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This study has investigated the participation of altered signaling linked to angiotensin II (Ang II) that could be associated with increased Na(+) reabsorption in renal proximal tubules during chronic undernutrition. A multideficient chow for rats (basic regional diet, BRD) was used, which mimics several human diets widely taken in developing countries. The(More)
The effect of long-lasting in vivo restriction of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability on cardiac and renal P-type ATPases critical for intracellular ion homeostasis is controversial. Previous work has shown in eNOS knockout (eNOS−/−) mice hearts that Na+/K+- and Ca2+-ATPase activities were depressed but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. The goal of(More)
We investigated whether the pathways linked to Toll-like receptors 2 and 4 (TLRs) are involved in renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)-induced cardiac hypertrophy. Wild type (WT) C57BL/6J, TLR2-/- and TLR4-/- mice were subjected to left kidney ischemia for 60 min followed by reperfusion for 5, 8, 12 and 15 days. Proton density magnetic resonance showed(More)
In the present study, we investigated the development of hypertension in prenatally undernourished adult rats, including the mechanisms that culminate in dysfunctions of molecular signalling in the kidney. Dams were fed a low-protein multideficient diet throughout gestation with or without α-tocopherol during lactation. The time course of hypertension(More)
The immunophilin 12-kDa FK506 binding protein (FKBP12) stabilizes intracellular Ca(2+) release channel (CRC) activity in different tissues. In this work, the presence of FKBP12 in rat vas deferens (RVD) and its possible contribution to RVD function was investigated. Treatment under appropriate pH, temperature, and ionic conditions was used to strip FKBP12(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this work was to investigate the mechanisms by which chronic malnutrition (CM) affects vas deferens function, leading to compromised reproductive capacity. Previous studies have shown that maternal malnutrition affects the reproductive tracts of adult male offspring. However, little is known about the effects of CM, a widespread(More)
Angiotensin-(3-4) (Ang-(3-4) or Val-Tyr) is the shorter angiotensin (Ang) II-derived peptide, formed through successive hydrolysis that culminates with the release of Val-Tyr as a dipeptide. It is formed both in plasma and in kidney from Ang II and Ang III, and can be considered a component of the systemic and organ-based renin-angiotensin system. It is(More)
Ca2+ pumps are important players in smooth muscle contraction. Nevertheless, little information is available about these pumps in the vas deferens. We have determined which subtype of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase isoform (SERCA) is expressed in rat vas deferens (RVD) and its modulation by calmodulin (CaM)-dependent mechanisms. The(More)
Epidemiological and animal studies have shown that placental undernutrition impairs reproduction in adult offspring, but the underlying molecular mechanisms within the male genital tract remain unknown. Due to its special physiological characteristics in transport and the modulation of the environment to which its luminal content is exposed, we hypothesized(More)
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