Constantina Heltianu

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Histamine covalently bound to glutaraldehyde-activated ferritin was prepared as either monomers or as small aggregates of approximately 0.05 to 0.15 micrometer Diam, suitable for electron microscopic detection of histamine cellular binding sites. The histamine-ferritin conjugates (MF) maintain the histamine capability to induce the opening of endothelial(More)
Endothelial plasmalemmal vesicles (EV) are distinct membrane-bound structures characteristic for all vascular endothelia, being involved in transcytosis of plasma macromolecules. EV are considered to be similar to the caveolae (characterized by a specific peptide called caveolin) found in other cell types. Caveolin-rich membrane domains were recently(More)
The endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction is a common characteristic of various pathologies that include atherosclerosis, hypertension, and Fabry's disease. Aware of the role of eNO and ACE in EC dysfunction, we questioned whether polymorphism of eNOS and/or ACE gene may be a common denominator in these pathologies. Patients with CHD (108), HT (109), Fabry's(More)
In endothelial cells (EC), caveolae or plasmalemmal vesicles (PVs) represent a structurally and biochemically specialized membrane microdomain. Since few data are available on the biochemical composition of PVs of large vessel endothelium, we have designed experiments to isolate this domain and to analyze its chemical components. A highly purified apical(More)
Vascular endothelium was investigated by indirect immunofluorescence and immunoautoradiography for the possible presence of spectrin-like molecules. Antibodies were raised against electrophoretically purified rat, rabbit, and bovine red blood cell spectrin and against rabbit brain fodrin. Antibody specificity was assessed by immunoblotting and(More)
Extracts of isolated microvascular endothelial cells (MEC) and cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAEC) were subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), electrotransfer and incubation with albumin either radioiodinated or adsorbed to 5-nm gold particles. Both ligands reacted exclusively with two peptides of 18(More)
The uptake and transport of carrier-bound thyroxine by the endothelium were investigated by perfusing through the heart and lung of young rats radiolabeled thyroxine bound to prealbumin ([125I]T4Pa) or serum ([125I]T4S). In addition these complexes were tagged to 5-nm gold particles to obtain quantitative (radioassay) and qualitative (autoradiography) data(More)
The study aim was to investigate NOS3 VNTR, NOS3 G894T, EDN1 C8002T, ACE I/D, AGT M235T and AGTR1 A1166C in nonobese and obese T2DM patients, and their interaction with the incidence of microangiopathy. T2DM subjects (n=250; 166 nonobese, and 84 obese) were genotyped for the gene variants by PCR/RFLP. The interaction of these polymorphisms with obesity and(More)
Endothelial cells (EC) of arterial and venous origin were investigated by indirect immunofluorescence and immunoautoradiography for the presence of red cell membrane 4.1-like protein. By immunofluorescence, EC exhibited a relatively uniform fluorescent staining sometimes of a reticular pattern, distributed over the entire cell. All controls were negative.(More)