Leslie Parra

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Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3) has been proposed as an intracellular messenger which mobilizes calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum, during excitation-contraction coupling in skeletal muscle. We have measured the myoplasmic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) by means of calcium selective microelectrodes in intact fibers isolated from(More)
While an activation of the opioid system has been found to play a role only in the triggering of the high blood pressure induced by brief (7-14 days) social deprivation stress in Wistar rats, factors responsible for the maintenance of the hypertension after long-term (30-35 days) isolation remained to be elucidated. To this aim, the effects of social(More)
1. Pharmacological evidence indicates that stress induced by brief (14 to 20-day) social deprivation in the rat is associated with an activation of the central preproenkephalin (ENK) opioid system. This study examines the neurochemical evidence that substantiates such an activation. 2. Using a specific ENK complementary DNA probe, ENK RNA levels were(More)
The actions of opioid receptor agonists and antagonists were studied in isolated rat aortic strips. Morphine (10(-7)-10(-6) M) had no contractile effect on resting strips but when added during the relaxation of the contractions induced by 10(-9) M noradrenaline, it induced a contractile response which was blocked by naloxone. The selective mu-opioid(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess frequency of male participation in psychologic support services during IVF treatments. DESIGN Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING University infertility clinic. PATIENT(S) A total of 284 low-income men receiving government-financed IVF. INTERVENTION(S) Group counseling during treatment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S) Frequency of(More)
DOCA-salt rats have been previously shown to respond readily to the antihypertensive agent cicletanine (C). To study the mechanism of action of this drug, DOCA-salt rats were subchronically (14 d) treated with a 30 mg/kg (p.o.) dose of C and, once killed, their thoracic aortas challenged with a concentration (0.1 microM) of the vasocontractile agent(More)
Cicletanine, when given p.o. either acutely or subchronically, was found to produce a clear-cut antihypertensive effect in the deoxycorticosterone salt experimental rat model. This compound was able to reverse high blood pressure, even at doses deprived of diuretic effect. Subchronic treatment (30 mg/kg, p.o.; 14 days) with cicletanine reduced the enhanced(More)
Brief (7-14 days) social deprivation stress has been found to increase blood pressure in Wistar rats, an effect dependent on activation of opioid function. The role of central opioids in this and other responses to stress has been repeatedly determined, but the possible involvement of modifications of peripheral opioid mechanisms is poorly understood. To(More)
The site and mechanism of action of the antihypertensive agent cicletanine have been studied. In the pithed rat model, intravenous (i.v.) cicletanine was able to reduce the elevated blood pressure induced by continuous infusion of the alpha 1-adrenergic agonist, methoxamine, in a dose-related manner. In strip preparation of the aorta from(More)
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