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The beneficial effects of exercise in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases are well known and the abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been associated to cardiovascular disorders. Previous studies showed that heart protection to ischemic events would be mediated by increasing the antioxidant enzyme activities. Here, we investigated(More)
1. A voltage clamp has been developed for the pharyngeal muscle of the nematode Ascaris lumbricoides and has been used to analyse the potassium current that produces a negative-going, regenerative action potential in this muscle. 2. Depolarizing voltage steps elicit a sustained inward current; returning the membrane voltage to the resting level evokes a(More)
In humans, there is a significant decrease in serum T(3) and increase in rT(3) at different time points after myocardial infarction, whereas serum TSH and T(4) remain unaltered. We report here a time course study of pituitary-thyroid function and thyroid hormone metabolism in rats subjected to myocardial infarction by left coronary ligation (INF). INF- and(More)
OBJECTIVES Antibodies against cardiac G protein-coupled receptors have been reported in sera from chronic chagasic patients (CChP) and other non-parasitic cardiomyopathies, but the effects and underlying mechanism of interaction between these antibodies and heart cells are not fully established. To address this point, binding of antibodies purified from(More)
BACKGROUND Immune dysfunction has long been proposed as a mechanism for the etiopathogenesis of the chronic phase of Chagas' disease. Antibodies of chagasic patients have been shown to interfere with electric and mechanical activity of embryonic myocardial cells in culture. Here, we demonstrate that antibodies derived from a group of chronic chagasic(More)
Chronic Chagasic patient immunoglobulins (CChP-IgGs) recognize an acidic amino acid cluster at the second extracellular loop (el2) of cardiac M(2)-muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (M(2)AChRs). These residues correspond to a common binding site for various allosteric agents. We characterized the nature of the M(2)AChR/CChP-IgG interaction in functional and(More)
Antibodies of chronic chagasic patients have been shown to interfere with electric and mechanical activities of cardiac embryonic myocytes in culture and with whole mammalian hearts. A mechanism proposed for this effect involves interaction of the antibodies with G-protein-linked membrane receptors, thus leading to activation of beta adrenergic and(More)
We propose a protocol for determination of lactate threshold (LT) and test the validity of one aerobic training based on LT in rats. In group I, V(LTi) (velocity at LT before training) was determined in all rats (n=10), each rat training at its own V(LTi) and in group II, animals (n=7) ran at 15 m min(-1), the mean V(LTi) of group I. The training consisted(More)
Postinfarct congestive heart failure is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in developed and developing countries. The main purpose of this study was to investigate whether transplantation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) directly into the myocardium could improve the performance of healed infarcted rat hearts. Cell culture medium with(More)
To date no published data exist regarding the effects of chronic high-dose anabolic-androgenic steroid administration on tonic cardiac autonomic control. The aim of this study was to evaluate, by power spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV), the effects of chronic treatment with supraphysiological doses of nandrolone decanoate (DECA) on tonic(More)