Fernando J Reguillo

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An emerging body of evidence suggests that vascular remodeling in diabetic patients involves a perturbation of the balance between cell proliferation and cell death. Our aim was to study whether arteries and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) isolated from diabetic patients exhibit resistance to apoptosis induced by several stimuli. Internal mammary(More)
We sought to determine if early recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after surgical ablation is a risk factor of late failure. Between February 2004 to May 2009, 106 patients underwent surgical ablation of concomitant permanent AF with radiofrequency. Operations primarily consisted of valve surgery in 85% of patients. Hospital mortality was 2.8% (n = 3).(More)
Inflammation is a common feature in cardiovascular diseases, including diabetes mellitus. In addition to the well-known inflammatory role of cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2), this protein has also been implicated in apoptosis resistance in tumour cells. Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) from diabetic patients are also resistant to apoptosis because of an(More)
A new case of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) suffering ischemic heart disease is reported. The patient was successfully operated on in our Institution and the bibliographic search showed only another case of such an association of diseases successfully treated by surgery. This patient proves that coronary artery surgery procedures are possible when OI(More)
Inflammation is a common feature in the majority of cardiovascular disease, including Diabetes Mellitus (DM). Levels of pro-inflammatory markers have been found in increasing levels in serum from diabetic patients (DP). Moreover, levels of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) are increased in coronary arteries from DP. Through a cross-sectional design, patients who(More)
Endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) dysfunction is an important mediator of vascular disease in diabetes. We aimed to elucidate the mechanism of adhesion of EPC to diabetic and non-diabetic arteries and to study the effect of the anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated from healthy donors. Human internal mammary(More)
OBJECTIVE This study sought to evaluate the prognostic significance of the presence of DNA of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the coronary atherosclerotic lesions of patients with unstable angina. BACKGROUND C. pneumoniae has been implicated in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease by serological and pathological studies, but whether antichlamydial(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease has been linked to endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) depletion and functional impairment in atherosclerosis and aortic stenosis. EPCs may play a pivotal role in vascular grafting. However, the EPC depletion in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients has not been compared to coronary artery disease-free valvular(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to test the antiproliferative effect of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) from bypass surgery patients and the role of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta1). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS VSMC were isolated from remaining internal mammary artery from patients who underwent bypass surgery. Cell(More)
BACKGROUND Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β1) is a pleiotropic cytokine, which is deregulated in atherosclerosis; however the role of age in this process is unknown. We aimed to assess whether TGF-β1 signaling is affected by age. METHODS Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) were obtained from patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Levels of TGF-β1(More)