Laura Casaní

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The extent of cardiac remodeling determines survival after acute MI. However, the mechanisms driving cardiac remodeling remain unknown. We examined the effect of ischemia and reperfusion (R) on myocardial changes up to 6 days post-MI. Pigs underwent 1.5h or 4h mid-LAD balloon occlusion and sacrificed or 1.5h occlusion followed by R and sacrificed at 2.5h, 1(More)
OBJECTIVES Coronary occlusion and revascularization leads to myocardial damage and heart function deterioration. Statins can regress atherosclerosis and modulate platelet function, but their effect on post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) injury remains to be fully determined. We sought to examine whether rosuvastatin (R) exerts any effect on the(More)
OBJECTIVES Lipids have been detected in the ischemic myocardium of patients' post-myocardial infarction (MI). However, their effect on the cardiac healing process remains unknown. We investigated whether intramyocardial lipids affect the signaling pathways involved in the fibrotic reparative response impairing cardiac healing post-MI. METHODS Pigs, fed(More)
BACKGROUND Prompt coronary thrombus resolution, reducing time of ischemia, improves cardiac recovery. The factors triggered by ischemia that contribute to the clinical outcome are not fully known. We hypothesize that unabated inflammation due to cardiac ischemia may be a contributing factor. AIMS As a proof-of-concept, we evaluated the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Studies in patients support a beneficial effect of statin treatment early after acute coronary syndrome and/or prior percutaneous coronary intervention. However, statin effect during total occlusion remains unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether infusion of activated simvastatin during ischemia and prior reperfusion and oral administration(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The Mediterranean diet, rich in polyphenols, has shown to be cardioprotective. However the mechanisms involved remain unknown. We investigated whether supplementation with a pomegranate extract rich in polyphenols renders beneficial effects on coronary function in a clinically relevant experimental model and characterized the(More)
AIMS Molecular chaperones constitute protectors of intracellular protein integrity and seem to confer short-term defence against various cell insults. Myocardial damage is associated to a loss of protective chaperones. Ischemic post-conditioning (IPost-Co) is a procedure that seems to protect against reperfusion injury. However, little is known on(More)
Mild-to-moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with reduced risk of morbi/mortality from coronary artery disease. However, whether beer intake affords cardioprotection remains unclear. We investigated whether beer intake (alcohol-containing and alcohol-free brew) provides cardioprotection in a pig model of myocardial infarction (MI). Pigs were(More)
BACKGROUND The P2Y12 receptor antagonist ticagrelor has been shown to be clinically superior to clopidogrel. Although the underlying mechanisms remain elusive, ticagrelor may exert off-target effects through adenosine-related mechanisms. We aimed to investigate whether ticagrelor reduces myocardial injury to a greater extent than clopidogrel after(More)
LRP5 (low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5) activates canonical Wnt signalling. LRP5 plays multiple roles including regulation of lipoprotein and cholesterol homeostasis as well as innate immunity cell function. However, it is not known whether LRP5 has a role in the myocardium. The aim of this study was to investigate LRP5 and Wnt signalling(More)