Fernando Rodríguez-Pascual

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Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21-amino-acid potent vasoconstrictor peptide that is mainly produced by vascular endothelial cells. Expression of the ET-1 gene is subject to complex regulation by numerous factors, among which transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is one of the most important. It has been widely documented that TGF-beta increases ET-1 mRNA and(More)
The soluble form of guanylyl cyclase (sGC) plays a pivotal role in the transduction of inter- and intracellular signals conveyed by nitric oxide. Here, a feedback inhibitory mechanism triggered by cyclic guanosine-3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP)-dependent protein kinase (PKG) activation is described. Preincubation of chromaffin cells with C-type natriuretic(More)
The effects of the membrane-permeable cGMP analogue, 8-bromoguanosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate on acetylcholine-evoked catecholamine secretion and cytosolic calcium increases were studied in chromaffin cells from the bovine adrenal gland. Preincubation with 100 microM 8-bromoguanosine 3':5'-cyclic monophosphate during 10 and 30 min decreased the(More)
This study was designed to evaluate whether the enzymes of the nitric oxide/cyclic-GMP pathway, nitric oxide synthase and soluble guanylyl cyclase, are functionally coupled in controlling catecholamine secretion in primary cultures of bovine chromaffin cells. In immunocytochemical studies, 80-85% of the tyrosine hydroxylase-positive chromaffin cells also(More)
In acute inflammation, the transcription factor NF-kappaB is activated and increases the expression of multiple pro-inflammatory genes. Agonists of peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPAR) have been reported to exert antiinflammatory effects in various systems. In keeping with such an antiinflammatory role, it was found that several PPAR agonists,(More)
Activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors commonly affects gene expression in different neurons. We reported previously that chronic treatment of rat cerebellar granule cells with NMDA (24 hours) upregulates the expression of mRNA encoding the alpha2 subunit of the nitric-oxide-sensitive guanylyl cyclase. However, the molecular(More)
Endothelin 1 (ET-1) is a key regulator of vascular homeostasis. We have recently reported that the presence of Human antigen class I, HLA-B35, contributes to human dermal microvascular endothelial cell (HDMEC) dysfunction by upregulating ET-1 and proinflammatory genes. Likewise, a Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) ligand, Poly(I:C), was shown to induce ET-1(More)
The distribution of the diadenosine tetraphosphate high-affinity binding sites has been studied in rat brain by an autoradiographic method using [3H]diadenosine tetraphosphate as the ligand. The binding characteristics are comparable to those described in studies performed on rat brain synaptosomes. White matter is devoid of specific binding. The range of(More)
Collagens constitute a large family of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins that play a fundamental role in supporting the structure of various tissues in multicellular animals. The mechanical strength of fibrillar collagens is highly dependent on the formation of covalent cross-links between individual fibrils, a process initiated by the enzymatic action of(More)
The Workshop on Cardiovascular Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease, served to discuss the current knowledge on the mechanisms integral to extracellular matrix homeostasis that are fundamental to understanding the pathological basis of several cardiovascular diseases, including the development of cardiac fibrosis in response to cardiac hypertrophy and(More)