the synergistic combination of these two factors on vascular function need to be investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS Four groups of male mice were used: a control wild-type group; a group of mice heterozygous for(More)
The generation by genetic engineering of two murine models to investigate atherosclerosis, such as the apoE- and LDLr- deficient mice, is providing an extraordinaire knowledge of the effect of different nutrients on this complex disease. The present revision provides a comprehensive overview of the advances in this field that point to a remarkable(More)
BACKGROUND Squalene is an intermediate of cholesterol biosynthesis which can be obtained from the diet where it is abundant, for example, in olive oil. The effect of this isoprenoid on the development of atherosclerosis was investigated on apoE-knockout mice. METHODS AND RESULTS Two groups of animals, separated according to sex, were fed on standard chow(More)
In human reproduction, hyperhomocysteinemia has been reported as a risk factor for early pregnancy loss and congenital birth defects. Hyperhomocysteinemia is also recognized as a cause of maternal obstetric complications such as preeclampsia. The role of plasma hyperhomocysteinemia in female fertility was examined using cystathionine beta synthase knockout(More)
To study glucocerebrosidase mutations causing Gaucher disease, we have screened 30 apparently unrelated patients for the presence of 7 previous described mutations. N370S (1226A>G) was the most common mutation (43%), followed by L444P (1448T>C) (23%). To identify the other unknown mutations, we screened regions of the glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA), by SSCP(More)
The hypothesis that the unsaponifiable fraction of olive oil dramatically influences hepatic gene expression was tested in mice. Two olive oils, obtained from the same olive cultivar but by different technological procedures, were characterized to show that they differed mainly in terms of the composition/quantity of this unsaponifiable fraction. Using DNA(More)
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