Steyner F. Cortes

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We have recently described, in the mouse aorta, the vasodilator effect of angiotensin-(1-7) (Ang-(1-7)) was mediated by activation of the Mas Ang-(1-7) receptor and that A-779 and D-Pro7-Ang-(1-7) act as Mas receptor antagonists. In this work we show pharmacological evidence for the existence of a different Ang-(1-7) receptor subtype mediating the(More)
BACKGROUND The involvement of the L-arginine/nitric oxide (NO)/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) pathway in antinociception has been implicated as a molecular mechanism of antinociception produced by several antinociceptive agents, including μ-, κ-, or δ-opioid receptor agonists, nonsteroidal analgesics, cholinergic agonist, and α2C adrenoceptor(More)
N-palmitoyl-ethanolamine (PEA) is an endogenous substance that was first identified in lipid tissue extracts. It has been classified as a CB(2) receptor agonist. Exogenous PEA has the potential to become a valid treatment for neuropathic and inflammatory pain. In spite of the well-demonstrated antiinflammatory properties of PEA, its involvement in(More)
Paraquat is a toxic herbicide that may induce acute lung injury, circulatory failure and death. The present work aimed at investigating whether there is systemic inflammation and vascular dysfunction after paraquat exposure and whether these parameters were related. There was neutrophilia and accumulation of neutrophils in lung and bronchoalveolar lavage of(More)
The effects of neuropeptide Y on the intracellular level of Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) were studied in cultured rat adrenal chromaffin cells loaded with fura-2. A proportion (16%) of cells exhibited spontaneous rhythmic [Ca2+]i oscillations. In silent cells, oscillations could be induced by forskolin and 1,9-dideoxyforskolin. This action of forskolin was not modified(More)
The family of nitric oxide synthases (NOS) has significant importance in various physiological mechanisms and is also involved in many pathological processes. Three NOS isoforms have been identified: neuronal NOS (nNOS or NOS 1), endothelial NOS (eNOS or NOS 3), and an inducible NOS (iNOS or NOS 2). Both nNOS and eNOS are constitutively expressed.(More)
BACKGROUND The understanding of obsesity-related vascular dysfunction remains controversial mainly because of the diseases associated with vascular injury. Exercise training is known to prevent vascular dysfunction. Using an obesity model without comorbidities, we aimed at investigating the underlying mechanism of vascular dysfunction and how exercise(More)
Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is an important factor in the pathophysiology of hypertension. Mas receptor, Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)]-activated receptor, is an important RAS component and exerts protective effects in the vasculature. Ang-(1-7) vascular effects and Mas receptor expression in carotid from renovascular hypertensive (2K-1C) rats is not(More)
Endothelial senescence has been suggested to promote endothelial dysfunction in age-related vascular disorders. This study evaluated the prothrombotic properties of senescent endothelial cells (ECs) and the underlying mechanism. Serial passaging from passage (P)1 to P4 (replicative senescence) of porcine coronary artery ECs, or treatment of P1 ECs with the(More)
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