Leticia Hernando

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The levels of platelet-activating factor (paf-acether) were measured in blood and ascitic fluid from cirrhotic patients and in blood from a group of controls, using a recently described technique for extraction and measurement. In addition, activity of acetylhydrolase, the main catabolic enzyme for paf-acether, was also measured. The highest levels of(More)
Several features suggest that IgA nephropathy is an immune complex (IC)-mediated disease. The source of antigen(s) is unknown but the predominant involvement of IgA suggest that it is associated in some way with the gut or respiratory tract. Taking into account the specific hepatobiliary transport by polymeric IgA of circulating antigens entering through(More)
This study was undertaken to examine the effect of the major immunosuppressive drug, cyclosporin A (CyA), on endothelial function. Conscious Wistar rats, treated with CyA (25 mg.kg-1 x day-1 im for 15 days), developed an inhibition of the endothelium-dependent acetylcholine (ACh)-mediated vasodilation, diuresis, natriuresis, and guanosine 3',5'-cyclic(More)
Recently we have described the existence of high levels of polymeric IgA, partially as immune complexes, in the serum and kidney from patients with IgA mesangial glomerulonephritis. As these patients often have macroscopic haematuria, following upper respiratory tract infections, our working hypothesis in this paper was that circulating lymphocytes from(More)
The effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on cultured rat mesangial cells were studied by measuring planar cell surface area (PCSA) after incubation with xanthine plus xanthine oxidase (XXO), in the presence of superoxide dismutase (SOD; 5 micrograms/ml) or catalase (CAT; 20 micrograms/ml), or after incubation with H2O2. Myosin light chain (MLC)(More)
The effect of agents stimulating the production of guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) by different mechanisms was compared in conscious unrestrained Wistar rats by administration of infusions of acetylcholine (ACh), sodium nitroprusside (SNP), and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP). ACh (10 micrograms.kg-1.min-1, n = 8), SNP (200(More)
The present study addressed the effect of interventions aimed to increase NO in the setting of acute renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) in uninephrectomized rabbits. In the 60-minute post-I/R period, L-arginine+superoxide (O2.-) dismutase (SOD) synergistically improved the renal functional (69.4% versus 10.4% of the pre-I/R glomerular filtration rate with or(More)
General and splanchnic hemodynamics (radioactive microspheres), renal function, spontaneous and histamine-mediated vasopermeability and albumin distribution space were studied in conscious control and nonascitic cirrhotic rats, before and after a moderate and sustained saline infusion (3% of body weight per 30 min + repletion of urinary losses). In basal(More)
We conducted a matched case-control study to assess the association between epidemic asthma and soybean sensitivity in Cartagena, Spain. In skin tests, 81% of the cases and no control subjects were positive to the commercial soybean allergen; 87% of the cases and 12% of the controls were positive to the prepared soybean allergen; and 69% of the cases and 6%(More)