Maria Luisa Díez-Marqués

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The mechanisms involved in the progression of chronic renal disease (CRD) have not been completely clarified. A role for hyperfiltration and increased intraglomerular pressure was proposed about twenty years ago, and experimental and clinical evidence supports, at least partially, this hypothesis. Moreover, a lot of experimental data point to the importance(More)
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)
The effects of somatostatin (ST) on the regulation of the glomerular filtration rate have not been extensively studied. The present experiments were designed to analyze this possible relationship. ST alone did not modify the planar cell surface area (PCSA) of cultured rat mesangial cells (CRMC), but it prevented and reversed the reduction in PCSA induced by(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)
We report the first examples of a new series of antioxidant-sartan hybrids (AO-sartans), which were made by adding an antioxidant fragment to the hydroxymethyl side chain of losartan. Experiments performed in cultured cells demonstrate that these new hybrids retain the ability to block the angiotensin II effect with increased antioxidant ability. In(More)
Extracellular matrix (ECM) components, through specific peptide motifs such as Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD), interact with integrins and can modify the behavior of cells. Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) is the main cytokine involved in the synthesis of ECM proteins. We analyzed the effect of a RGD-containing peptide, as Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS), on the(More)
The effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on cultured rat mesangial cells were studied by measuring planar cell surface area (PCSA) after incubation with xanthine plus xanthine oxidase (XXO), in the presence of superoxide dismutase (SOD; 5 micrograms/ml) or catalase (CAT; 20 micrograms/ml), or after incubation with H2O2. Myosin light chain (MLC)(More)
The present study was designed to evaluate the influence of two haemodialysis membranes of different biocompatibility on red blood cell function. Twelve patients were studied in two consecutive dialyses, with cuprophan and cellulose acetate. Blood was extracted at 0, 20 and 180 min after the beginning of the haemodialysis session and general haematological(More)
Although the ability of somatostatin (ST) to relax cultured rat mesangial cells has recently been described, the intimate cellular mechanisms responsible for this effect have not been adequately clarified. The present experiments were designed to test the hypothesis that cyclic GMP (cGMP) could be involved in the genesis of this relaxation. ST increased(More)
The present experiments were devoted to analyzing the hypothesis that somatostatin (SS) could modulate glomerular filtration rate by interacting with mesangial cells. Studies were performed in cultured human mesangial cells, passages 3-5. Radioligand experiments demonstrated the presence in the cells of two kinds of receptors, with high (dissociation(More)