Eduardo Monjaraz

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Recent data suggest that diabetes is a risk factor for pulmonary hypertension. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether diabetes induces endothelial dysfunction in pulmonary arteries and the mechanisms involved. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into a control (saline) and a diabetic group (70 mg/kg(-1) streptozotocin). After 6 wk,(More)
(1) Voltage-gated Ca2+ (CaV) channels are multi-subunit membrane complexes that allow depolarization-induced Ca2+ influx into cells. The skeletal muscle L-type CaV channels consist of an ion-conducting CaV1.1 subunit and auxiliary α2δ−1, β1 and γ1 subunits. This complex serves both as a CaV channel and as a voltage sensor for excitation–contraction(More)
Growth factors and hormones have both short- and long-term regulatory effects on the functional expression of voltage gated Ca2+ (CaV) channels. In particular, it has been reported that chronic treatment with insulin upregulates T-type channel membrane expression, leading to an increase in current density in clonal pituitary GH3 cells. Though this(More)
Leptin, a mediator of long-term regulation of energy balance, has been implicated in the release of adenohypophyseal gonadotropins by regulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion from the hypothalamus. However, a direct effect of leptin on hormone release from gonadotropes remains virtually unexplored. In the current report, we assessed the(More)
Emerging evidence suggests that the adenosine (Ado) receptors may play crucial roles in tumor progression. Here, we show that Ado increases proliferation and migration in a triple negative breast cancer model, the MDA-MB 231 cell line. The use of specific agonists and antagonists evidenced that these effects depend on the activation of the A2B receptor,(More)
The effect of chronic dexamethasone (DEX) treatment (4-5 days) on Na(+) channel expression was examined in a clonal strain of rat pituitary cells secreting growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (GH3 cells). Using whole-cell patch clamp recording, we found that DEX (1 microM) induces an 80% decrease in Na(+) current density. No concomitant changes in current(More)
A central question in adenohypophyseal cell physiology concerns the role of transmembrane ionic fluxes in the initiation of the hormone secretion process. In the current report, we investigated the effects of the growth hormone (GH) secretagogues ghrelin and GH-releasing peptide-6 (GHRP-6) on the regulation of the functional expression of voltage-gated(More)
The antimalarial drug mefloquine, is known to be a potassium channel blocker, although its mechanism of action has not being elucidated and its effects on the transient outward current (Ito) and the molecular correlate, the Kv4.3 channel has not being studied. Here, we describe the mefloquine-induced inhibition of the rat ventricular Ito and of CHO cells(More)
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the modulation of spontaneous afferent activity by ATP during embryonic development in a preparation isolated chicken inner ear. This work was performed using multiunit and single-unit extracellular recordings from the posterior semicircular canal nerve and the basilar papilla nerve. α,β-meATP, a P2X(More)
1. The effects of chronic pharmacological modulation of L-type Ca2+ channel activity on the cell surface expression of Na+ channels were examined in GH3 cells. 2. Prolonged inhibition (4-5 days) of L-channels with nimodipine caused a 50-60 % decrease in the peak amplitude of whole-cell Na+ currents recorded with the patch-clamp technique. On the contrary,(More)