Emilio J. Córdova

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OBJECTIVES The heme oxigenase 1 (HO-1), a rate-limiting enzyme for heme degradation, is an important cytoprotective protein. Transcriptional activity of HO-1 coding gene (HMOX1) can be regulated by the presence of a dinucleotide repeat polymorphism (GT)n at its promoter region. Accordingly, length of (GT)n repeat has been associated with susceptibility to(More)
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is one of the most frequent hematological neoplasia worldwide. The abnormal accumulation of reactive oxygen species may be an important factor in CML development. The transcription factor NRF2 can regulate the transcription of a battery of antioxidant and detoxificant genes after heterodimerizing with small-Maf proteins.(More)
Bladder cancer is one of the most important diseases associated with arsenic (As) exposure in view of its high prevalence and mortality rate. Experimental studies have shown that As exposure induces cell proliferation in the bladder of sodium arsenite (iAsIII) subchronically treated mice. However, there is little available information on its effects on the(More)
Inorganic arsenic (iAs), a major environmental contaminant, has risen as an important health problem worldwide. More detailed identification of the molecular mechanisms associated with iAs exposure would help to establish better strategies for prevention and treatment. Although chronic iAs exposures have been previously studied there is little to no(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease associated with oxidative stress and characterized by chronic inflammation. Kidney malfunction, an aggressive characteristic of this disease, is not present in all affected individuals. The Nrf2-Keap1 pathway is important in protecting against oxidative stress and inflammation. Mouse models and(More)
The biochemical bases for hormone dependence in breast cancer have been recognized as an important element in tumor resistance, proliferation and metastasis. On this respect, dexamethasone (Dex) dependent protection against TNF-alpha-mediated cell death in the MCF-7 cell line has been demonstrated to be a useful model for the study of this type of cancer.(More)
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is among the most important public health problems worldwide, and is recognized as a major risk factor for various illnesses, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Recently, oxidative stress has been suggested as part of MetS aetiology. The heme oxygenase 1 (HMOX1) and NADH:quinone oxidoreductase(More)
IMPORTANCE Latino populations have one of the highest prevalences of type 2 diabetes worldwide. OBJECTIVES To investigate the association between rare protein-coding genetic variants and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in a large Latino population and to explore potential molecular and physiological mechanisms for the observed relationships. DESIGN,(More)
INTRODUCTION Environmental factors causing oxidative stress are known to be associated with asthma morbidity. The antioxidative gene NFE2L2 has been implicated in asthma development in mice models. In humans, the SNPs -617C/A and -653G/A, located at the promoter region of NFE2L2 gene, have been found associated with the susceptibility to develop diverse(More)
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a key enzyme in folate metabolism. Folate deficiency has been related to several conditions, including neural tube defects (NTDs) and cardiovascular diseases. Hence, MTHFR genetic variants have been studied worldwide, particularly the C677T and A1298C. We genotyped the C677T and A1298C MTHFR polymorphisms in(More)