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)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin peptides play roles in brain tumor infiltration and associated angiogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We explored the roles of soluble and membrane-bound forms of renin-angiotensin system-regulating aminopeptidase N (APN)-, aminopeptidase B (APB)-, glutamate aminopeptidase- and aspartate aminopeptidase (AspAP)-specific activities on(More)
Oxytocinase has been reported to hydrolyse the peptide hormone oxytocin (OT). We have previously described changes in oxytocinase activity in human breast cancer, where a highly significant increase occurred in tumoral tissue. In the present work, we analysed oxytocinase activity in serum of rats with breast cancer induced by N-methyl-nitrosourea (NMU). We(More)
Pyrrolidone carboxypeptidase (Pcp) (E.C. 3.4.19.3) is an omega peptidase widely distributed in animal fluids and tissues and hydrolyses N-terminal pyroglutamic residues from biologically active peptides such as gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Previous results obtained by us showed a decrease in human breast cancer Pcp activity, suggesting that this(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)
The synthesis and molecular and supramolecular structures of the compound (6-amino-1-methyl-5-nitrosouracilato-N3)-triphenylphosphine-gold(I) with interesting abilities to inhibit tumor growth in an animal model of experimental glioma are reported. Thus, its antitumor properties, effects on both enzyme and non-enzyme antioxidant defense systems and the(More)
The intake of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids has been associated with a minor risk of cardiovascular diseases including hypertension. Changes in levels of fatty acids may also modify the cell activity and may be related with alterations in different regulatory processes. Aminopeptidases are zinc-metalloenzymes which metabolise circulating peptide(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)
Associations of breast cancer with diseases of the thyroid have been repeatedly reported, but the mechanism underlying this association remains to be elucidated. It has been reported that oxytocin (OXT) attenuates the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) release in response to thyrotrophin-releasing hormone (TRH) and decreased plasma levels of TSH as well as(More)