Blanca Molins

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OBJECTIVE We studied the impact of native (natCRP) and modified CRP (mCRP) isoforms on platelet adhesion and thrombus growth under arterial flow. METHODS AND RESULTS Blood was perfused over type I collagen at a wall shear rate of 1500 s(-1), and platelet deposition and thrombus growth were evaluated by confocal microscopy. natCRP and mCRP were either(More)
BACKGROUND Prompt coronary thrombus resolution, reducing time of ischemia, improves cardiac recovery. The factors triggered by ischemia that contribute to the clinical outcome are not fully known. We hypothesize that unabated inflammation due to cardiac ischemia may be a contributing factor. AIMS As a proof-of-concept, we evaluated the effect of(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the long-term efficacy and safety of the interleukin-6 receptor antagonist tocilizumab for refractory uveitis-related macular edema (ME). DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Eyes with uveitis seen at a single tertiary referral center for which ME was the principal cause of reduced visual acuity. METHODS Data were(More)
Endothelial cell phenotypes markedly differ, depending upon function and vascular bed of origin. Differences might account for specific susceptibility to pathological conditions. As leukocyte adhesion to activated endothelium is the initiating event in a range of diseases, we compared the influence of vascular bed-specific flow patterns on adhesion molecule(More)
This retrospective study investigated the efficacy of tocilizumab (TCZ), a fully humanized antibody that binds both to soluble and membrane bound IL-6 receptors, for the treatment of uveitis-related cystoid macular edema (CME) refractory to immunomodulatory therapy. Five refractory patients with uveitis-related CME who received TCZ between January and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of rosuvastatin on platelet deposition under controlled shear rate conditions and to identify new platelet proteins involved in the interaction with the activating substrate. METHODS AND RESULTS Platelet-vessel wall interaction and thrombosis take place under dynamic conditions involving the interaction of the exposed(More)
PURPOSE To report the anatomical pattern and etiological spectrum of uveitis in an urban multi-ethnic population from Barcelona, Spain. General and specific epidemiological data for the most prevalent aetiologies are also calculated. METHODS A cross-sectional study of consecutive uveitis cases was performed between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2012.(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Ozurdex (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) 0.7 mg in the treatment of uveitic macular edema in vitrectomized eyes. METHODS Data from 13 patients (17 eyes) with persistent uveitic cystoid macular edema and a history of pars plana vitrectomy in the study eyes that were treated with intravitreal injection of(More)
AIMS We previously reported that C-reactive protein bioactivity on thrombogenesis was based on loss of its pentameric symmetry, resulting in formation of monomeric C-reactive protein. Our purpose was to provide mechanistic information on the direct effects of C-reactive protein isoforms on platelet activation and provide a C-reactive protein dissociation(More)
Mammalian platelets are anucleated cell fragments derived from megakaryocytes [ 1 ] that play a vital role in several physiologic and pathologic processes such as hemostasis and thrombosis, [ 2 ] release of growth factors and modulation of infl ammatory and immune responses. [ 3 ] The contribution to hemostasis, a process during which platelets have a key(More)