Marta Pérez Prieto

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The antidiabetic drug metformin can diminish apoptosis induced by oxidative stress in endothelial cells and prevent vascular dysfunction even in nondiabetic patients. Here we tested whether it has a beneficial effect in a rat model of gentamicin toxicity. Mitochondrial analysis, respiration intensity, levels of reactive oxygen species, permeability(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if angiogenesis is altered in adult Endoglin heterozygous (Eng(+/-)) mice, the animal model for the vascular disorder hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia type 1 (HHT1). METHODS Primary cultures of endothelial cells were generated from Eng(+/-) and Eng(+/+) mice and analyzed for proliferation, migration, and ability to form(More)
Endoglin is a membrane glycoprotein that plays an important role in cardiovascular development and angiogenesis. We examined the role of endoglin in the control of vascular tone by measuring nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vasodilation in haploinsufficient mice (Eng+/-) and their Eng+/+ littermates. The vasodilatory effect of acetylcholine, bradykinin, and(More)
Cisplatin is a chemotherapeutic drug widely used against a variety of cancers. Its clinical utility is severely limited by its toxicity, which mainly affects, but is not limited to, the inner ear and renal tubules. Cisplatin toxicity is determined by target tissue and cell accumulation, subcellular handling and trafficking through diverse subcellular(More)
BACKGROUND The relative roles of endothelin (ET)-1 and angiotensin (ANG) II in post-ischaemic acute renal failure (ARF) have not been fully established so far. With the aim of contributing to this goal, we assessed in this study the effect of ANG II and ET-1 blockade on the course of post-ischaemic-ARF. METHODS Anaesthetized Wistar rats received i.v.(More)
The endoglin heterozygous (Eng(+/-)) mouse, which serves as a model of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), was shown to express reduced levels of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) with impaired activity. Because of intricate changes in vasomotor function in the Eng(+/-) mice and the potential interactions between the NO- and prostaglandin-producing(More)
Endoglin (Eng) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that is mainly expressed in endothelial cells, but it is also present in the epidermis and skin appendages. To address the role of Eng in cutaneous wound healing, we compared the kinetics of reepithelialization in Eng heterozygous null (Eng(+/-)) mice and their normal littermates (Eng(+/+)) following skin(More)
BACKGROUND Endoglin is a membrane glycoprotein that regulates TGF-beta1 signaling. Previous studies have revealed that endoglin is upregulated in several models of experimental fibrosis, and that endoglin expression can counteract the fibrogenic effects of TGF-beta1. As treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors reduces renal fibrosis by(More)
Accurate regulation of dermal fibroblast function plays a crucial role in wound healing. Many fibrotic diseases are characterized by a failure to conclude normal tissue repair and the persistence of fibroblasts inside lesions. In the present study we demonstrate that endoglin haploinsufficiency promotes fibroblast accumulation during wound healing.(More)
The clinical utility of aminoglycoside antibiotics is partly limited by their nephrotoxicity. Co-administration of a variety of candidate nephroprotectants has been tested at the preclinical level. According to a recent meta-analytic study, antioxidants are the only family of compounds with enough preclinical documentation to draw solid conclusions on their(More)