Anna Serrano-Mollar

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BACKGROUND Recent clinical studies suggest that endurance sports may promote cardiac arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to use an animal model to evaluate whether sustained intensive exercise training induces potentially adverse myocardial remodeling and thus creates a potential substrate for arrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS Male Wistar rats were(More)
1. This study examines the activity of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine on bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats with emphasis on the early inflammatory phase. 2. Rats receiving N-acetylcysteine (300 mg kg(-1) day(-1), intraperitoneal) had less augmented lung wet weight, and lower levels of proteins, lactate dehydrogenase, neutrophil and macrophage(More)
Oxidative stress is involved in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis, therefore antioxidants may be of therapeutic value. Clinical work indicates that N-acetylcysteine (NAC) may be beneficial in this disease. The activity of this antioxidant was examined on bleomycin-induced lung damage, mucus secretory cells hyperplasia and mucin Muc5ac gene expression(More)
The majority of the animal models of acute lung injury (ALI) are focused on the acute phase. This limits the studies of the mechanisms involved in later phases and the effects of long-term treatments. Thus the goal of this study was to develop an experimental ALI model of aspiration pneumonia, in which diffuse alveolar damage continues for 72 h. Rats were(More)
BACKGROUND The angiotensin system has a role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. This study examines the antifibrotic effect of losartan, an angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonist, in bleomycin induced lung fibrosis and its possible implication in the regulation of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) synthesis and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression. (More)
BACKGROUND Cyclooxygenase-2, a key regulatory enzyme in the synthesis of the antifibrotic agent prostaglandin E2, is downregulated in lung tissue from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between COX2.3050 (G --> C), COX2.8473 (C --> T) and COX2.926 (G --> C) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To implement a chronic rat model of recurrent airway obstructions to study the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome. DESIGN Prospective controlled animal study. SETTING University laboratory. PATIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS 24 male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g). INTERVENTIONS The rats were placed in a setup consisting of a body chamber(More)
During the early stages of acute pancreatitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome often occurs. This is associated with the release of proinflammatory mediators into the blood, but it remains unclear why these mediators induce inflammation especially in the lung. One of the first events occurring during the progression of acute pancreatitis is the(More)
BACKGROUND An animal model mimicking all the factors involved in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is useful for investigating mechanisms because the associated comorbidity usually present in such patients is an important limitation. AIM To test the hypothesis that hypoxia/normoxia and respiratory effort have different effects on the induction of inflammatory(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with vascular disorders possibly due to systemic inflammation. To determine whether repeated episodes of OSA in a rat model lead to endothelial cell activation and systemic leukocyte recruitment in the microcirculation. Three experimental groups (apnea, sham and naive) were studied. The apnea group was(More)