Cristina M Vescina

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The effects of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) on bile secretion were studied in the rat. ANF was injected 'in bolus' (5.0 micrograms/kg) every 30 min into the jugular vein. The common bile duct was cannulated and bile samples were collected every 30 min for 120 min. Systemic blood arterial pressure was registered before and after the administration of ANF.(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic renal failure (CRF) patients usually suffer from pruritus. The pathophysiology of pruritus is still incompletely understood. SUBJECTS, MATERIALS AND METHODS In this paper we determined serum total bile acids (STBA) in hemodialysis patients with advanced CRF (ACRF) in order to obtain STBA concentration in predialysis, to assess their(More)
Little is known about the role of centrally applied peptides in the regulation of bile secretion. We previously reported that the intravenous injection of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) reduces bile acid dependent flow without affecting portal venous pressure in the rat. In the present work, we studied the effects of centrally applied ANF on bile secretion(More)
C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is a member of the natriuretic peptide family. Previous studies reported the presence of natriuretic peptide receptors and mRNA CNP in the liver. In the present work, we sought to establish the role of CNP in the regulation of bile secretion in the rat and the possible pathways involved.CNP diminished basal as well as bile(More)
We studied the degradation of mixtures of o-cresol, m-cresol, and p-cresol, by Pseudomonas putida isolated from natural sources, and the application of this degradation to the depuration and detoxification of synthetic and industrial wastewater. Biodegradation assays were performed in batch and continuous-flow fixed-bed aerobic reactors. Biodegradation was(More)
The effects of high doses of ursodeoxycholic acid on bile acid composition and the liver morphology was examined in 60 male Syrian golden hamsters. The animals were allocated to five groups: I, control; II and IV received 0.5 g and 1 g of ursodeoxycholic acid per 100 g of standard diet respectively over 30 days and III and V received 0.5 g and 1 g of(More)
The biotransformation of flecainide to serum fluoride after the oral administration of 100 mg to six healthy subjects was studied. Fluoride, flecainide acetate, calcium and alkaline phosphatase serum levels were determined at 0, 3, 4.5 and 6 hours after administration. Higher mean serum concentrations for fluoride and alkaline phosphatase (P less than 0.01,(More)
1. Current evidence supports that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is the brain natriuretic peptide. Natriuretic peptide receptors and mRNA CNP have been reported in the liver and in discrete areas and nucleus of the central nervous system involved in the regulation of gastrointestinal physiology. In the present work, we sought to establish the role of CNP(More)
The role of Endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the central nervous system is not fully understood yet although several studies strongly support its neuromodulatory role. A high density of endothelin receptors is present in the dorsal vagal complex that is the major site for the regulation of the digestive function. Therefore in the present study we sought to establish(More)
The modification in the composition of bile acids in hamster by the administration of high dose of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) was investigated. Male Golden Syrian hamsters were divided into five groups: a control group, two groups that received 0.5 g of UDCA per 100 g of standard diet during 30 and 60 days and another two groups that received 1 g of UDCA(More)