Pascual Medina

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In patients with cirrhosis, nitric oxide (NO), asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), and possibly symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) have been linked to the severity of the disease. We investigated whether plasma levels of dimethylarginines and NO are elevated in patients with hepatorenal syndrome (HRS), compared with patients with cirrhosis without renal(More)
microRNAs have recently opened new pathways to explain gene expression and disease biology in many scenarios, including cardiac diseases. microRNAs are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that mediate post-transcriptional repression or messenger RNA degradation. By annealing to inexactly complementary sequences in the 3' untranslated region of the target(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Accumulation of endogenous guanidino-substituted analogues of L-arginine in chronic renal failure might contribute to some of the vascular and neurological disorders of this pathology. We tested the hypothesis that in human cerebral arteries, some guanidino compounds may increase vascular tone, through nitric oxide (NO) synthase(More)
PURPOSE Recent studies demonstrate that retinoids decrease expression of the anti-apoptotic protein bcl-2, enhance the effect of chemotherapy, and act synergistically with interferon alfa (IFNalpha) to inhibit tumor cell growth in vitro. A phase I trial of 13-cis-retinoic acid (CRA), IFNalpha, and paclitaxel (TAX) was conducted to determine the toxicity and(More)
Sildenafil (0.1 - 30 microM), a cyclic GMP phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE 5) inhibitor, induced inhibition of electrically evoked contractions of ring segments of human vas deferens from 34 vasectomies. Zaprinast (0.1 - 100 microM), another PDE 5 inhibitor, and the nitric oxide (NO) donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) (0.1 - 100 microM) had no effect on neurogenic(More)
Cardiovascular manifestations are frequent findings in patients with thyroid hormone disorders. Nitric oxide (NO) plays a key role in vascular, endothelial-mediated relaxation. NO is synthesized from L-arginine by NO synthase, an enzyme inhibited by endogenous compounds, mainly asymmetric dimethylarginine [asymmetric N(G),N(G)-dimethyl-L-arginine (ADMA)].(More)
To examine whether low concentrations of endothelin-1 potentiate the vasoconstrictor response to adrenergic stimulation, we recorded the isometric response of rings of rabbit pulmonary artery to electrical stimulation and noradrenaline. Endothelin-1 (10(-10) M) potentiated the contractions induced by electrical stimulation and noradrenaline. The endothelin(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study was designed to evaluate the role of K(+) channels in the adrenergic responses of human vas deferens as well as the intervention of dihydropyridine-sensitive Ca(2+) channels on modulation of adrenergic responses by K(+) channel inhibitors. METHODS Ring segments of the epididymal part of the vas deferens were taken from 32(More)
AIMS Aging is among the major causes for the lack of cardiovascular protection by estrogen (E2) during postmenopause. Our study aims to determine the mechanisms whereby aging changes E2 effects on nitric oxide (NO) production in a mouse model of accelerated senescence (SAM). METHODS AND RESULTS Although we found no differences on NO production in females(More)
microRNAs (miRNAs) are 21-22 nucleotide non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression and play fundamental roles in biological processes. These small molecules bind to target mRNAs, leading to translational repression and/or mRNA degradation. Aberrant miRNA expression is associated with several human diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disorders,(More)