Fernando Rodríguez-Pascual

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The expression of human inducible NO synthase (iNOS) is regulated both by transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms. Stabilization of mRNAs often depends on activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK). In human DLD-1 cells, inhibition of p38 MAPK by the compound(More)
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)
Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is a pleiotropic factor involved in the regulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and remodeling. In search for novel genes mediating the action of TGF-β1 on vascular ECM, we identified the member of the lysyl oxidase family of matrix-remodeling enzymes, lysyl oxidase-like 4 (LOXL4), as a direct target of(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)
AIMS Cyclosporine A (CsA) has represented a fundamental therapeutic weapon in immunosuppression for the past three decades. However, its clinical use is not devoid of side effects, among which hypertension and vascular injury represent a major drawback. Endothelial cells are able to generate reactive oxygen and nitrogen species upon exposure to CsA,(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)
AIMS The epidermal growth factor-like protein Delta-like 1 (DLK1) regulates multiple differentiation processes. It resembles NOTCH ligands structurally and is considered a non-canonical ligand. Given the crucial role of the NOTCH pathway in angiogenesis, we hypothesized that DLK1 could regulate angiogenesis by interfering with NOTCH. We therefore(More)