Monica Llano-Diez

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BACKGROUND Acute quadriplegic myopathy (AQM) or critical illness myopathy (CIM) is frequently observed in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. To elucidate duration-dependent effects of the ICU intervention on molecular and functional networks that control the muscle wasting and weakness associated with AQM, a gene expression profile was analyzed at time(More)
INTRODUCTION Critically ill ICU patients commonly develop severe muscle wasting and impaired muscle function, leading to delayed recovery, with subsequent increased morbidity and financial costs, and decreased quality of life for survivors. Critical illness myopathy (CIM) is a frequently observed neuromuscular disorder in ICU patients. Sepsis, systemic(More)
Circulating microRNAs (miRs/miRNAs) are being used as non-invasive biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and efficiency of clinical trials. However, to exploit their potential it is necessary to improve and standardize their detection. In a previous study, we identified two microRNAs, miR-30c and miR-181a, that appear to be key regulators of muscular(More)
The metabolic syndrome is associated with prolonged stress and hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and afflicted subjects are prone to develop cardiovascular disease. Under normal conditions, the cardiomyocyte response to acute β-adrenergic stimulation partly depends on increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here we investigated(More)
BACKGROUND Critical illness myopathy is an acquired skeletal muscle disorder with severe myosin loss and muscle weakness frequently seen in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It is unknown if impaired excitation-contraction coupling contributes to the muscle weakness. METHODS We used a unique ICU model where rats were deeply sedated, post-synaptically(More)
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