Artur Perez Águas

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Calicivirus infection is the major cause of the severe decrease in the stocks of wild and farm rabbits that has occurred worldwide during the last two decades. Adult rabbits (10-weeks-old) were experimentally infected with a calicivirus inoculum that killed all animals by causing rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) within 24-62 h of infection. The rabbits(More)
Macrophages are a key cell in the host response to implants and can be polarized into different phenotypes capable of inducing both detrimental and beneficial outcomes in tissue repair and remodeling, being important in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The objective of this study was to evaluate the macrophage response to 3D porous chitosan(More)
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is caused by a calicivirus infection that kills most adult rabbits 24–72 h after viral inoculation. Two liver enzymes (AST, aspartate aminotransferase, and ALT, alanine aminotransferase) were monitored in blood samples of calicivirus-infected rabbits during the short course of RHD. Values of AST were used to differentiate(More)
Young rabbits (i.e. up to 4 weeks of age) are naturally resistant to infection by rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), the same calicivirus that kills more than 90% of adult rabbits in 3 days or less. To characterize this fascinating model of age-related natural resistance to viral infection, we have studied the kinetics (from 6h up to 7 days) of(More)
It was recently proposed that the diabetes genes of non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice are linked to the Bcg gene that is associated with resistance to infection by mycobacteria; however, it has not been established whether NOD mice are resistant or susceptible to the infection, although there are previous investigations on response of NOD mice to other(More)
Immunogold ultracytochemistry and Western immunoblotting showed that polyclonal antibodies against human lactoferrin bind to the highly immunogenic 65-kilodalton (kDa) heat shock protein of mycobacteria. The fast-growing mycobacterial species Mycobacterium smegmatis showed a higher density of these receptors for antilactoferrin sera than the slow-growing M.(More)
Chronic exposure of men or rodents to low frequency/high intensity (LFHI) noise causes a number of systemic changes that make up the so-called vibroacoustic disease (VAD), a disorder that includes alterations of the respiratory system, namely, of its epithelial layer. We have investigated here the susceptibility of the tracheal epithelium of Wistar rats to(More)
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have created a demand for biomaterials with specific functions such as the ability to modify the host immune response. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of two different pro-resolution lipid mediators, lipoxin A4 (LxA4) and resolvin D1 (RvD1), in the modulation of the inflammatory response to(More)
Using domestic pigs as an animal model, we here validated a reproducible and standardized myocardial infarction (MI) surgical model, to achieve the largest possible infarct extent with the lowest morbidity and mortality. To this end, we included several anesthetic and perisurgical precautions to minimize surgical complications. Mortality and morbidity(More)
We document here by Western immunoblotting and immunogold ultracytochemistry that polyclonal antibodies against human lactoferrin (Lf) bind to tubercle and leprosy bacilli. In situ immunogold labeling of Mycobacterium leprae (present in armadillo liver and in human skin) and of Mycobacterium tuberculosis indicated that receptors for anti-Lf antibodies were(More)