Lucía B Fuentes

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Visceral obesity is coupled to a general low-grade chronic inflammatory state characterized by macrophage activation and inflammatory cytokine production, leading to insulin resistance (IR). The balance between proinflammatory M1 and antiinflammatory M2 macrophage phenotypes within visceral adipose tissue appears to be crucially involved in the development(More)
OBJECTIVE Obesity-associated insulin resistance is characterized by a state of chronic, low-grade inflammation that is associated with the accumulation of M1 proinflammatory macrophages in adipose tissue. Although different evidence explains the mechanisms linking the expansion of adipose tissue and adipose tissue macrophage (ATM) polarization, in the(More)
Type IIA secretory phospholipase A(2) (sPLA(2)) is an acute-phase reactant that plays a role in atherogenesis and is expressed in atherosclerotic arterial walls displaying inflammatory features. This generates a relevant question addressing the biological effects of this enzyme on monocytic cells, in view of the role of these cells in the inflammatory(More)
OBJECTIVE A genomic region near the CDKN2A locus, encoding p16(INK4a), has been associated to type 2 diabetes and atherosclerotic vascular disease, conditions in which inflammation plays an important role. Recently, we found that deficiency of p16(INK4a) results in decreased inflammatory signaling in murine macrophages and that p16(INK4a) influences the(More)
Human group IIA secreted phospholipase A(2) (sPLA(2)-IIA) has been characterized in numerous inflammatory and neoplastic conditions. sPLA(2)-IIA can either promote or inhibit cell growth depending on the cellular type and the specific injury. We have previously demonstrated that exogenous sPLA(2)-IIA, by engagement to a membrane structure, induces(More)
The development of knock-out mice for Angiotensin II (Ang II) AT(2) receptors, which exhibited altered exploratory behavior, prompted us to investigate the cerebellum and brainstem. We evaluated the effect of stimulation/inhibition of Ang II receptors on hindbrain development, in offspring (postnatal days P0, P8) of pregnant rats treated during late(More)
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been implicated in pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary fibrosis. In the present study, we examined the effects of maternal exposure to captopril (2.85 mg/kg/day) during late pregnancy (G13-G21) on postnatal rat lung development. Treatment with captopril during late pregnancy caused a significant decrease in ACE(More)
Recently, it has become clear that many of the intracellular signals mediated by Ang II receptors are similar to the signaling pathways activated by receptor tyrosine kinases. In the present paper, we are reporting a full characterization of Ang II receptors in rat fetal membranes. We assayed binding of the Ang II antagonist [125I]Sar1Ile8Ang II and the AT2(More)
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