A Rodríguez del Castillo

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Immunofluorescence and cytochemical studies have demonstrated that filamentous actin is mainly localized in the cortical surface of the chromaffin cell. It has been suggested that these actin filament networks act as a barrier to the secretory granules, impeding their contact with the plasma membrane. Stimulation of chromaffin cells produces a disassembly(More)
Scinderin, a novel Ca2+-activated actin filament-severing protein, has been purified to homogeneity from bovine adrenal medulla using a combination of several chromatographic procedures. The protein has an apparent mol. wt of 79,600 +/- 450 daltons, three isoforms (pIs 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2) and two Ca2+ binding sites (Kd 5.85 x 10(-7) M, Bmax 0.81 mol Ca2+/mol(More)
Nicotinic stimulation and high K(+)-depolarization of chromaffin cells cause disassembly of cortical filamentous actin networks and redistribution of scinderin, a Ca(2+)-dependent actin filament-severing protein. These events which are Ca(2+)-dependent precede exocytosis. Activation of scinderin by Ca2+ may cause disassembly of actin filaments leaving(More)
Scinderin is a calcium-dependent actin filament-severing protein recently discovered in the chromaffin cells of adrenal medulla. In view of the wide tissue distribution of gelsolin, another actin filament-severing protein, experiments were performed to determine the tissue expression of scinderin. Extracts prepared from different bovine tissues were tested(More)
The process of exocytosis is a fascinating interplay between secretory vesicles and cellular components. Secretory vesicles are true organelles which not only store and protect neurotransmitters from inactivation but also provide the cell with efficient carriers of material for export. Different types of secretory vesicles are described and their membrane(More)
Histamine is a known chromaffin cell secretagogue that induces Ca(2+) -dependent release of catecholamines. However, conflicting evidence exists as to the source of Ca2+ utilized in histamine-evoked secretion. Here we report that histamine-H1 receptor activation induces redistribution of scinderin, a Ca(2+)-dependent F-actin severing protein, cortical(More)
It has been demonstrated that filamentous actin (F-A) is mainly localized in the cortical surface of the chromaffin cell. This F-A network acts as a barrier to the chromaffin granules impeding their contact with the plasma membrane. Stimulation of chromaffin cells with either nicotine or a depolarizing concentration of K+ induces the disassembly of cortical(More)
This paper describes the effects of castration and testosterone replacement on the Na+,K+-ATPase activity levels of the cerebral cortex (CC), preoptic-suprachiasmatic region (POSC) and mediobasal hypothalamus (MBH) in male rats. Na+,K+-ATPase activity was estimated as the ouabain-sensitive fraction of ADP and AMP generation rate, measured by high-pressure(More)
The reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic separation of purine dinucleoside polyphosphates on octadecyl- and phenyl-bonded silica packings using phosphate-based eluents was studied. The effects of pH, ionic strength and the content of the organic modifiers methanol and acetonitrile in the mobile phase on the retention and other(More)
Concentrations of norepinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA), 3,4-dihydroxy phenylacetic acid (DOPAC), serotonin (HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (HIAA) were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrical detection (HPLC-ED) in homogenates of lumbosacral spinal cord, mediobasal hypothalamus and cerebral cortex of male rats. The effects of(More)