Diana Álvarez

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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, and usually lethal disease associated with aging. However, the molecular mechanisms of the aging process that contribute to the pathogenesis of IPF have not been elucidated. IPF is characterized by abundant foci of highly active fibroblasts and myofibroblasts resistant to apoptosis. Remarkably,(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNA (miRNA) control key elements of mRNA stability and likely contribute to the dysregulated lung gene expression observed in systemic sclerosis associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). We analyzed the miRNA gene expression of tissue and cells from patients with SSc-ILD. A chronic lung fibrotic murine model was used. METHODS RNA was(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, irreversible disease of the lung that has no lasting option for therapy other than transplantation. It is characterized by replacement of the normal lung tissue by fibrotic scarring, honeycombing, and increased levels of myofibroblasts. The underlying causes of IPF are still largely unknown. The focus of(More)
Although different preclinical models have demonstrated a favorable role for bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (B-MSC) in preventing fibrosis, this protective effect is not observed with late administration of these cells, when fibrotic changes are consolidated. We sought to investigate whether the late administration of B-MSCs overexpressing(More)
The mechanisms of aging that are involved in the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are still unclear. Although it has been hypothesized that the proliferation and activation of human lung fibroblasts (hLF) are essential in IPF, no studies have assessed how this process works in an aging lung. Our goal was to elucidate if there were(More)
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