Francisco Zaragozá-Arnáez

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Nitric oxide (NO) has been implicated in a number of diverse physiologic processes, including regulation of vascular tone. Carbon monoxide (CO) is another endogenously generated diatomic gas that may play an important physiologic role in vascular smooth muscle homeostasis. The purpose of this study was to compare the responses to exogenous NO and CO in(More)
Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is widely used in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension while inhaled NO donors have been suggested as an alternative therapy. The differential susceptibility to inactivation by oxidative stress and oxyhaemoglobin of NO and two NO donors, sodium nitroprusside (SNP) and S-nitroso-N-acetyl-penicillamine (SNAP) were analysed in(More)
The flavonoid quercetin is metabolized into isorhamnetin, tamarixetin, and kaempferol, the vascular effects of which are unknown. In the present study, the effects of quercetin and its metabolites were analyzed on isometric tension in isolated rat thoracic and abdominal aorta, in isolated intact and beta-escin-permeabilized iliac arteries, and on perfusion(More)
Isorhamnetin and quercetin produced endothelium-independent vasodilator effects in rat aorta, rat mesenteric arteries, rat portal vein and porcine coronary arteries. The effects of the two flavonoids were similar in arteries stimulated by noradrenaline, KCl, U46619 or phorbol esters but the two flavonoids were more potent in the coronary arteries than in(More)
The maturation in the vasodilator response to nitric oxide (NO) in isolated intrapulmonary arteries was analyzed in newborns and 15- to 20-day-old piglets. The vasodilator responses to NO gas but not to the NO donor sodium nitroprusside increased with age. The inhibitory effects of the superoxide dismutase inhibitor diethyldithiocarbamate and xanthine(More)
1. We have compared the mechanisms involved in sodium nitroprusside (SNP)-induced relaxation and [Ca2+]i reduction in isolated piglet pulmonary (PA) and mesenteric (MA) arteries. 2. SNP (10(-8) M-3x10(-5) M) evoked a concentration-dependent relaxation of PA and MA (pD2=6.66+/-0.06 and 6.74+/-0.14, respectively) stimulated by noradrenaline, which was(More)
1. The endothelial modulation of the relaxant responses to the nitric oxide (NO) donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) and the KATP channel opener levcromakalim (LEM) and the interactions between these agents were analysed in isolated rat aorta. 2. LEM-induced relaxation was unchanged by endothelium removal or by the presence of L-NAME (10-4 M) or ODQ (10-6 M).(More)
We have studied the effects of the class Ic antiarrhythmic propafenone on K+ currents in freshly isolated smooth muscle cells from rat portal veins and on the spontaneous contractions in whole tissues. Under Ca2+-free conditions, when cells were clamped at -80 mV (whole-cell configuration) depolarizing steps from -80 to +50 mV induced a family of K+(More)
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