María del C Muñoz

Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba, Provincia de Cordoba, Argentina

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Publications (4)8.1 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer is a major health problem because of its aggressiveness and the lack of effective systemic therapies. The aim of the study was the identification of beneficial properties of combined celecoxib and capecitabine treatment during an experimental pancreatic cancer model. N-nitrosobis (2-oxopropyl)amine (BOP) was used as a tumoral agent for 12 weeks. Celecoxib and capecitabine were administered either as monotherapy or combined 12 weeks after cancer induction for a period of 24 weeks. The presence of well-developed or moderate adenocarcinoma was evaluated in the pancreas. Several markers of stress, such as lipoperoxides, reduced glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GHS-Px) were determined. BOP induced the presence of pancreatic tumors associated with a rise in lipoperoxides and the reduction of the antioxidant status in the pancreas. The administration of celecoxib and capecitabine reduced the number of animals with tumors (33 and 66%, respectively). This antitumoral effect was associated with a recovery of GSH, SOD and CAT activity in the pancreas of BOP-treated animals. The combined treatment exerted a synergic antitumoral effect and reduced pancreatic oxidative stress. The combined administration of celecoxib and capecitabine exerted a synergistic antitumoral effect and increased the antioxidant status restoration in pancreatic cancer.
    Pancreatology 11/2010; 10(5):641-7. · 2.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We demonstrate that olfactory bulbectomy produced oxidative and cell damage together with behavioural changes. This situation was reversed by fluoxetine administration. The data suggest that oxidative stress may represent common pathophysiological mechanisms in this experimental model, as well as that beneficial effect of fluoxetine may be mediated by antioxidative action.
    Letters in Drug Design &amp Discovery 05/2007; 4(4):305-310. · 0.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper evaluates the effects of testosterone (0.5 mg/kg subcutaneously (s.c.) for 8 days) on oxidative stress and cell damage induced by 3-nitropropionic acid (20 mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p.) for 4 days) in ovariectomized rats. Gonadectomy triggered oxidative damage and cell loss, evaluated by the detection of caspase-3, whereas 3-nitropropionic acid increased the levels of oxidative stress induced by ovariectomy and prompted cell damage characterized by enhanced levels of lactate dehydrogenase. These changes were blocked by testosterone administration. Our results support the following conclusions: i) ovariectomy triggers oxidative and cell damage via caspase-3 in the striatum; ii) 3-nitropropionic acid exacerbates oxidative stress induced by ovariectomy and leads to cell damage characterized by increased levels of lactate dehydrogenase; iii) testosterone administration decreases oxidative stress and cell damage. Additionally, these data support the hypothesis that testosterone might play an important role in the onset and development of neurodegenerative diseases.
    Life Sciences 04/2007; 80(13):1221-7. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of present study was to clarify the role of female sex hormones in the development and course of neurodegenerative disease in an experimental model of Huntington's disease induced by 3-nitropropionic acid (NPA) (30mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p.)/day for 4 days) in ovariectomized rat. Gonadectomy prompted oxidative stress and cell death evaluated by the detection of caspase-3, whereas 3-nitropropionic acid enhanced the oxidative stress induced by ovariectomy and it triggered cell damage characterized by increases of LDH levels. These changes were prevented by administration of 17 β-estradiol. Our findings suggested that: (i) ovariectomy induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in the brain; (ii) 3-nitropropionic acid exacerbated oxidative stress induced by ovariectomy and shifting cell to cell death; and (iii) 17 β-estradiol administration decreased oxidative stress and cell death induced by ovariectomy and 3-nitropropionic acid. These results revealed that sex ovarian hormones play a important role in onset and development of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as neuroprotective effects of 17 β-estradiol against the changes induced ovariectomy and ovariectomy plus 3-nitropropionic acid.
    Neurochemistry International 01/2006; 48(5):367-373. · 2.66 Impact Factor