Meritxell López

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BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by pulmonary and systemic inflammation which flare-up during episodes of acute exacerbation (AECOPD). Given the role of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the induction of inflammatory responses we investigated the involvement of TLRs in COPD pathogenesis. METHODS The expression of TLR-2,(More)
BACKGROUND The potential role of growth factors in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has begun to be addressed only recently and is still poorly understood. For this study, we investigated potential abnormalities of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) in patients with COPD. METHODS To this end, we compared the(More)
The positively-reinforcing effect of acute morphine sulfate (MS) administration was assessed by concurrent rate-dependent and rate-independent measures of brain stimulation reward in male rats. An acute 4 mg/kg MS injection produced a rapid, statistically-significant decrease in reward threshold of 28.5%, when compared with saline control values, 45 min(More)
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