Francesca Bellucci

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1. The effects of the novel mammalian tachykinin, hemokinin 1 (HEK-1), have been investigated by radioligand binding and functional in vitro and in vivo experiments. 2. Similar to SP (K(i)=0.13 nM), HEK-1 inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner and with high affinity [(3)H]-substance P (SP) binding to human NK(1) receptor (K(i)=0.175 nM) while its(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Icatibant is a well-known kinin B₂ receptor antagonist currently used for angiooedema attacks. MEN16132 is a non-peptide B₂ receptor antagonist, more potent and long lasting than icatibant in different models. Here we studied the reasons for these differences between the two antagonists. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Rate of reversibility(More)
The pharmacological characterization of the novel nonpeptide antagonist for the B2 receptor, namely MEN16132 (4-(S)-Amino-5-(4-{4-[2,4-dichloro-3-(2,4-dimethyl-8-quinolyloxymethyl)phenylsulfonamido]-tetrahydro-2H-4-pyranylcarbonyl}piperazino)-5-oxopentyl](trimethyl)ammonium chloride hydrochloride) is presented. The affinity of MEN16132 for the bradykinin B2(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In osteoarthritis (OA), bradykinin (BK) is known to contribute to pain and synovitis, but not to cartilage degradation. Here, we investigated effects of BK and its antagonists on chondrocytes, cells involved in cartilage homeostasis. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH BK receptor density and affinities of BK, its analogues and antagonists were(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Bradykinin (BK) and B2 receptors have been implicated in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis (OA), and synovitis is one of its hallmarks. Here, the selective B2 receptor antagonists MEN16132 and icatibant have been pharmacologically characterized in human synovial cells. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Radioligand and functional studies(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Kinins have an important role in inflammatory cystitis and in animal pathophysiological models, by acting on epithelium, fibroblasts, sensory innervation and smooth muscle. The aim of this study was to characterize the receptors responsible for direct motor responses induced by kinins on human detrusor. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Human(More)
The pharmacology of peptide and non-peptide bradykinin B2 receptor ligands was evaluated in the inositol phosphate (IP) production assay in CHO cells expressing the human bradykinin B2 receptor. The effect of single and double alanine mutation of D266 and D284 residues at the human bradykinin B2 receptor was evaluated on the agonist profile of bradykinin(More)
The pharmacological profile of the bradykinin B(2) receptor antagonist MEN16132 at the rat B(2) receptor has been investigated and compared with that of icatibant (formerly Hoe 140). Antagonist affinity has been measured through radioligand binding experiments with membranes prepared from uterine and airway tissue. MEN16132 inhibited [(3)H]bradykinin(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim was to characterize the recently discovered non-peptide antagonist MEN16132 at the mouse B2 receptor, relative to other antagonists. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH [3H]-BK binding experiments used mouse lung and ileum tissue membranes and antagonist potency was measured in the isolated ileum contractility assay. KEY RESULTS Two BK(More)
Several species-related differences have been reported in kinin B(2) receptor pharmacology. The present study aimed to evaluate the affinity of the bradykinin B(2) receptor antagonist MEN16132 for the rabbit and pig B(2) receptor, and radioligand binding experiments using [(3)H]bradykinin and membranes of rabbit and pig ileum smooth muscle were conducted.(More)