Cristina Bancells

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The life cycles of many parasites involve transitions between disparate host species, requiring these parasites to go through multiple developmental stages adapted to each of these specialized niches. Transmission of malaria parasites (Plasmodium spp.) from humans to the mosquito vector requires differentiation from asexual stages replicating within red(More)
The geographic distribution of 272 cystic fibrosis (CF) mutations has been studied by assessing the origin of 27,177 CF chromosomes from 29 European countries and three countries from the North of Africa. The most common mutations are delta F308 (66.8%), G542X (2.6%), N1303K (1.6%), G551D (1.5%) and W1282X (1.0%). The delta F508 mutation has the highest(More)
Electronegative LDL [LDL(-)] is a minor modified LDL subfraction present in blood with inflammatory effects. One of the antiatherogenic properties of HDL is the inhibition of the deleterious effects of in vitro modified LDL. However, the effect of HDL on the inflammatory activity of LDL(-) isolated from plasma is unknown. We aimed to assess the putative(More)
Electronegative low-density lipoprotein (LDL(-)) is a plasma-circulating LDL subfraction with proinflammatory properties that induces the production of chemokines in cultured endothelial cells. However, the specific mechanism of LDL(-)-mediated chemokine release is presently unknown. A characteristic feature of LDL(-) is an increased content of(More)
Electronegative low-density lipoprotein (LDL(-)) is a minor LDL subfraction present in plasma with increased platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) activity. This activity could be involved in the proinflammatory effects of LDL(-). Our aim was to study the presence of additional phospholipolytic activities in LDL(-). Total LDL was fractionated(More)
OBJECTIVE LDL(-) is a minor LDL subfraction that induces inflammatory factor release by endothelial cells. Since LDL(-) is present in plasma, its interaction with leucocytes, a cell type involved in atherosclerosis phenomena, is feasible; therefore, the aim of the current study was to evaluate LDL(-) effect on lymphocytes and monocytes isolated from human(More)
Low density lipoprotein is a heterogeneous group of lipoproteins that differs in lipid and protein composition. One copy of apolipoprotein (apo)B accounts for over 95% of the LDL protein, but the presence of minor proteins could disturb its biological behavior. Our aim was to study the content of minor proteins in LDL subfractions separated by anion(More)
Electronegative LDL (LDL(-)) is a minor modified LDL subfraction that promotes cytokine release by human mononuclear cells. The aim of the current study was to evaluate changes in gene expression induced by LDL(-) versus native LDL in lymphocytes and monocytes. Therefore, mononuclear cells were incubated with these LDL subfractions and their effects on(More)
AIMS Electronegative LDL (LDL(-)), a minor modified LDL present in the circulation, induces cytokine release in monocytes. We aimed to determine the role of the receptor CD14 and toll-like receptors 2 and 4 (TLR2, TLR4) in the inflammatory action promoted by LDL(-) in human monocytes. METHODS AND RESULTS Monocytes were preincubated with antibodies to(More)
Aggregation and fusion of lipoproteins trigger subendothelial retention of cholesterol, promoting atherosclerosis. The tendency of a lipoprotein to form fused particles is considered to be related to its atherogenic potential. We aimed to isolate and characterize aggregated and nonaggregated subfractions of LDL from human plasma, paying special attention to(More)