Lilian Grigorian

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Obestatin is a recently discovered peptide encoded by the ghrelin gene that opposes ghrelin effects on food intake and gastrointestinal function. The biological activity of obestatin depends on amidation at its carboxyl terminus and on its postulated binding to the orphan G protein-coupled receptor 39 (GPR39). We have previously demonstrated that ghrelin is(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine clinical and prognostic differences between preserved and deteriorated systolic function (defined as left ventricular (LV) ejection fractions > or = 50% and < 50%, respectively) in patients with heart failure satisfying modified Framingham criteria. PATIENTS AND METHODS Records were studied of 1252 patients with congestive heart(More)
BACKGROUND The urinary concentrations of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) reflect the oxidation status of hypertensive subjects and it can be used for monitoring oxidative stress changes. However, the influence of cardiovascular risk factors and inflammation on the urinary levels of this marker in hypertension (HT) has never evaluated. The purpose of(More)
The aim of this study is to analyze MMP-2 and sTNF-R1 variability, potent predictors of cardiovascular events, in stable hypertensive patients during a 12-month followup. 234 asymptomatic patients (age 60 ± 13, 136 male) out of 252 patients with essential hypertension were followed up. MMP-2 and sTNF-R1 were measured at baseline and after 12 months (stage(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple studies have focused on the influence of obesity on natriuretic peptide levels. However, the effect of obesity on amino-terminal propeptide of B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels in hypertensive (HT) patients remains uncertain. METHODS We studied 252 asymptomatic patients (60 +/- 13 years, 136 men) with essential HT. A(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To analyze the relationship between sFas and soluble TNF receptor 1 (sTNF-R1) with type iii (PIIINP) and i (PINP) amino-terminal propeptide procollagens, and diastole in hypertension (HT). PATIENTS AND METHODS A group of 253 Caucasian asymptomatic hypertensive patients (age 60±13 years, 139 males) were studied, in whom a physical(More)
B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and its inactive amino-terminal fragment (NT-proBNP) are diagnostic tools for heart failure (HF), but less is understood regarding the effects of renal function on their urinary concentrations. The objective was to analyze the influence of renal function, as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), on BNP and NT-proBNP(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Resistant hypertension (R-HT) is defined by the presence of uncontrolled blood pressure in patients treated with three or more drugs, being one of them diuretic. We sough to evaluate the prevalence and features of patients with R-HT attended at Primary Care of our environment. METHOD 1724 hypertensive patients attended by 35 physicians(More)
The aim was to evaluate the usefulness of urinary N-terminal fragment of B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) measurement for predicting the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in 160 asymptomatic patients with essential hypertension. The urinary NT-proBNP/creatinine ratio was higher in patients with LVH than in either those without LVH (P<(More)