Christian Pinna

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Estrogen is known to exert a protective effect against cardiovascular disease. However, women with diabetes have three times the risk as compared with age-matched non-diabetic women. Our previous study on aortic rings of ovariectomized (OVX) female rats treated with 17-beta-estradiol (E2) demonstrated that the beneficial effect of estrogen is related to the(More)
The activity of a recent K(ATP) channel opener, the N-(4-Phenylsulfonylphenyl)-3,3,3-trifluoro-2-hydroxy-2-methylpropionamide (ZM226600) was investigated on a female rat model of overactive bladder with outlet obstruction. Both ZM226600 and pinacidil instilled into the bladder (10(-7) M, 30 min) or following systemic administration (10, 100 nmol/kg e.v.)(More)
Diabetes is associated with gender-specific macrovascular complications arising from increased oxidant stress in the vascular wall. In this study, male and female rats were treated with two structurally unrelated drugs sharing antioxidant properties, lercanidipine and Leucoselect (both 3 mg/kg/day), for 1 week starting 1 day after streptozotocin-diabetes(More)
Isolated epithelial layer preparations were obtained from urinary bladders of 4-week streptozotocin-diabetic rats and used for endogenous prostaglandins E(2) and F(2alpha) determination. Tissues were incubated in modified Krebs solution under basal conditions, or in the presence of either indomethacin (5x10(-7) M), ATP (10(-5) and 10(-3) M) or bradykinin(More)
The beneficial effects of estrogen on arterial function in women are well established, whereas studies concerning the vascular role of androgens have produced conflicting results. In the present study, we examined the effects of androgen deprivation and of estrogen treatment on vascular responses in male rats. Vascular reactivity was studied in aortic rings(More)
1. Purinergic and cholinergic components of parasympathetic neurotransmission and contractile responses to exogenous alpha,beta-methylene ATP, acetylcholine, substance K, substance P, calcitonin gene-related peptide, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide and capsaicin have been investigated in the urinary bladder of hibernating hamsters (4 weeks), cold exposed(More)
1. Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is known to exert a variety of biological effects via the activation of either ionotropic P2x- or G-protein coupled P2Y-purinoceptor subtypes. In this study the effects induced by ATP and ATP analogues on rat bladder strips were characterized at resting tone and in carbachol-prestimulated tissues. 2. ATP exerted a clear(More)
In this review we list from literature investigations on rat serum proteins using electrophoretic techniques in connection with drug testing. From our own research work, we provide annotated two-dimensional maps of rat serum proteins under control and experimental conditions. Emphasis is on species-specific components and on the effects of acute and chronic(More)
In human dermal fibroblasts, brought to quiescence (G0) by serum starvation, the S phase peaked 24 h and G2/M phases 36 h after serum re-addition. Under the same conditions, ornithine decarboxylase mRNA peaked at 12 h, decreased markedly in S phase and remained low until 48 h. Conversely, ornithine decarboxylase antizyme transcript dropped to its lowest(More)
1. Purine and pyrimidine compounds were investigated on hamster proximal urethral circular smooth muscle preparations. In situ hybridization studies were carried out to localize P2Y(1), P2Y(2), P2Y(4) and P2Y(6) mRNA. Protein expression was studied using Western blotting analysis with antibodies against P2Y(1) and P2Y(2) receptors. 2. The hamster urethra(More)