C. Bonfante - Rodriguez

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BACKGROUND Cardiomyocyte-specific overexpression of aldosterone synthase in male (MAS) mice induces a nitric oxide-independent coronary dysfunction. Because calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channels are essential for vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) relaxation, we hypothesized that aldosterone alters their expression and/or function in VSMCs. METHODS(More)
Milk proteins are frequently used as supplements in fortified foods. However, processing produces chemical changes which likely affect the nutritional advantage. This study was intended to explore the possible difference in digestibility between extruded and non-extruded caseins and how the dietary N ε -carboxymethyllysine (CML) is metabolised. Normal rats(More)
Selective targeting of diseased cells can increase therapeutic efficacy and limit off-target adverse effects. We developed a new tool to selectively perforate living cells with functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and near-infrared (NIR) femtosecond (fs) laser. The receptor CD44 strongly expressed by cancer stem cells was used as a model for selective(More)
We characterized the surface phenotype of B cells from HIV+ children in order to better understand the biology of B cell dysregulation. Twenty-nine HIV-infected, twenty-one exposed, and nineteen age-matched control children were studied for expression of CD5, CD10, CD21, CD23, CD25, CD62L, CD71, and CD69. We conclude that, despite persistent high(More)
BACKGROUND Fibrin glue has proven to be a good delivery system for cell transplantation but the factors that influence the fibrin-cell relationships are not well understood. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of different concentrations of fibrin glue components (thrombin and fibrinogen) on the function of pancreatic islets. METHOD Islets(More)
OBJECTIVE Enzymatic digestion of the pancreas is a fundamental step in islet isolation and there are many ways to administer the enzyme during procurement. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of different methods of Liberase delivery during pancreas harvest on the quality and quantity of islets. METHODS Depending on the type of Liberase(More)
Background: Chagas disease is still a public health problem because of the remaining high prevalence, the expansion of the disease into developed countries and the re-emergences by oral transmission outbreaks. Chagas cardiomyopathy evolves as a consequence of an autonomic unbalance where the parasympathetic tone is undermined. Objective: To determine the(More)
We tested the hypothesis that heart rate (HR) reduction, induced by the selective hyperpolarization-activated current inhibitor ivabradine (Iva), might improve left ventricular (LV) function, structure, and electrical remodeling in severe post-myocardial infarction (MI) chronic heart failure (HF). MI was produced in adult male Wistar rats. After 2 mo,(More)