María José Saéz-Lara

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We have previously described the safety and immunomodulatory effects of Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036 in healthy volunteers. The scope of this work was to evaluate the effects of these probiotic strains on the hepatic steatosis of obese rats. We used the Zucker rat as a genetic(More)
The use of probiotics and synbiotics in the prevention and treatment of different disorders has dramatically increased over the last decade. Both probiotics and synbiotics are well known ingredients of functional foods and nutraceuticals and may provide beneficial health effects because they can influence the intestinal microbial ecology and immunity. The(More)
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) gene therapy requires highly efficient and well-controlled vectors. Here we studied the performance of a lentiviral vector (LV) harbouring a 500-bp fragment of the WAS proximal promoter (WW), which we previously characterized as haematopoietic-specific and capable of restoring WAS phenotype in patients' T cells. We used an LV(More)
This paper is intended to meet two main objectives. The first is the development of an Parallel Genetic Algorithm using clustering fitness function, for Gene Expression Microarray automatic classification (is called PGA-GEM), which is focused on the processing data contained in genomic microarrays. Within this area, are of special interest the implemented(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS We have previously reported the antifibrotic effect of dietary nucleotides in cirrhotic rats. In this work, we used primary rat hepatocytes, a liver stellate cell line (CFSC-2G) and co-cultures of both cell types to investigate the effects of exogenous nucleosides on the gene expression of various extracellular matrix components and on(More)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), is a chronic inflammation of the small intestine and colon caused by a dysregulated immune response to host intestinal microbiota in genetically susceptible subjects. A number of fermented dairy products contain lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria,(More)
Cord blood is an attractive cell source in regenerative medicine and represents an alternative to bone marrow. The aim of this study was to investigate whether human umbilical cord blood mononuclear (HUCBM) cells might be valuable in hepatic regenerative medicine. HUCBM cells differentiated in vitro into hepatocytes, as suggested by expression of albumin,(More)
BACKGROUND Liver fibrosis results from accumulation of extracellular matrix components and is associated with many chronic hepatic diseases. There is to date no specific therapy for this disease, and patients receive treatment for its associated complications. Specific progenitor cells, known as oval cells, are present in the liver. As oval cells express(More)
Exogenous nucleotides (NT) have been reported to exert a reparative role in animal models of intestinal and hepatic damage. Thus, the administration of NT in the diet of rats with thioacetamide-induced liver cirrhosis normalized many of the histological and biochemical alterations produced by this hepatotoxin. We are currently studying the mechanism by(More)
The colon microbiota plays a crucial role in human gastrointestinal health. Current attempts to manipulate the colon microbiota composition are aimed at finding remedies for various diseases. We have recently described the immunomodulatory effects of three probiotic strains (Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036, Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, and(More)