Armando J. Mendez

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OBJECTIVE There is increased interest in measuring peripheral oxytocin levels to better understand the role of this peptide in mammalian behavior, physiology, and disease. The purpose of this study was to compare methods for plasma oxytocin measurement using a commercially available enzyme immunoassay (EIA) and radioimmunoassay (RIA), to evaluate the need(More)
Myeloperoxidase, a heme protein expressed by professional phagocytic cells, generates an array of oxidants which are proposed to contribute to tissue damage during inflammation. We now report that enzymatically active myeloperoxidase and its characteristic amino acid oxidation products are present in human brain. Further, expression of myeloperoxidase is(More)
Research on the neurobiological and behavioral effects of oxytocin (OT), as well as on its possible therapeutic applications, has intensified in the past decade. Accurate determination of peripheral OT levels is essential to reach meaningful conclusions and to motivate, support and inform clinical interventions. Different, but concordant, methods for(More)
Dengue fever is a growing public health concern around the world and despite vaccine development efforts, there are currently no effective dengue vaccines. In the present study we report the induction of protective antibodies against dengue virus by DNA immunization with domain III (DIII) region of the envelope protein (E) in a mouse model. The DIII region(More)
Apolipoproteins, such as apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), can stimulate cholesterol efflux from cells expressing the ATP binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1). The nature of the molecular interaction between these cholesterol acceptors and ABCA1 is controversial, and models suggesting a direct protein-protein interaction or indirect association have been(More)
Oxytocin is synthesized and released in the heart and vasculature, tissues that also express oxytocin receptors. Although it has been established this intrinsic cardiovascular oxytocin system is important in normal homeostatic cardiac and vascular regulation, a role for this system in cardiovascular pathophysiology has not been investigated. The current(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine percentages of persons with chronic paraplegia who qualify for lipid-lowering therapeutic lifestyle intervention (TLI) as assessed by authoritative guidelines. DESIGN Cross-sectional. SETTING Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS Forty-one subjects (mean age +/- standard deviation, 34+/-11 y) with motor-complete paraplegia(More)
Pulse pressure (PP), a marker of arterial stiffness, predicts cardiovascular risk. We aimed to determine whether augmentation pressure (AP) derived from the aortic pressure waveform predicts major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and death independently of PP in patients with established coronary artery disease (CAD). We prospectively followed-up 297(More)
Accumulating evidence has shown a strong association between the metabolic syndrome (MS) and a chronic inflammatory state predisposing to atherosclerosis. We investigated leukocyte, platelet, and endothelial activation markers and cellular interactions in 33 patients with the MS and 25 healthy controls. Using flow cytometry, we measured: (1)P-selectin(More)
The ABCA1 transporter contains two large domains into which many of the genetic mutations in individuals with Tangier disease fall. To investigate the structural requirements for the cellular cholesterol efflux mediated by ABCA1, we have determined the topology of these two domains and generated transporters harboring five naturally occurring missense(More)