Giuseppina Gaia

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Oxidative stress is a condition in which oxidant metabolites exert toxic effects because of their increased production or an altered cellular mechanism of protection. The heart needs oxygen but it is also susceptible to oxidative stress, which occurs during post-ischaemic reperfusion, for example. Ischaemia causes alterations in the defence mechanisms(More)
BACKGROUND Cytokine activation and endothelial dysfunction are typical phenomena of congestive heart failure (CHF). We tested the hypothesis that incubating human umbilical vein endothelial cells with serum from patients with CHF will downregulate endothelial constitutive nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and induce apoptosis. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 21(More)
The majority of calcium antagonists used clinically belong to three distinct chemical classes: the phenylalkylamines, the dihydropyridines, and the benzothiazepines. In recent years their mode of action has been unravelled, their limitations recognized, and their efficacy and use in the management of patients with a broad spectrum of cardiovascular and(More)
In order to elucidate the relationship between hypertension and hypertrophy in the production of heat shock proteins, we studied the induction of the HSP72 synthesis by the heart and gracilis muscles of normo (WKY) and hypertensive (SHR) rats subjected to hyperthermia (42°C±0.5 for 15 min). Two age groups were investigated in each strain: young (2 months,(More)
We studied plasma concentration, content, and mRNA for atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP-mRNA) in heart chambers of monocrotaline-treated rats. Three distinct groups emerged: group 1, with moderate congestive heart failure (CHF; pleural effusion < 1 ml; no peritoneal effusion); group 2, with severe CHF (pleural and peritoneal effusion > 1 ml); and group 3,(More)
We determined the temperature-induced synthesis of the 72-kD heat-shock protein (hsp72) in hearts of normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) subjected to whole-body hyperthermia (42.0 +/- 0.5 degrees C for 15 minutes). The animals were studied at three different ages: young (2 months), adult (6 months), and old (18 months). The hsp72 was(More)
OBJECTIVES During cardiac failure several ontogenically developed adaptional mechanisms are activated. Among these, heat-shock proteins (HSP) are expressed in response to stress. The aim of the present study was to investigate the HSP72 protein expression in lungs, liver, cardiac and skeletal muscles during congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS CHF was(More)
In the heart mitochondria exert two roles essential for cell survival: ATP synthesis and maintainance of Ca2+ homeostasis. These two processes are driven by the same energy source: the H+ electrochemical gradient (ΔμH) which is generated by electron transport along the inner mitochondrial membrane. Under aerobic physiological condition mitochondria do not(More)
Nitric oxide (NO), the free radical that accounts for the biological activity of endothelium-derived relaxing factor, is synthesized from L-arginine by NO synthase (NOS). There is evidence that NO availability is reduced in the peripheral vasculature of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of(More)
AIMS We studied the induction of monocytic inducible nitric oxide synthase expression and the tumour necrosis factor-alpha system in patients with congestive heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS Forty-three congestive heart failure patients and 15 healthy subjects were studied. Antigenic tumour necrosis factor-alpha and its soluble receptors, measured by(More)