Núria Solanes

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BACKGROUND Despite the use of newer immunosuppressors such as sirolimus (SRL) and tacrolimus (TRL) in heart transplantation, the rate of humoral rejection has remained unchanged. The aim of this study was to analyze the immunologic and histologic effects of cyclosporine (CsA), SRL, and TRL in a porcine model of arterial transplantation. METHODS Each(More)
BACKGROUND Stem cell therapy offers a promising approach to reduce the long-term mortality rate associated with heart failure after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). To date, in vivo translational studies have not yet fully studied the immune response to allogeneic adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ATMSCs). We analysed the immune response and(More)
Animal models that mimic human electrical and mechanical dyssynchrony often associated with chronic heart failure would provide an essential tool to investigate factors influencing response to cardiac resynchronization therapy. A standardized closed-chest porcine model of left bundle branch block (LBBB) was developed using 16 pigs. Radiofrequency(More)
BACKGROUND Cell-based therapies offer a promising approach to reducing the short-term mortality rate associated with heart failure after a myocardial infarction. The aim of the study was to analyze histological and functional effects of adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) after myocardial infarction and compare 2 types of administration pathways. (More)
UNLABELLED The need for arterial grafts in coronary surgery to complement autologous vessels has generated interest in cryopreservation of small diameter allografts. We evaluated functional and histologic changes occurring in cryopreserved allografts 3 months after porcine femoral artery transplants. METHODS Twenty recipient and 15 donor pigs included a(More)
BACKGROUND The number of revascularization procedures including coronary and lower extremity bypass, have increased greatly in the last decade. It suggests a growing need for vascular grafts. Cryopreserved allografts could represent a viable alternative but their immunologic reactivity remains controversial. METHODS 71 pigs (40 recipients and 31 donors)(More)
The similarities between the porcine and human cardiovascular systems make the pig a useful animal model for the study of vascular biology. However, a standardized method is needed to describe the normal histological properties of porcine arteries in order to evaluate pathologic lesions in future studies. Descriptive and morphometric analyses were done on(More)
P-selectin (CD62P), an adhesion molecule expressed on activated endothelial cells and platelets, mediates the initial attachment of leukocytes to the stimulated endothelium upon inflammation and the interaction between leukocytes and platelets. A soluble form of P-selectin is present in the serum of healthy individuals as a circulating protein and high(More)
BACKGROUND High plasma levels of angiotensin II are found in several pathologies such as hypertension, heart failure and myocardial infarction. The effect of high concentrations of angiotensin II on coronary circulation is not well defined. The aim of the present study was to assess coronary blood flow regulation during tachycardia in the presence of(More)
In cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), specific changes in motion/deformation happen with left-bundle-branch-block (LBBB) and following treatment. However, they remain sub-optimally studied. We propose a two-fold improvement of their characterization. This includes controlling them through an experimental model and using more suitable quantification(More)