Débora A Casolari

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The purpose of the present work was to investigate whether conversion of exogenous applied big-endothelin-1 (Big-ET-1) as well as the basal release and mRNA levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) is altered by ethanol consumption in the rat carotid. The measurement of the contraction induced by Big-ET-1 served as an indicative of functional endothelin(More)
We aimed to functionally characterize endothelin (ET) receptors in the rat carotid artery. mRNA and protein expressions of both ETA and ETB receptors, evaluated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western immunoblotting, were detected in carotid segments. Immunohistochemical assays showed that ETB receptors are expressed in the(More)
We investigated the mechanisms involved in the enhancement of endothelin (ET)-1 vascular reactivity induced by ethanol consumption. Ethanol intake for 2, 6, and 10 weeks enhanced the ET-1-induced contractile response of endothelium-intact but not endothelium-denuded rat carotid rings independently of the treatment duration. Conversely, phenylephrine-induced(More)
Objective: The effects of insulin on intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1-mediated leukocyte adhesion and migration were investigated. Methods: Diabetic rats (alloxan, 42 mg/kg, i. v., 42 days), matching controls, and insulin (NPH, 2 IU/day for 12 days) treated diabetic rats were used. The internal spermatic fascia of the animals was used for direct(More)
The PKC apoptosis WT1 regulator gene, also named prostate apoptosis response-4 (PAR-4), encodes a pro-apoptotic protein that sensitizes cells to numerous apoptotic stimuli. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and 17β-estradiol (E2), two important factors for breast cancer development and progression, have been shown to down-regulate PAR-4 expression and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There are interactions between endothelin-1 (ET-1) and endothelial vascular injury in hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy), but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we evaluated the effects of HHcy on the endothelin system in rat carotid arteries. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Vascular reactivity to ET-1 and ET(A) and ET(B) receptor(More)
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