Alba R Serrano

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Mutations of the parkin gene are the most frequent cause of early onset autosomal recessive parkinsonism (EO-AR). Here we show that inactivation of the parkin gene in mice results in motor and cognitive deficits, inhibition of amphetamine-induced dopamine release and inhibition of glutamate neurotransmission. The levels of dopamine are increased in the(More)
The effects of fluid percussion trauma on brain interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) levels have been studied. In the cortex and hippocampus of control and sham-operated rats, the levels of these cytokines were very low (below 4 units/mg protein) and constant. IL-6 and IL-1 levels in the ipsilateral cortex increased rapidly(More)
The dorsal and median raphe 5-HT neurons give rise to projections that differ in axon morphology and in vulnerability to certain amphetamine derivatives. The present study was undertaken to determine if these two 5-HT systems possess different functional properties. To this end, we studied the effects of selective 5-HT1A or 5-HT1A/5-HT1B receptor agonists(More)
The neuroprotective potential of eliprodil (SL 82.0715), an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist acting at the polyamine modulatory site, in brain trauma was examined in a rat model of lateral fluid-percussion brain injury. The volume of the lesion was assessed histologically by measuring, at 7 days post-injury, the area of brain damage at 10(More)
The effects of a variety of stressful environmental situations on dopamine metabolism in the prefrontal cortex (as assessed by in vivo voltammetry with carbon fiber electrodes) have been compared in two genetically selected lines of rat (Roman high (RHA/Verh) and low (RLA/Verh) avoidance) which differ drastically in their level of emotionality. Heart rate(More)
The effect of a tail-pinch stress on dopamine metabolism in the nucleus accumbens and frontal cortex was investigated in the awake unrestrained rat by measuring extracellular 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) levels through the use of in vivo differential pulse voltammetry. Mild tail pressure for 8 min caused a large (maximal effect + 70%) and(More)
We have used the technique of in vivo voltammetry with carbon fibre electrodes to investigate further the involvement of ascending mesencephalic dopaminergic systems in emotional states in freely moving rats. In Sprague-Dawley rats, forced locomotion caused an increase in extracellular DOPAC levels in the striatum and nucleus accumbens but not in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the clinical and demographic factors associated with delays in the diagnosis of lung cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A 2-year prospective study of patients admitted to the respiratory medicine ward with a suspected diagnosis of lung cancer. We studied demographic factors, health care received, place of residence, and delays in carrying out(More)
The effects of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists CPP, TCP, PK 26124 and ifenprodil, and of the minor tranquillizer diazepam on stress-induced changes of dopamine metabolism in the nucleus accumbens were investigated in the rat. Dopamine metabolism was assessed by measuring the extracellular levels of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC)(More)
Based on the fact that 1-(2-methoxyphenyl)-4(4-(2-phtalimido)butyl)piperazine (NAN-190), a high-affinity ligand for 5-HT1A and alpha 1-adrenoceptors, antagonizes the behavioural effects of the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT (8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin), it has been suggested that this drug behaves as a 5-HT1A receptor antagonist. In the(More)