Maria José Rodríguez-Lagunas

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Prostaglandins (PG) are inflammatory mediators derived from arachidonic or eicosapentaenoic acid giving rise to the 2-series or the 3-series prostanoids, respectively. Previously, we have observed that PGE2 disrupts epithelial barrier function. Considering the beneficial effect of fish oil consumption in intestinal inflammatory processes, the aim of this(More)
We recently demonstrated that PGE(2) induces the disruption of the intestinal epithelial barrier function. In the present study, our objectives were to study the role of PGE(2) receptors (EP(1)-EP(4)) and the signaling pathways involved in this event. Paracellular permeability (PP) was assessed in differentiated Caco-2 cell cultures from d-mannitol fluxes(More)
The transport systems involved in intestinal methionine (Met) absorption are described as Na(+)-dependent and Na(+)-independent mechanisms. However, since recent studies have suggested the importance of the H(+) gradient as a driving force for intestinal nutrient absorption, the aim of the present work was to test whether Met transport across the apical(More)
The methionine hydroxy analogue DL-2-hydroxy-(4-methylthio)butanoic acid (DL-HMB) is a supplementary source of methionine commonly added to commercial animal diets to satisfy the total sulfur amino acid requirement. In this study, we characterized DL-HMB transport across the apical membrane of Caco-2 cells to identify the transport mechanism involved in the(More)
Interaction between host cells and microbes is known as crosstalk. Among other mechanisms, this takes place when certain molecules of the micro-organisms are recognized by the toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the body cells, mainly in the intestinal epithelial cells and in the immune cells. TLRs belong to the pattern-recognition receptors and represent the(More)
The loss of epithelial barrier function plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, with levels of 5-lipoxygenase metabolites being increased in the mucosa of these patients. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the eicosanoids produced by the 5-lipoxygenase pathway, leukotriene B4 and D4, and(More)
Cocoa powder is a product derived from the beans of the Theobroma cacao tree, which is considered a good source of fiber (26%–40%), proteins (15%–20%), carbohydrates (about 15%) and lipids (10%–24%; generally, 10%–12%). It also contains minerals, vitamins and some bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, fiber, and methylxanthines, as is the case of(More)
OBJECTIVE Cocoa has been highlighted as a food with potential benefits to human health because of its polyphenol content. However, few studies show the contribution of cocoa and chocolate products in polyphenol intake. The aim of this work was to develop a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) for evaluating the intake of food products containing cocoa(More)
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