Albert Fernández

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A method that combines high performance liquid chromatography with radioimmunoassay (HPLC/RIA) has been used to characterize neurotensin-like immunoreactivity (NT-IR) in the basal ganglia from control subjects and Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. In samples from the caudate nucleus and putamen, NT-IR eluted as two HPLC peaks. One was indistinguishable(More)
The specific binding of [3H]neurotensin, [3H]substance P, [3H]D-Ala2-D-Leu5-enkephalin (delta receptors) and [3H]-Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-(NMe)Phe-Gly-ol (mu receptors) were studied in membrane preparations of caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus and substantia nigra from patients with Parkinson's disease and from age-matched controls. The density of neurotensin(More)
The levels of the neuropeptides Met- and Leu-enkephalin (MET-ENK, LEU-ENK), substance P and neurotensin were measured by a combined high performance liquid chromatography/radioimmunoassay (HPLC/RIA) method in postmortem samples of basal ganglia from Parkinson's disease patients, incidental Lewy body disease patients (pre-symptomatic Parkinson's disease) and(More)
Substance P (SP), Met-enkephalin (Met-enk) and cholecystokinin-8-S (CCK-8-S) were measured by a combined HPLC/RIA method in the caudate nucleus and anterior putamen from controls and from Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. SP levels were reduced in caudate in PD, but unchanged in putamen. No differences in Met-enk content were found in parkinsonians(More)
Diazepam-dependent cats were challenged with different benzodiazepine recognition site ligands 24 h after the last dose of chronic treatment with diazepam (7 mg/kg, i.p. at 08.00 and 20.00 h, for 21 consecutive days). The benzodiazepine derivatives Ro 15-4513 (a partial inverse agonist) and Ro 15-1788 (a pure antagonist), precipitated an abstinence syndrome(More)
Met-enkephalin (Met-enk) and substance P (SP) were measured by a combined high-performance liquid chromatography/radioimmunoanalysis method in medial (GPM) and lateral globus pallidus (GPL) from controls and from Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. All patients showed a similar marked (> 90%) reduction in dopamine (DA) levels in putamen compared with(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the ability of different benzodiazepine recognition site antagonists (Ro 15-1788 and ZK 93426) and inverse agonists (Ro 15-4513, FG 7142 and CGS 8216) to induce abstinence signs in diazepam-dependent cats. Different groups of cats were challenged with each of the benzodiazepine recognition site ligands under(More)
Astrocytic glial cells from neonatal rat brains were grown in primary culture. Dipeptidyl peptidase II (DPP-II) enzyme activity was measured in cells disrupted by nonionic detergent. The rate of enzyme activity was measured in the presence of various ions, under isosmotic conditions adjusted using mannitol and NaCl. DPP-II activity was not affected by the(More)