María L Díez-Marqués

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BACKGROUND Telomere shortening has been related to vascular dysfunction and hypertension. In the present study, we analyzed the influence of telomerase deficiency and telomere shortening on arterial pressure (AP). METHODS AND RESULTS AP was evaluated in 6-month-old mice lacking the RNA component of the telomerase (terc-/-) at the first generation and(More)
Progressive renal diseases are characterized by an increased synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) components. The mechanisms involved in the development of these alterations are not completely known, but a crucial role for TGF-beta 1 has been suggested. Moreover, the ability of the ECM to modulate the phenotypic expression of different cell types has(More)
OBJECTIVES Alterations in NO/cGMP signaling have been associated with vascular dysfunction. Here, we tested whether peptides containing arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motifs, commonly found on the binding sites of extracellular matrix to integrins, could increase the expression and function of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) in human mesangial cell(More)
AIMS Our aim was to evaluate whether tirofiban, which mimics the structure of arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides, up-regulates soluble guanylate cyclase beta1 subunit (sGC-beta1) expression in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and in aorta from rats, and to investigate the pharmacological and pathophysiological consequences of this(More)
In experimental models and in humans, somatostatin (SRIF) is able to contract certain vascular structures. The present experiments were designed to assess the capacity of SRIF to contract cultured rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), and to analyze the possible mechanisms involved. Cells incubated with SRIF showed a significant reduction in(More)
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