Antonio Liras

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It has been long since French physician Jean-Baptiste Denys carried out the first successful blood transfusion to a human being. Using bird feathers as canules, sheep blood was transfused to a young man. The patient died soon after Denys' treatment and Denys was accused of murder. In the XXI century, known as the biotechnology century, we face new(More)
INTRODUCTION Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a general and progressive dementia and by the presence of beta-amiloide deposits. OBJECTIVE The levels of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and protein kinase C (PKC), and the relationship between these proteins, the free-radical theory and the high level of beta-amiloide in Alzheimer's disease, have(More)
There is much to be investigated about the specific characteristics of stem cells and about the efficacy and safety of the new drugs based on this type of cells, both embryonic as adult stem cells, for several therapeutic indications (cardiovascular and ischemic diseases, diabetes, hematopoietic diseases, liver diseases). Along with recent progress in(More)
We have suggested that substance P, in cerebral cortex, causes a phosphatidylinositol (PI) breakdown by a dual mechanism suggesting the involvement of either phospholipase A2 or phospholipase C. We have presently characterized further these effects. Substance P (65 pM) provoked an increase in lysoPI concomitant with a decrease in PI level. This finding(More)
Monogenic diseases are ideal candidates for treatment by the emerging advanced therapies, which are capable of correcting alterations in protein expression that result from genetic mutation. In hemophilia A and B such alterations affect the activity of coagulation factors VIII and IX, respectively, and are responsible for the development of the disease.(More)
One of the most spectacular advances in the history of scientific knowledge was the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by Watson and Crick in 1953. This enabled certain proteins to be prepared in this way for their therapeutic use in clinical practice. Today, in the first decade of the 21st century, hundreds of therapeutic proteins have been produced(More)
The University is tasked with drawing together, transmitting and maintaining knowledge, while creating an area where the ethical "sense" required for working in the field of Biology and Biomedicine can be provided. Although scientific knowledge is present on an overwhelming scale in nature and, therefore, its discovery is unceasing, this does not mean that,(More)
Background. Hemophilia is a rare recessive X-linked disease characterized by a deficiency of coagulation factor VIII or factor IX. Its current treatment is merely palliative. Advanced therapies are likely to become the treatment of choice for the disease as they could provide a curative treatment. Methods. The present study looks into the use of a safe(More)
Insulin resistance caused by dexamethasone administration to rats was accompanied by a marked decrease in the hepatocyte content of an insulin-sensitive glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol, as well as by a blockade of its hydrolysis in response to this hormone. In contrast, bilateral adrenalectomy provoked a significant increase of the cellular(More)
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