Sofia Duque Santos

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Brain injury caused by ischemia is a major cause of human mortality and physical/cognitive disability worldwide. Experimentally, brain ischemia can be induced surgically by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. Using this model, we studied the influence of transthyretin in ischemic stroke. Transthyretin (TTR) is normally responsible for the transport(More)
High levels of serum unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) in newborns are associated with axonal damage and glial reactivity that may contribute to subsequent neurologic injury and encephalopathy (kernicterus). Impairments in myelination and white matter damage were observed at autopsy in kernicteric infants. We have recently reported that UCB reduces(More)
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is a neurodegenerative disease that selectively affects the peripheral nervous system. The putative cause of this life threatening pathology is tissue deposition of mutant transthyretin (TTR), initially as non-fibrillar deposits and later as fibrillar material. The mouse models currently available do not(More)
Transthyretin (TTR) has been regarded as a neuroprotective protein given that TTR knockout (KO) mice display increased susceptibility for amyloid beta deposition and memory deficits during aging. In parallel, TTR KO mice have increased levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY), which promotes neuroprotection and neuroproliferation. In this work, we aimed at evaluating(More)
The heat shock proteins (Hsps) have been implicated in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases in which the underlying pathology is protein aggregation. Here, we studied the heat shock response in familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP), a neurodegenerative disease caused by aggregation and extracellular tissue deposition of mutated transthyretin (TTR).(More)
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