Jose Luis Ortiz

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The endothelin (ET) system contributes to lung vascular tension and remodelling in smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. This study examined the effect of cigarette smoke (CS) on ET receptor A (ET(A)) and B (ET(B)) expression in human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (HPASMCs) and human small intrapulmonary arteries, as well(More)
The effect of dantrolene on the responses to methylxanthines (caffeine and theophylline) and a beta-adrenoceptor agonist (salbutamol) was studied in isolated guinea-pig trachea. Caffeine and theophylline (1 microM-10 mM) and salbutamol (1 nM-10 microM) produced concentration-dependent relaxation of spontaneous and stimulated (acetylcholine 1 mM) tone.(More)
The paper presents an approach to linearize the set of index 3 nonlinear Differential Algebraic Equations (DAE) that govern the dynamics of constrained mechanical systems. The proposed method handles heterogeneous systems that might contain flexible bodies, friction, control elements (user-defined differential equations), and non-holonomic constraints.(More)
BACKGROUND It is known that tight control of glucose in the Intensive Care Unit reduces morbidity and mortality not only in diabetic patients but also in those non-diabetics who become transiently hyperglycemic. Taking advantage of a recently marketed subcutaneous glucose sensor we designed an Automatic Insulin Infusion System (AIIS) for inpatient(More)
The paper presents an approach to linearize the set of index 3 nonlinear Differential Algebraic Equations (DAE) that govern the dynamics of constrained mechanical systems. The proposed method allows for treatment of heterogeneous systems with flexible bodies, friction, control elements (user-defined differential equations), non-holonomic constraints, etc.(More)
Different image techniques have been used to analyze mucociliary clearance (MCC) in humans, but current small animal MCC analysis using in vivo imaging has not been well defined. Bitter taste receptor (T2R) agonists increase ciliary beat frequency (CBF) and cause bronchodilation but their effects in vivo are not well understood. This work analyzes in vivo(More)
The effects of ouabain, amiloride, K(+)-free solution and low Na+ (25 mM) solution on the responses to CaCl2 (in Ca(2+)-free, K(+)-depolarizing solution), KCl, acetylcholine, histamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine were studied in guinea-pig isolated trachea. Ouabain (10 microM) did not alter the contractile responses to CaCl2, KCl and acetylcholine but depressed(More)
Responses to KCl and histamine and 45Ca movements were studied in trachea from normal and actively sensitized guinea-pigs. Sensitized tracheas were hyperresponsive and hypersensitive to KCl and histamine. 45Ca uptake experiments show that sensitized tracheal muscle behaves as normal except that the uptake of 45Ca in low concentration (0.03 mM) Ca2+ solution(More)
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