María Angélica Boric

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BACKGROUND Endometriosis is a common gynaecological disorder characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. The fragments in normal menstruation are composed of necrotic and living cells, which do not survive in ectopic locations because of programmed cell death. The aim of this study was to evaluate if the balance between cell(More)
In order to investigate the role of the nuclear factor kappaB (NFKB) pathway on gene expression in the eutopic endometrium in endometriosis, and in particular of interleukin-6 (IL6), we evaluated RELA, IkappaB kinase (CHUK), NFKBIA and IL6 expressions and NFKB DNA binding in eutopic endometrium from women with endometriosis. Eutopic endometrium was obtained(More)
Endometriosis is a benign gynecological pathology in which immune system deregulation may play a role in its initiation and progression. In endometriotic lesions, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM1) is released from the cell membrane by proteolytic cleavage of its extracellular domain, a process that coincides with increased expression and proteolytic(More)
To determine whether some patients with idiopathic hypospadias have HSD3B2 mutations, we genotyped this locus in 90 patients with hypospadias (age, 6.0 +/- 0.4 yr) and 101 healthy fertile male controls. We measured basal plasma renin activity and performed an ACTH test for determination of 17-OH-pregnenolone, 17-OH-progesterone, cortisol,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of peritoneal fluid from women with (PF-E) and without (PF-C) endometriosis on P(450)Arom expression in endometrial cells. DESIGN Experimental study. SETTING University research unit. PATIENT(S) Forty women of reproductive age with (n = 22) or without (control; n = 18) endometriosis. INTERVENTION(S) Peritoneal fluid and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the presence of caspase-3 and Bcl-2 concentration in human endometrial tissue throughout the menstrual cycle, and study the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on cell proliferation and apoptosis during culture. DESIGN Expression of caspase-3 and Bcl-2 concentration in endometrial explants, and examination of L-arginine (L-Arg) effect on(More)
GNAS1 gene mutations cause the McCune-Albright syndrome. Some patients may develop unusual, severe, nonendocrine manifestations that may lead to death. We postulate that some cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) might be caused by GNAS1 gene mutations affecting vital organs. We studied two GNAS1 gene mutations (R201H and R201C) by allele specific(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of clomiphene citrate (CC) on endometrial epithelial integrins and P receptors (PR) during the window of implantation. DESIGN Controlled, prospective, clinical study. SETTING Teaching hospital and university research laboratory. PATIENT(S) Thirty-one fertile, normo-ovulatory women participated in this trial. Thirteen(More)
Endometriosis, pro-inflammatory and invasive benign disease estrogen dependent, abnormally express in endometria the enzyme P450Arom, positively regulated by steroid factor-1 (SF-1). Our objective was to study the nuclear protein contents of upstream stimulating factor 2 (USF2a and USF2b), a positive regulator of SF-1, throughout the menstrual cycle in(More)
Bovine uterotropic placental factor (bUTPF) was obtained from bovine term placentae that had been homogenized and extracted in acidic medium. The extracts were chromatographed on Sephadex G-75, a fraction named native bUTPF was obtained, and an antiserum was generated. The native bUTPF was chromatographed on Sephacryl S-300 HR, and a 230-kDa fraction was(More)