José Manuel Martínez-Martos

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It is well known that oxidative stress is one of the earliest events in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis, indicating that may play a key role in this disease. In our study, we measured the levels of oxidative stress indicators (TBARS and protein carbonyls content) and the non-enzymatic (glutathione (GSH) and oxidized glutathione (GSSG)) and enzymatic(More)
We studied the in vitro effects of ethanol (25, 50 and 100 mM) on pyroglutamyl aminopeptidase activity (pGluAP), which has been reported as thyrotrophin-releasing-hormone-degrading activity. pGluAP was measured in presence or absence of calcium, under basal and K(+)-stimulated conditions, in synaptosomes and their incubation supernatant, using(More)
We evaluated the influence of a diet supplemented with olive oil (20% by weight) (OO) on the activity of glutamyl aminopeptidase (GluAP) and aspartyl aminopeptidase (AspAP), which are involved in angiotensin metabolism. Serum concentrations of total cholesterol and fatty acids were also measured. Animals fed on the OO diet gained significantly more weight(More)
Aminopeptidase A (APA) and aspartyl aminopeptidase (ASAP) not only act as neuromodulators in the regional brain renin-angiotensin system, but also release N-terminal acidic amino acids (glutamate and aspartate). The hyperexcitability of amino acid neurotransmitters is responsible for several neurodegenerative processes affecting the central nervous system.(More)
INTRODUCTION Natural venoms produced by different species of animals are very useful to distinguish between the different types and subtypes of ionic channels and neurotransmitters receptors involved in the information processing in the nervous system. DEVELOPMENT Natural venoms permit distinction between the different types and subtypes of Na+, K+ and(More)
State and function of breast depend on an endocrinological balance, the upsetting of which can be a factor favorable to the development of cancer. Enkephalins (ENK) have been considered as a particular form of adaptation to defense to the organism against neoplastic processes. However, ENK may modify the endocrine functions of glands such as the ovary or(More)
Pyroglutamyl-ended forms of amyloid-beta-peptide are present in senile plaques in some individuals with Alzheimer type dementia. Single oral administration of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor SDZ ENA 713 (rivastigmine (+)-(S)-N-ethyl-3-[(1-dimethylamino)ethyl]-N-methylphenylcarbamate hydrogen tartrate) increases basal and K(+)-stimulated pyrrolidone(More)
Aminopeptidase A activity (aspartyl aminopeptidase (AspAP) and glutamyl aminopeptidase (GluAP) exerts angiotensinase activity due to its relation to the metabolism of angiotensins in the regional brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS). This activity may also modify the free amino acid pool through the release of N-terminal acidic amino acids. Ethanol (EtOH)(More)
Given that the existence of a local renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the pituitary and its participation in the regulation of blood pressure and other biological functions are widely accepted, the aim of this work is to analyze the influence of dietary cholesterol on the activity of the enzymes involved in the metabolism of the effector peptides of the(More)
The purpose of the present study was to analyze the Ca2+ channel involved in GABA release under resting and K(+)-evoked conditions in vivo. We used microdialysis to investigate the effects of the voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blockers neomycin, kanamycin, and omega-conotoxin GVIA, and the voltage-dependent Na+ channel blocker tetrodotoxin, in the(More)