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Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1) is a key element of the store-operated Ca(2+) entry mechanism (SOCE). Recently, regulation of STIM1 by glycosylation and phosphorylation on serine/threonine or proline residues has been described; however other modes of phosphorylation that are important for activating SOCE in platelets, such as tyrosine(More)
The discovery of molecular players in capacitative calcium (Ca2+) entry, also referred to as store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE), supposed a great advance in the knowledge of cellular mechanisms of Ca2+ entry, which are essential for a broad range of cellular functions. The identification of STIM1 and STIM2 proteins as the sensors of Ca2+ stored in the(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are synthesized in response to diverse stimuli, including cytokines, growth factors, hormones, and oxidative stress. Here we show that the nitric oxide (NO) donor 2-(N,N-diethylamino)-diazenolate-2-oxide (DEA-NO) and NO from murine macrophages transcriptionally regulate MMP-13 expression in vascular endothelial cells (BAEC).(More)
The use of the mammal target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors has been consolidated as the therapy of election for preventing graft rejection in kidney transplant patients, despite their immunosuppressive activity is less strong than anti-calcineurin agents like tacrolimus and cyclosporine A. Furthermore, as mTOR is widely expressed, rapamycin (a macrolide(More)
Immunophilins are FK506-binding proteins that have been involved in the regulation of calcium homeostasis, either by modulating Ca(2+) channels located in the plasma membrane or in the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RE). We have investigated whether immunophilins would participate in the regulation of stored-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) in human platelets and(More)
Cytosolic-free Ca(2+) plays a crucial role in blood platelet function and is essential for thrombosis and hemostasis. Therefore, cytosolic-free Ca(2+) concentration is tightly regulated in this cell. TRPC6 is expressed in platelets, and an important role for this Ca(2+) channel in Ca(2+) homeostasis has been reported in other cell types. The aim of this(More)
Hemostasis is an intrinsic property of the vascular system that prevents blood loss during accidental disruption of the vessel wall. Late mechanisms of hemostasis comprise vessel repair and wound healing. In contrast, the early mechanism of hemostasis comprises the quick formation of a blood cell plug, also known as thrombus, whose function is to seal the(More)
The function of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is upregulated in response to cell stimulation with growing and differentiating factors. Active mTOR controls cell proliferation, differentiation and death. Since mTOR associates with different proteins to form two functional macromolecular complexes, we aimed to investigate the role of the mTOR1 and(More)
Beneficial effects of the antioxidant L-ascorbic acid (Asc) in human health are well known. Its particular role in hemostasis deserves further consideration, since it has been described a dose-dependent effect of Asc in platelet activity. Contrary, it has been demonstrated that phenolic compounds have inhibitory effects on platelet aggregation stimulated by(More)
BACKGROUND Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in childhood, particularly in premature infants, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES To compare the hospitalization rates due to RSV infection and severity of disease between infants with and without Down syndrome (DS) born at term and without other associated risk(More)