Laura Brion

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MAP kinases (MAPKs), such as ERK1/2, exert profound effects on a variety of physiological processes. In steroidogenic cells, ERK1/2 are involved in the expression and activation of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein, which plays a central role in the regulation of steroidogenesis. In MA-10 Leydig cells, LH and chorionic gonadotropin (CG) trigger(More)
Ultrasound (US) is a safe and accurate imaging method in the evaluation of the urinary tract. It should be the first procedure used in the neonate to confirm prenatal diagnosis, in patients with a malformation in another organ system that is known to be associated with kidney anomalies, in patients presenting with a spontaneous pneumothorax, in cases of an(More)
RATIONALE In human genetic studies a single nucleotide polymorphism within the salt-inducible kinase 1 (SIK1) gene was associated with hypertension. Lower SIK1 activity in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) leads to decreased sodium-potassium ATPase activity, which associates with increased vascular tone. Also, SIK1 participates in a negative feedback(More)
Testicular function is highly dependent on temperature control. In Leydig testicular cells, the signaling pathway activated by heat stress is poorly defined. Here we describe the molecular events triggered by heat shock (HS, 10 min, 45 degrees C) in MA-10 cells. HS produced a rapid and transient activation of ERK1/2 and JNK kinases, and also increased MAP(More)
The protein kinase liver kinase B1 (LKB1) regulates cell polarity and intercellular junction stability. Also, LKB1 controls the activity of salt-inducible kinase 1 (SIK1). The role and relevance of SIK1 and its downstream effectors in linking the LKB1 signals within these processes are partially understood. We hypothesize that SIK1 may link LKB1 signals to(More)
Several stimuli, including stress conditions, promote the activation of MAP kinases family members (ERK1/2, JNK, p38). In turn, these enzymes regulate several cellular functions. Given that MAPK activation requires the phosphorylation of these proteins, their inactivation depends on the activity of specific phosphatases. MAPK phosphatase-1 (MKP-1), a(More)
Cardiac left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) constitutes a major risk factor for heart failure. Although LVH is most commonly caused by chronic elevation in arterial blood pressure, reduction of blood pressure to normal levels does not always result in regression of LVH, suggesting that additional factors contribute to the development of this pathology. We(More)
Several reports suggest putative interactions between valproic acid (VPA) treatment and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Given that VPA alters mitochondrial functions, an action of this drug on a mitochondrial process such as steroid synthesis in adrenal cells should be expected. In order to disclose a putative action of VPA on the adrenocortical(More)
In adrenocortical and Leydig cells PKA activation by trophic hormones increases the activity of protein tyrosine phosphatases and also induces the expression of MAP kinase phosphatase 1 (MKP-1), a dual activity protein phosphatase (serine/threonine and tyrosine). This work summarizes the knowledge on the regulation and the role played by cAMP-activated(More)
MAPKs such as ERK1/2 are dephosphorylated, and consequently inactivated, by dual specificity phosphatases (MKPs). In Leydig cells, LH triggers ERK1/2 phosphorylation through the action of protein kinase A. We demonstrate that, in MA-10 Leydig cells, LH receptor activation by human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) up-regulates MKP-2, a phosphatase that(More)