Daniel Pedro Udrisar

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We studied the ability of ATP to inhibit in vitro the degrading activity of insulin-degrading enzyme. The enzyme was purified from rat skeletal muscle by successive chromatographic steps. The last purification step showed two bands at 110 and 60 kDa in polyacrylamide gel. The enzyme was characterized by its insulin degradation activity, the substrate(More)
Cytosol (C) (100,000 x g/60 min, supernatant) from liver, brain and testis (Wistar male rats) are shown to contain insulin degrading activity (C-IDA). The regulation of C-IDA in these fractions by ligands that activate G protein and PKC were examined C-IDA from liver, brain and testis was inhibited 76%; 64% and 50% by 50 mM F- respectively. Chromatography(More)
Innumerous data support the fact that insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is the primary enzymatic mechanism for initiating and controlling cellular insulin degradation. Nevertheless, insulin degradation is unlikely to be the only cellular function of IDE, because it appears that some cellular effects of insulin are mediated by IDE as a regulatory protein.(More)
This study investigated the acute effects of green tea extract (GTE) and its polyphenol constituents, (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epicatechin (EC), on basal and stimulated testosterone production by rat Leydig cells in vitro. Leydig cells purified in a Percoll gradient were incubated for 3 h with GTE, EGCG or EC and the testosterone(More)
The beta-adrenoceptor blocker propranolol stimulated testosterone secretion by rat testicular interstitial cells (Leydig cell-enriched preparation) in vitro at concentrations ranging from 10(-5) M to 10(-4) M. Treatment of these cells with H7 (20 microM), an inhibitor of protein kinase C, reduced the stimulatory effect of L-propranolol on testosterone(More)
Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) has been shown to enhance the binding of androgen and glucocorticoid receptors to DNA in the nuclear compartment. Glucocorticoids cause hyperglycaemia, peripheral resistance to insulin and compensatory hyperinsulinaemia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of dexamethasone (D), testosterone (T) and(More)
Ethanol and acetaldehyde have been shown to inhibit testicular steroidogenesis. However the mechanism(s) of signal transduction involved in their action is still unclear. We examined the possible involvement of phospholipid-sensitive, calcium-dependent protein kinase (protein Kinase C, PK-C) in the intracellular mechanism of action of ethanol and(More)
The aim of this study was to determine if insulin is transferred to mitoplasts by insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE).Hepatic mitochondria were isolated and controlled by electron microscopy. IDE was obtained from rats muscle by successive chromatography steps. Insulin accumulation in mitoplasts and outer membrane + intermembrane space (OM + IMS) was studied(More)
Pharmacodynamic characteristics of pentoxyfylline (BL 191) related to insulin secretion by the isolated perfused rat pancreas are studied. The results obtained show that: 1) BL 191 (5 mM) is capable of stimulating insulin secretion, even in the presence of another stimulator; 2) BL 191 increases both phases of the secretion produced by constant arginine 20(More)
Protein restriction in the early stages of life can result in several changes in pancreatic function. These alterations include documented reductions in insulin secretion and in cytoplasmic calcium concentration [Ca(2+)]i. However, the mechanisms underlying these changes have not been completely elucidated and may result, in part, from alterations in(More)