Juliana Almada Colucci

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Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE; kininase II) levels in humans are genetically determined. ACE levels have been linked to risk of myocardial infarction, but the association has been inconsistent, and the causality underlying it remains undocumented. We tested the hypothesis that genetic variation in ACE levels influences myocardial tolerance to(More)
Diabetes mellitus is a frequent cause of kidney function damage with diabetic nephropathy being predominantly related to glomerular dysfunction. Diabetes is capable of interfering with distinct hormonal systems, as well as catecholamine metabolism. Since mesangial cells, the major constituent of renal glomerulus, constitute a potential site for(More)
It is known that diabetes is associated with autonomic dysfunction; however, data about autonomic function in non-obese diabetic mice (NOD) remain scarce. We evaluated the autonomic profile of NOD mice. Female mice, 24-28 week old, were divided in two groups: NOD (n = 6) and control (n = 6, Swiss mice). NOD mice with glycemia ≥ 300 mg/dl were used. Heart(More)
The kallikrein kinin system (KKS) is involved in arterial and renal functions. It may have an antihypertensive effect in both essential and secondary forms of hypertension. The role of the KKS in the development of two-kidneys, one-clip (2K1C) hypertension, a high-renin model, was investigated in mice rendered deficient in tissue kallikrein (TK) and kinins(More)
Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes and one of the main causes of end-stage renal disease. A possible causal link between renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) and diabetes is widely recognized but the mechanisms by which the RAAS may lead to this complication remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate angiotensin-I(More)
Local activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several renal disorders. In this study we investigated how chronic kidney disease (CKD) modulates RAS components in an experimental model. Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups: sham, nephrectomized, and nephrectomized receiving losartan. Chronic(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Nephrotoxicity is a prominent component of the profile of chemotherapeutic agents and to date proteomics has represented the main technique to identify protein profiles in response to xenobiotic exposure. METHODS We made use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight analysis to(More)
Sepsis is an uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response against an infection and a major public health issue worldwide. This condition affects several organs, and, when caused by Gram-negative bacteria, kidneys are particularly damaged. Due to the importance of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in regulating renal function, in the present study, we aimed to(More)
UNLABELLED Renal transplant is the best treatment for patients with chronical kidney disease however acute graft rejection is the major impediment to success in renal transplantation leading to loss of the organ the first year after transplantation. The aim of this study was to identify plasma proteins that may be early biomarkers of acute rejection of(More)