Angel M. Municio

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Reversible endotoxic shock was induced in adult rats by i.v. injection of Escherichia coli O111:B4 lipopolysaccharide (1.6 mg/100 g). The shock progression was evaluated by measuring serum glucose levels as well as activities of aspartate aminotransferase (GOT) and alkaline phosphatase in serum. A rapid increase of serum glucose levels occurs, after LPS(More)
In this study, the fluorescent Ca2+ probe fura-2 and the fluorescent pH indicator BCECF have been used to monitor cytosolic free Ca2+ and intracellular pH (pHi), respectively, in isolated and cultured hepatocytes treated with Escherichia coli O111:B4 endotoxin. Uptake of 45Ca2+ was also measured to study the effect of endotoxin on the extracellular calcium(More)
The interaction between lipopolysaccharide from E. coli0111:B4 and rat alveolar type II pneumocytes and its influence on the functional properties of the cells and their membranes were studied. Type II cells were isolated by a novel procedure involving digestion of the lung connective tissue with elastase and Percoll-gradient centrifugation. Binding of(More)
The fluorescence probe 1,6-diphenylhexa-1,3,5-triene (DPH) was used for monitoring structural perturbations induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Escherichia coli (0111:B4) in plasma membranes of rat liver. Changes in microviscosity were observed in plasma membrane preparations from control rats after treatment with LPS and in plasma membrane preparations(More)
Platelets play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. The arachidonic acid, whose oxygenated metabolites are potent regulators of the platelet-vessel wall interactions, is released from membrane phospholipids by the phospholipase (s) system (s). These membrane-linked phenomena are strongly modulated by the membrane physical properties. The(More)
Gluconeogenesis and palmitate incorporation into triacylglycerols and phosphatidylcholine were measured in isolated hepatocytes from control and ethanol-treated rats. Basal gluconeogenesis and its hormonal response decreased in hepatocytes from ethanol-treated animals; palmitate incorporation into triacylglycerols increased. In ethanol-treated rat liver,(More)
The phosphatidylinositol cycle has been proposed to be involved in the regulation of platelet functionality through the control of cytoplasmic Ca2+ levels. However, the requirements of phospholipase C for Ca2+ has not yet been elucidated in intact platelets. The primary purpose of the present study was to investigate the Ca2+ requirements of this enzyme in(More)