Cristina Alonso-Montes

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Impaired mitochondrial function and an increased number of mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been found in brains of patients with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). The TFAM-gene encodes the mitochondrial transcription factor A, a protein that controls the transcription, replication, damage sensing, and repair of mtDNA. TFAM is on human(More)
Retinoids have been shown to enhance developmental competence of the oocyte in cattle, sheep and pigs. In this study we investigated whether exogenous retinol stimulates the bovine oocyte during its intrafollicular growth and the time limits of exposure to exogenous retinol. In addition, we also determined the efficiency of ovum pick-up techniques in(More)
Our objective was to analyse the role of endothelin1 gene (EDN1) variation in essential left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). We searched for EDN1 variants in 145 Spanish patients with an essential form of LVH (not secondary to hypertension, aortic stenosis, or any other disease that could explain the hypertrophy). The five EDN1 coding exons and 1.5 kilobases(More)
Mitochondrial function is necessary to supply the energy required for cell metabolism. Mutations/polymorphisms in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) controls the transcription of mtDNA and regulates the mtDNA-copy number, thus being important for maintaining ATP(More)
We sequenced the coding exons of the cardiac troponins T (TNNT2) and I (TNNI3) genes in 115 Spanish HCM-patients (32% with a family history of the disease). Only two (2%) had mutations in the TNNT2 (Arg278>Cys and Arg92>Lys). These mutations were associated with variable clinical outcomes. No patient had TNNI3-mutation. We also genotyped these patients and(More)
BACKGROUND The conversion of retinol (ROH) to retinoic acid (RA) is crucial during development but has been not studied during blastocyst formation. METHODS AND RESULTS In vitro-produced bovine morulae were treated for 24 h with citral (which inhibits the synthesis of RA from ROH), citral + all trans retinoic acid (ATRA), ATRA or no additives. Citral(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by mutations in genes encoding sarcomeric proteins. Its variable phenotype suggests the existence of modifier genes. Myocyte enhancer factor (MEF) 2C could be important in this process given its role as transcriptional regulator of several cardiac genes. Any variant affecting MEF2C expression and/or function may impact(More)
In multiple ovulation and embryo transfer (MOET) programmes in cattle, a considerable number of morphologically poor-quality embryos continue to be produced; this is one of the limiting factors of the technique. Apoptosis has often been implicated in developmental arrest and fragmentation; these are regarded as poor traits of embryonic quality in mammalian(More)
Bone loss and increased fractures are common complications in chronic kidney disease. Because Wnt pathway activation is essential for normal bone mineralization, we assessed whether Wnt inhibition contributes to high-phosphorus-induced mineralization defects in uremic rats. By week 20 after 7/8 nephrectomy, rats fed a high-phosphorus diet had the expected(More)