Ana Maria Merino

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Lupus nephritis (LN) is an autoimmune disorder in which co-stimulatory signals have been involved. Here we tested a cholesterol-conjugated-anti-CD40-siRNA in dendritic cells (DC) in vitro and in a model of LPS to check its potency and tissue distribution. Then, we report the effects of Chol-siRNA in an experimental model of mice with established lupus(More)
Lack of Klotho expression in mice leads to premature aging and age-related diseases, including vascular diseases. The aim of this study was to determine how endothelial cell line senescence affects Klotho expression and whether intra- or extracellular Klotho has any effect on the response of senescent cells to oxidative stress. The study was performed using(More)
The research field on extracellular vesicles (EV) has rapidly expanded in recent years due to the therapeutic potential of EV. Adipose tissue human mesenchymal stem cells (ASC) may be a suitable source for therapeutic EV. A major limitation in the field is the lack of standardization of the challenging techniques to isolate and characterize EV. The aim of(More)
Renal dysfunction is closely associated with endothelial damage leading to cardiovascular disease. However, the extent to which endothelial damage induced by uremia is modulated by aging is poorly known. Aging can render endothelial cells more susceptible to apoptosis through an oxidative stress-dependent pathway. We examined whether senescence-associated(More)
The purpose of the present study was to analyze the long-term regulation of renal bumetanide-sensitive Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransporter and thiazide-sensitive Na+-Cl- cotransporter gene expression during changes in NaCl and water metabolism. Male Wistar rats exposed to high or low NaCl intake, saline loading, dehydration, water loading, and furosemide(More)
Ischemia-reperfusion occurs in a great many clinical settings and contributes to organ failure or dysfunction. CD154-CD40 signaling in leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions or T-cell activation facilitates tissue inflammation and injury. Here we tested a siRNA anti-CD40 in rodent warm and cold ischemia models to check the therapeutic efficacy and(More)
Extracellular vesicles (EV) have emerged as important mediators of intercellular communication. By their origin, we can find vesicles derived from plasma membrane such as microvesicles, ectosomes, and membrane particles or exosomes, which originate in the endosomal membrane compartment. They contain numerous proteins, lipids, and even nucleic acids like(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients show evidence of chronic inflammation with mononuclear cell activation which is mainly caused by uraemia itself and is exacerbated by haemodialysis. Small fragments of bacterial DNA (DNAb) are ubiquitous contaminants, which are capable of passing through dialyser membranes causing the stimulation of cells of(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES This study tries to assess the endothelial function in vivo using flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) and several biomarkers of endothelium formation/restoration and damage in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) syndrome at baseline and after three months with CPAP therapy. DESIGN Observational study, before and after CPAP therapy. (More)