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Fabiana Blanco, PhD student

Current position

PhD student

Academic degree

Bachelor in Biology, Faculty of Science, Universidad de la Repúblice, 2002.

Master of Science (MSc), PEDECIBA, Universidad de la Rebública. Thesis: "Estudio de la  actividad biológica de nitrolipidos y su efecto sobre las propiedades mecánicas de la pared arterial". Mentors: Dr. Homero Rubbo and Ricardo L. Armentano. 2007.

Current research interest

Macro- and microvascular complications of diabetes: Studies on NFAT (Nuclear Factor of Activated T-cells) as a novel target for the treatment of atherosclerosis and vascular dysfunction in diabetes.

Ongoing projects

  1. Test the impact of NFAT signaling inhibition in vivo in a type 2 diabetic model that better replicates the human pathology and develops advanced atherosclerotic plaques.
  2. Use novel non-invasive methods to longitudinally assess diabetes-induced atherosclerosis and specifically ask whether treatment with the NFAT blocker A-285222 leads to plaque regression or limited progression of lesions or both.
  3. Test the role of NFATc2 isoform in the development of microvascular complications of diabetes.

Selected publications


Desing, synthesis and biological characterization of novel antiatherogenic tocopherol  analogs-nitric oxide donors. Gloria V. López , Carlos Batthyány, Fabiana Blanco, Horacio Botti, Andrés Trostchansky, Rafael Radi, Mercedes González, Hugo Cerecetto  and Homero Rubbo. Bioorg. Med. Chem.; 13(20):5787-5796; 2005.

Second generation of α-tocopherol analogs-nitric oxide donors: Synthesis, physicochemical and biological characterization. Gloria V. López, Fabiana Blanco, Paola Hernández, Ana Ferreira, Oscar E. Piro, Carlos Batthyány, Mercedes González, Homero Rubbo, and Hugo Cerecetto. Bioorg. Med. Chem.; 15:6262-6272; 2007.

Synthesis, Isomer Characterization, and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Nitroarachidonate. Andrés Trostchansky, José M. Souza, Ana Ferreira, Mariana Ferrari, Fabiana Blanco, Madia Trujillo, Diego Castro, Hugo Cerecetto, Paul R. S. Baker, Valerie B. O’Donnell and Homero Rubbo. Biochemistry; 46, 4645-4653; 2007.

6-methyl-nitroarachidonate: a novel esterified nitroalkene which potently inhibits platelet aggregation and exerts cGMP mediated vascular relaxation. Fabiana Blanco, Ana M. Ferreira, Gloria V. López, Lucía Bonilla, Mercedes González, Hugo Cerecetto, Andrés Trostchansky and Homero Rubbo. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. FRBM, manuscript number: D-10-00311, January 2011.


Congress Communications:

Efectos de la respiración sobre la variabilidad de la frecuencia cardíaca. Fabiana Blanco, Mª Angélica Gómez, Eduardo Migliaro. IX Meeting of Biosciences Society of Uruguay. Maldonado, Uruguay, 2000, pp86.

Effect of the natural flavonoid on isolated aortic rings contraction and relaxation. Fabiana Blanco, Mª Angélica Gómez, Eduardo Migliaro. XI Scientific Forum of International Society of Latin-Americans Heart Research, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, 2001.

Patrones locomotores y eléctricos en el cortejo de Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus. Rossana Perrone, Fabiana Blanco, Alberto Capurro, Ana Silva y Omar Macadar. X Meeting of Biosciences Society of Uruguay. Maldonado, Uruguay, 2002, pp100.

Efecto del flavonoide natural quercetina sobre anillos de aorta aislada, contracción y  relajación. Mª Angélica Gómez, Fabiana Blanco, y Eduardo Migliaro. X Meeting of Biosciences Society of Uruguay. Maldonado, Uruguay, 5/2002, pp75.

Seasonal and differences in locomotor and electric displays in Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus. L. Quintana, R. Perrone, A. Silva, A. Capurro, F. Sierra, F. Blanco, O. Macadar. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, EEUU, 2002.

Synthesis and Biological Characterization of novel nitric oxide donors: A Pharmacological approach for Atherogenesis. López Virginia; Blanco, F.; Batthyány, C.; Méndez, S.; Castro, D.; Möller, M.; Migliaro, E.; Denicola, A.; González, M.; Cerecetto, H. and Rubbo, H. 12th Biennal Meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research International, Bs.As, Argentina, 2004, pp68.

Novels Tocopherol Analogs as Nitric Oxide Donors. López, V.; Batthyány, C.; Blanco, F.; González, M.; Rubbo, H.; Cerecetto, H. 2nd Brazilian Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry, Río de Janeiro, Brazil, 2004, pp56.

Caracterización biológica de dadores de NO· miméticos de tocoferol. Blanco, Fabiana; López, V.; Battyhány, C.; Gómez, M.A.; Mai, S.; González, M.; Cerecetto, H.; Migliaro, E.R.; Rubbo, H.. III Workshop of Young Biologist,School of Science, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2004, pp51.

Synthesis and Biological Properties of Nitroarachionates. Andrés Trostchansky, Diego Castro, Fabiana Blanco, José M. Souza, Gloria V. Lopez, Mercedes Gonzalez, Hugo Cerecetto and Homero Rubbo. IV Meeting of the South American group of the society for  Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Águas de Lindoia, SP, Brazil, 2005.

Diseño, Síntesis y Evaluación Biológica de Liberadores de Óxido Nítrico. López, V. Batthyány, C. Blanco, F. Botti, H. Trostchansky, A. González, M. Rubbo, H. Cerecetto,H. XV National Sympsium of Organic Chemistry, Mar del Plata, Argentin, 2005, pp98.

Synthesis, Characterization and Anti- Inflammatory Properties of Nitroarachidonate. Andrés Trostchansky, José M. Souza, Ana Ferreira, Mariana Ferrari, Madia Trujillo, Fabiana Blanco, Valerie O´Donnell and Homero Rubbo. SFRMB’s 12 th Annual Meeting Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Texas, USA, 2005.

Actividad Biológica de Lípidos Nitrados Derivados del Ácido Araquidónico. Blanco, F.; Trostchansky, A.; Castro, D.; Botti, H.; Migliaro, E.R.; González, M.; Cerecetto, H.; Rubbo, H. IX Meeting of Biosciences Society of Uruguay Lavalleja, Uruguay, 2005, pp241.

Síntesis y propiedades biológicas de nitroaraquidonato. Trotchansky, A., Castro, D., Blanco, F ., Souza, J.M., López, V., González, M., Cerecetto, H., Rubbo, H. IX Meeting of Biosciences Society of Uruguay, Lavalleja, Uruguay, 2005, pp44.

Biological properties of nitrated derivatives of arachidonic acid. Blanco, F.; Trostchansky, A.; Castro, D.; López, V.; Migliaro, E.R.; Cerecetto, H.; Rubbo, H. XXXV Annual meeting of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society of Brazil, Águas de Lindoia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2006, pp113.

Synthesis and vasoactive properties of methyl-nitroarachidonate. Blanco, F.; Trostchansky, A.; Castro, D.; López, V.; Migliaro, E.R.; Cerecetto, H.; Rubbo, H. Free Radicals in Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2007, pp28.

Advances on the synthesis and biological characterization of nitrosothiol derivatives of alpha tocopherol: a pharmacological approach for atherogenesis. Gómez, L.; Silveira, R.G.; Blanco, F.; Hernández, P.; Ferreira, A.; González, M.; Cerecetto, H.; López, G.V. Free Radicals in Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2007, pp111.

Avances en la síntesis y evaluación biológica de tocoferol-miméticos liberadores de óxido nítrico. Gómez, L.; Silveira, R.G.; Blanco, F., Hernández, P., González, M., Rubbo, H., Cerecetto,H., López, G.V. XVI National Symposium of Organic Chemestry, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2007.

Methyl-nitroarachidonate: Vasoactive properties and mechanism action. Blanco, F; Ferreira, AM; López, GV; Trostchansky, A; Migliaro ER; Rubbo, H. XVII International Society of  Heart Research  Latin American Section, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009, pp248.

New synthetic NO-releasing vitamin E analogs for the potential treatment of atherosclerosis. L.E. Gómez, M. González, H. Cerecetto, F. Blanco, H. Rubbo, G.V. López. VI Meeting of Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine South American Group, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2009, pp114.

Inhibition of Nuclear Factor of Activated T-cells (NFAT) reduces diabetes-induced atherosclerosis. Anna V. Zetterqvist, Lisa, M Berglund, Fabiana Blanco, María Wigren, Fong To, Jan Nilsson, Eva Bengtsson, María F. Gomez. Experimental Biology, annual meeting, Washington, EEUU, 2011.


Fabiana Blanco
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Diabetic Complications

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