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Dr. Ernesto Jimenez Md

3000 E Fletcher Ave Suite 350
Tampa FL 33613
813 775-5557
Medical School: University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine - 1986
Accepts Medicare: Yes
Participates In eRX: No
Participates In PQRS: No
Participates In EHR: No
License #: ME70856
NPI: 1851323463
Taxonomy Codes:
174400000X 208G00000X

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Human cord blood stem cell paracrine factors activate the survival protein kinase Akt and inhibit death protein kinases JNK and p38 in injured cardiomyocytes. - Cytotherapy
We hypothesized that paracrine factors from human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (hUCBC) activate in injured cardiomyocytes the survival protein kinase Akt and limit activation of death protein kinases JNK and p38.We treated hUCBC with H2O2 and measured growth factors and cytokines secreted by hUCBC. We then treated cardiomyocytes with H2O2 for 24 h and measured Akt, JNK and p38 activation by means of Western blots. We also measured myocyte viability and apoptosis with the use of fluorescence-activated cell-sorting cytometry. We then investigated myocytes treated for 24 h with H2O2 plus hUCBC and myocytes without hUCBC or H2O2. Four million hUCBC were placed in transwells permeable only to hUCBC paracrine factors, and the transwells were placed in flasks with H2O2 + Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium or in flasks with myocytes plus H2O2+Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium.hUCBC increased secretion during H2O2 of hepatocyte growth factor by 338%, insulin-like growth factor by 200%, interleukin-4 by 200%, vascular endothelial cell growth factor by 192%, placental growth factor by 150%, interleukin-10 by 150% and angiogenin by 121%. H2O2 increased myocyte JNK activation by 237% and p38 activation by 60%, decreased myocyte viability by 38% and increased necrosis by 34% (all P < 0.01). hUCBC paracrine factors increased in myocytes with H2O2 Akt activation by ≥ 25%, decreased JNK and p38 activation by > 35%, increased viability by > 22% and decreased apoptosis by > 33% (all P < 0.05). Akt inhibitor API-1 prevented the effects of hUCBC and enhanced H2O2 decrease of myocyte viability. Addition of JNK inhibitor SP600125 or p38 inhibitor SB203580 to myocytes plus H2O2 prevented H2O2 decrease in viability and increased hUCBC beneficial effects.During free radical stress, hUCBC paracrine factors activate myocyte Akt, which increases myocyte viability by decreasing activation of death-promoting protein kinases JNK and p38.Published by Elsevier Inc.
Production of nanometer-size GaAs nanocristals by nanosecond laser ablation in liquid. - Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology
This paper reports the formation and characterization of spherical GaAs quantum dots obtained by nanosecond pulsed laser ablation in a liquid (ethanol or methanol). The produced bare GaAs nanoparticles demonstrate rather narrow size distribution which depends on the applied laser power density (from 4.25 to 13.9 J/cm2 in our experiments) and is as low as 2.5 nm for the highest power used. The absolute value of the average diameter also decreases significantly, from 13.7 to 8.7 nm, as the laser power increases in this interval. Due to the narrow nanoparticle size dispersion achieved at the highest laser powers two absorption band edges are clearly distinguishable at about 1.72 and 3.15 eV which are ascribed to E0 and E1 effective optical transitions, respectively. A comparison of the energies with those known for bulk GaAs allows one to conclude that an average diameter of the investigated GaAs nanoparticles is close to 10 nm, i.e., they are quantum dots. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images show that the bare GaAs nanoparticles are nanocrystalline, but many of them exhibit single/multiple twin boundary defects or even polycrystallinity. The formation of the GaAs crystalline core capped with a SiO2 shell was demonstrated by HRTEM and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. Effective band edges can be better distinguished in SiO2 capped nanoparticles than in bare ones, In both cases the band edges are correlated with size quantum confinement effect.
Abdominal angiostrongyliasis with involvement of liver histopathologically confirmed: a case report. - Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
Human abdominal angiostrongyliasis is a zoonotic disease caused by ingestion of the L3 larvae of Angiostrongylus costaricensis. The human infection gives rise to a pathological condition characterized by acute abdominal pain, secondary to an inflammatory granulomatous reaction, marked eosinophilia and eosinophilic vasculitis. Most commonly this disease is limited to intestinal location, primary ileocecal, affecting the mesenteric arterial branches and intestinal walls. We present one of the few cases reported around the world with simultaneous involvement of the intestines and liver, including proved presence of nematodes inside the hepatic arteriole.
Switchable bactericidal effects from novel silica-coated silver nanoparticles mediated by light irradiation. - Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
Here we report on the triggering of antibacterial activity by a new type of silver nanoparticle coated with porous silica, Ag@silica, irradiated at their surface plasmon resonant frequency. The nanoparticles are able to bind readily to the surface of bacterial cells, although this does not affect bacterial growth since the silica shell largely attenuates the intrinsic toxicity of silver. However, upon simultaneous exposure to light corresponding to the absorption band of the nanoparticles, bacterial death is enhanced selectively on the irradiated zone. Because of the low power density used for the treatments, we discard thermal effects as the cause of cell killing. Instead, we propose that the increase in toxicity is due to the enhanced electromagnetic field in the proximity of the nanoparticles, which indirectly, most likely through induced photochemical reactions, is able to cause cell death.
Laser-ablation-induced synthesis of SiO2-capped noble metal nanoparticles in a single step. - Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
Here we describe a simple, powerful technique based on the laser ablation of a target immersed in a water solution of a metal salt. With this method, nanoparticles of different metals and alloys can be processed very quickly. Both the target and the salt solution can be chosen to produce metal nanoparticles of different sizes, surface-oxidized nanoparticles (silica-silver, for example), or even more complex structures to be defined by the researcher on one or more steps because the technique combines the advantages of both physical and chemical methods. We have applied this technique to the fabrication of inert silica-metal (silver, gold, and silver-gold) nanoparticles with a strong surface plasmon resonance all together in a single step. The advantage of the simultaneous production of silica during laser ablation is the stabilization of the metal nanoparticle colloid but also the possibility to reduce the toxicity of these nanoparticles.
Sodium oxybate for excessive daytime sleepiness in Parkinson disease: an open-label polysomnographic study. - Archives of neurology
Many patients with Parkinson disease (PD) have excessive daytime sleepiness and numerous nocturnal sleep abnormalities.To determine the safety and efficacy of the controlled drug sodium oxybate in a multicenter, open-label, polysomnographic study in subjects with PD and sleep disorders. Design, Setting, and Patients Inclusion required an Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) score greater than 10 and any subjective nocturnal sleep concern, usually insomnia. An acclimation and screening polysomnogram was performed to exclude subjects with sleep-disordered breathing. The following evening, subjects underwent another polysomnogram, followed by an evaluation with the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) while practically defined off ("off") PD medications, ESS (primary efficacy point), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory, and Fatigue Severity Scale. Subjects then started sodium oxybate therapy, which was titrated from 3 to 9 g per night in split doses (at bedtime and 4 hours later) across 6 weeks, and returned for subjective sleep assessments. They then returned at 12 weeks after initiating therapy for a third polysomnogram, an off-medication UPDRS evaluation, and subjective sleep assessments. Data are expressed as mean (SD).We enrolled 38 subjects. At screening, 8 had sleep apnea (n = 7) or depression (n = 1). Twenty-seven of 30 subjects completed the study. Three dropped out owing to dizziness (n = 3) and concurrent depression (n = 1). The mean dose of sodium oxybate was 7.8 (1.7) g per night. The ESS score improved from 15.6 (4.2) to 9.0 (5.0) (P < .001); the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory score, from 10.9 (4.0) to 6.6 (3.9) (P < .001); and the Fatigue Severity Scale score, from 42.9 (13.2) to 36.3 (14.3) (P < .001). Mean slow-wave sleep time increased from 41.3 (33.2) to 78.0 (61.2) minutes (P = .005). Changes in off-medication UPDRS scores were not significant, from 28.4 (10.3) to 26.2 (9.6).Nocturnally administered sodium oxybate improved excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue in Identifier: NCT00641186.
An open-label pilot study of levetiracetam for essential tremor. - Clinical neuropharmacology
The objective of this study was to determine whether levetiracetam warrants further investigation as a treatment of essential tremor (ET). The authors conducted a 4 -week, open label trial of levetiracetam (Keppra, UCB Pharmaceuticals) in 10 patients diagnosed with ET. Patients were assessed with the complete Tremor Rating Scale (TRS), global impression measures, and adverse events at baseline, after 2 weeks low-dose 500 mg bid and at 4 weeks high-dose 1500 mg bid. All 10 subjects (mean age, 68.6 +/- 7.4 years; seven men, 9 with a positive family history of ET) completed the trial. The TRS observed tremor section modestly improved in 8 subjects (P <0.01). The TRS writing section, water pouring section, and activities of daily living section did not change, and visual analog scores did not change. Subjects rated themselves as "much improved" (n=3), moderately improved (n=1), unchanged (n=1), and mildly worse (n=5). Adverse events included dizziness (n=2), sedation (n=1), and nervousness (n=1). Levetiracetam was well tolerated but failed to improve tremor consistently in this small trial.

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