Maria Angels Ortiz

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We have studied the liver 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) levels in streptozotocin- (ST)-induced diabetes in rats using liquid chromatography and radioimmunological techniques. Diabetic rats showed significant alterations of liver lipoxygenase metabolites when compared to controls. These 15-HETE and LTB4 increases were(More)
Chemokine receptors are distinctively exposed on cells to characterize their migration pattern. However, little is known about factors that may regulate their expression. To determine the optimal conditions for an accurate analysis of chemokine receptors, we compared the expression of CCR2, CCR4, CCR5, CCR6, CXCR3 and CXCR4 on different leukocyte subsets(More)
Cytokines, in particular IL-1, released mainly by infiltrating macrophages, can be one of the key mediators of immune-induced beta-cell destruction in IDDM. IL-1 is able to induce suppression of insulin release and biosynthesis in cultured rat pancreatic islets. In addition, the cytokine shows clear cytotoxic effects leading to beta-cell death. The proposed(More)
Expression of the scavenger receptor CD36 on lymphocytes is intriguing. We observed that a minor subpopulation of lymphocytes expressed CD36 on the cell surface. We investigated the source of CD36 and also the proliferation and cytokine production of these CD36(+) CD4(+) lymphocytes. Flow cytometry analysis and immunofluorescence microscopy showed that(More)
The effects of L-asparaginase were evaluated on glucose-induced insulin release from isolated rat islets of Langerhans. Islets were obtained by enzymatic digestion of pancreas from Sprague-Dawley rats. The study of L-asparaginase effects on insulin secretion was performed in a static incubation of islets. Insulin secretion was measured at 60 min of(More)
INTRODUCTION Adalimumab is a fully human anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) monoclonal antibody that specifically blocks the interaction of TNFα with its receptors. It binds both soluble and transmembrane TNFα. We hypothesized that blocking these TNFα signals regulates the altered TNFα production in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS We(More)
This study was designed to investigate the effect of HOE 140 (a bradykinin beta2 receptor antagonist) and N(w)-nitro-L-arginine methyl-ester (L-NAME, a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor) on endothelial and beta-cell function in induced streptozotocine (Stz) diabetic rats. The decrease in the insulinogenic index after Stz effect (control 286.03+/-104.12 and(More)
Soluble factors released from platelets can modulate the immune response of leukocytes. We and others have recently found that T lymphocytes with bound platelets have reduced proliferation and IFN-γ and IL-17 production. Thus, we speculate that if we induce the binding of platelets to lymphocytes, we will be able to regulate the inflammatory response. When(More)
During the flare-ups of Crohn's disease (CD) patients, circulating leukocytes actively migrate toward the inflamed sites. During the remission, the lack of symptoms does not necessarily imply immunological remission. To decipher inflammatory mechanisms still operating during CD remission, we compared the expression of chemokine receptors on monocytes from(More)
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