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We investigated whether chronic stress, applied from prepuberty to early puberty, interferes with the spermatogenic and androgenic testicular functions. Male pubertal rats (40 days old) were immobilized 6 h per day for 15 days. Plasma concentrations of corticosterone, prolactin and testosterone were significantly augmented following immobilization, whereas(More)
Recent data has indicated that, besides its classical therapeutic indication in hyperurecemia and gout, xanthine oxidase inhibitors can be used to various forms of ischemia and other types of tissue and vascular injuries. We tested the hypothesis that allopurinol, an inhibitor of xanthine oxidase (XO), might modulate acute and/or chronic inflammatory(More)
A stress protocol--6 h of daily immobilization--was applied throughout male rat sexual development. Immobilization caused a small reduction in food intake and body weight gain whereas pair-fed animals had a marginal decrease only in body weight gain. Stress, confirmed by increased plasma adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and corticosterone, caused a(More)
In order to investigate whether prolonged stress interferes with the onset of sexual behavior at puberty and with fertility at adulthood, prepubertal male Wistar rats (40 days of age) were immobilized 6 h a day for 15 days (up to early puberty) or for 60 days (until sexual maturity). Pubertal stressed rats showed a two-fold increase in the latency for the(More)
We investigated whether chronic stress applied from prepuberty to full sexual maturity interferes with spermatogenic and androgenic testicular functions. Male Wistar rats (40 days old) were immobilized 6 h a day for 60 days. Following immobilization, plasma concentrations of corticosterone and prolactin increased 135% and 48%, respectively, while plasma(More)
Natriuretic peptide receptor-C activation by the synthetic ligand C-ANP-4-23, a specific agonist for this receptor, has been shown to inhibit key events of the angiogenic cascade, such as migration, proliferation and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production. In the present study we investigated whether C-ANP4-23 could also inhibit angiogenesis(More)
The sexual development of normonatriophilic (Normo) and hypernatriophilic (Hyper) male Wistar rats was compared from 30 to 60 days of age (N = 8-10 per group) with emphasis on the onset of puberty. Hyper rats (more than 5 ml of saline a day in a situation of free access to tap water and 1.5% NaCl) had a 20-39% body weight reduction and a 22-29% testicular(More)
The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether treatment of male rats with the calcium antagonist amlodipine, used in the treatment of hypertension and angina, interferes with the reproductive function of male rats. Amlodipine treatment (0.04 mg amlodipine besylate/rat/day for 30 days) decreased plasma follicle-stimulating hormone and(More)
AIMS Several alternative cellular approaches using biomaterials to host insulin-producing cells derived from stem cells have been developed to overcome the limitations of type 1 diabetes treatment (exogenous insulin injection). However, none seem to fulfill all requirements needed to induce pancreatic cells successful colonization of the scaffolds. Here, we(More)
Genetic susceptibility is associated with inflammation, neovascularization, and diabetes phenotypes. However, to what extent this susceptibility influences inflammatory angiogenesis in internal injuries in diabetes has not been fully investigated. Using the subcutaneous implantation of a synthetic matrix as an internal wound model in Swiss, C57BL/6 and(More)