María Eugenia Sabbatini

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Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) are members of the natriuretic peptide family best known for their role in blood pressure regulation. However, in recent years all the natriuretic peptides and their receptors have been described in the gastrointestinal tract, digestive glands and central nervous system, as well as(More)
Small GTP-binding (G) proteins act as molecular switches to regulate a number of cellular processes, including vesicular transport. Emerging evidence indicates that small G proteins regulate a number of steps in the secretion of pancreatic acinar cells. Diverse small G proteins have been localized at discrete compartments along the secretory pathway and(More)
We previously reported that atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) stimulates pancreatic secretion through NPR-C receptors coupled to PLC and potentiates secretin response without affecting cAMP levels. In the present study we sought to establish the intracellular signaling mechanism underlying the interaction between both peptides. In isolated pancreatic acini(More)
Several studies show that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) has a modulatory role in the digestive system. CNP administration reduces both jejunal fluid and bile secretion in the rat. In the present study we evaluated the effect of CNP on amylase release in isolated pancreatic acini as well as the receptors and intracellular pathways involved. Results showed(More)
C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is a member of the natriuretic peptide family. Previous studies reported the presence of natriuretic peptide receptors and mRNA CNP in the liver. In the present work, we sought to establish the role of CNP in the regulation of bile secretion in the rat and the possible pathways involved.CNP diminished basal as well as bile(More)
1. Current evidence supports that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is the brain natriuretic peptide. Natriuretic peptide receptors and mRNA CNP have been reported in the liver and in discrete areas and nucleus of the central nervous system involved in the regulation of gastrointestinal physiology. In the present work, we sought to establish the role of CNP(More)
RhoA and Rac1 have been implicated in the mechanism of CCK-induced amylase secretion from pancreatic acini. In all cell types studied to date, inactive Rho GTPases are present in the cytosol bound to the guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor RhoGDI. Here, we identified the switch mechanism regulating RhoGDI1-Rho GTPase dissociation and RhoA(More)
Adaptive exocrine pancreatic growth is mediated primarily by dietary protein and the gastrointestinal hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). Feeding trypsin inhibitors such as camostat (FOY-305) is known to induce CCK release and stimulate pancreatic growth. However, camostat has also been reported to stimulate secretin release and, because secretin often(More)
The role of Endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the central nervous system is not fully understood yet although several studies strongly support its neuromodulatory role. A high density of endothelin receptors is present in the dorsal vagal complex that is the major site for the regulation of the digestive function. Therefore in the present study we sought to establish(More)
We sought to establish Endothelin (ET-3) role in the central regulation of bile secretion in the rat. The intracerebroventricular (icv) injection of ET-3 evoked a cholestatic or a choleretic effect depending on the administered dose. Lower doses increased bile flow and bicarbonate excretion, whereas higher doses decreased bile flow and bile acid output.(More)