Emiliano Horácio Medei

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Neurotransmitter and hormone regulation of cellular function can result from a concomitant stimulation of different signaling pathways. Signaling cascades are strongly regulated during disease and are often targeted by commonly used drugs. Crosstalk of different signaling pathways can have profound effects on the regulation of cell excitability. Members of(More)
BACKGROUND Tramadol is a centrally acting analgesic, whose mechanism of action involves opioid-receptor activation. Previously, we have shown that tramadol and its enantiomers had a negative inotropic effect on the papillary muscle in which the (+)-enantiomer is more potent than (-)- and (±)-tramadol. OBJECTIVE In this study, we investigated the effects(More)
BACKGROUND The electrocardiogram of hypothyroid patients shows a series of abnormalities of cardiac repolarization due to a reduction of some repolarizing K(+) currents and an increase of the L-type calcium current. Experimental and clinical works call into question the unique role of T3 and T4 in these mechanisms and correlate increased serum TSH levels(More)
The illicit use of supraphysiological doses of androgenic steroids (AAS) has been suggested as a cause of arrhythmia in athletes. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the time-course and the cellular, ionic and molecular processes underlying ventricular repolarization in rats chronically treated with AAS. Male Wistar rats were treated(More)
INTRODUCTION In chronic chagasic patients sudden death has been reported when QT interval dispersion is increased and antibodies with muscarinic-like activity have been demonstrated to trigger arrhythmias. The aims were to investigate, in vivo and in vitro, relation between these antibodies and heterogeneity of ventricular repolarization and to identify(More)
AIMS Diabetic patients present a high level of cardiac arrhythmias and risk of cardiac sudden death. The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a key role in diabetes and cardiac diseases. The present study aimed to evaluate whether an angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) activator, diminazene aceturate (DIZE), could improve the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced(More)
Amiodarone is a potent antiarrhythmic drug commonly used in the treatment of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. Dronedarone is a recently developed iodine-free compound (Sanofi Recherche), structurally related to amiodarone. Amiodarone and dronedarone have shown similar long-term effects on sinoatrial node automaticity in vivo and in vitro in the(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have correlated protein restriction associated with other nutritional deficiencies with the development of cardiovascular and renal diseases. The driving hypothesis for this study was that Ang II signaling pathways in the heart and kidney are affected by chronic protein, mineral and vitamin restriction. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL(More)
Amiodarone (AM) is an antiarrhythmic agent widely used in the treatment of ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias. Dronedarone (DR) is a new compound with a pharmacological profile similar to that of AM, but iodine free. We previously demonstrated that chronic AM treatment reduces transmural dispersion of repolarization (TDR) in the canine heart. We(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to investigate whether the sera from chronic chagasic patients (CChPs) with beta-1 adrenergic activity (Ab-beta) can modulate ventricular repolarization. Beta-adrenergic activity has been described in CChP. It increases the L-type calcium current and heart rate in isolated hearts, but its effects on ventricular repolarization(More)