Monica Ramos Gallego

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Aims/hypothesis. To identify the possible causes of the lengthening of the action potential duration described in patients affected by diabetes mellitus.¶Methods. We studied the effects of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on the current density of the repolarising potassium currents Ito, IK, Iss and IK1 in enzymatically isolated myocytes from three different(More)
In this work we have combined biochemical and electrophysiological approaches to explore the modulation of rat ventricular transient outward K(+) current (I(to)) by calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII). Intracellular application of CaMKII inhibitors KN93, calmidazolium, and autocamtide-2-related inhibitory peptide II (ARIP-II) accelerated the inactivation of(More)
In ventricular myocytes, α1-AR stimulates Gαs proteins and reduces the transient outward K(+) current (I(to)) via a cAMP/PKA-mediated pathway and thus regulates cardiac contraction and excitability. This I(to) reduction is compartmentalized and limited to discrete membrane regions since PKA-dependent phosphorylation of the I(to) channels after α1-AR(More)
alpha(1)-Adrenoceptor stimulation prolongs the duration of the cardiac action potentials and leads to positive inotropic effects by inhibiting the transient outward K(+) current (I(to)). In the present study, we have examined the role of several protein kinases and the G protein involved in I(to) inhibition in response to alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation(More)
Over the last years zebrafish has become a popular model in the study of cardiac physiology, pathology and pharmacology. Recently, the application of the 3Rs regulation and the characteristics of the embryo have reduced the use of adult zebrafish use in many studies. However, the zebrafish embryo cardiac physiology is poorly characterized since most works(More)
The role of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in cardiac remodelling was studied in isoproterenol-induced cardiac hypertrophy in rats. The effects of captopril and spironolactone were compared. Isoproterenol treatment increased ventricular to body weight ratio (4.6 vs 3.7) and collagen area (22.6 vs 8.2%), and reduced systolic (89.93 vs 107.5 mm Hg) and(More)
BACKGROUND The electrocardiogram of hypothyroid patients shows a series of abnormalities of cardiac repolarization due to a reduction of some repolarizing K(+) currents and an increase of the L-type calcium current. Experimental and clinical works call into question the unique role of T3 and T4 in these mechanisms and correlate increased serum TSH levels(More)
The objective of the present work is to study the ionic mechanisms for the regional differences in action potential duration in rat ventricle. This regional diversity has been related to differences in the regional distribution of some potassium currents in several species. Single cells were obtained by enzymatic dispersion of tissue segments from rat(More)
Imipramine, mianserine and maprotiline are three widely used antidepressant drugs with different chemical structure. In the present work we have studied the effects of these drugs on the delayed rectifier potassium current (I(K)) in myocytes isolated from rat ventricle. The delayed rectifier potassium current, responsible for action potential termination,(More)
The aim of this study was to compare developments in the utilisation of antihyperglycaemic drugs (AHGDs) in ten European countries. Data on the yearly utilisation of insulin and oral AHGDs were collected from public registers in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and were expressed as defined daily doses(More)