Alejandro Negrón

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Lactating females that fiercely protect offspring exhibit decreased fear and anxiety. The authors tested whether decreased corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), an activator of fear and anxiety, plays a functional role in maternal aggression. Intracerebroventricular (icv) injections of CRF (1.0 and 0.2 microg, but not 0.02 microg) significantly inhibited(More)
To investigate the role of corticolimbic input in modulating feeding-related nucleus accumbens (Acb) circuitry, researchers temporarily deactivated sites within the basolateral amygdaloid complex (BLA) or central amygdaloid region (CeA) via GABA(A) agonist (muscimol) infusions and measured feeding responses following muscimol infusions into the Acb shell.(More)
The C57BL/10 SPS/sps mouse mutant are audiogenic seizure-susceptible. The enzymatic activities of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD), GABA aminotransferase (GABA-T), alanine aminotransferase (ALA-T), aspartate aminotransferase (ASP-T), and glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) of whole brain supernatant are significantly reduced in these epileptic mice. GABA uptake is(More)
There is evidence suggestive of the possible neuromodulatory role forl-proline in the mammalian brain. The binding of proline to whole mouse brain synaptic membranes has been partially characterized. Several binding sites for this imino acid have been identified; one in the nanomolar range and at least two in the submicromolar range. The binding of proline(More)
The C57BL/10 sps/sps mouse mutant displays generalized absence seizure-like behavior. In these mice, glutamic acid decarboxylase activity is reduced in the cortex and hippocampus. Tritiated flunitrazepam binding (3H-flu) is reduced in these areas, as well as in midbrain, cerebellum, and pons-medulla. Quantitative [3H]-flunitrazepam binding autoradiography(More)
Neurotensin (NT) is a neuropeptide involved in cocaine reward, and in learning and memory processes related to drug use within the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system. Studies have demonstrated that NT receptor antagonists have potential as pharmacotherapeutical tools for cocaine abuse. Therefore, it is important to understand the molecular profile of NT within(More)
C57BL/10Bg sps/sps mice display behavioral arrest, similar to generalized absence seizures. Compared with the parent strain C57BL/10Bg SPS/SPS, the activities of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD, E. C., GABA aminotransferase (GABA-T, E. C., aspartate aminotransferase (ASP-T, E. C., and glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH, E. C. in(More)
L-proline has been shown to exert a variety of physiological and behavioral effects that are consistent with its possible role as a neuromodulator in the mammalian brain. The binding of l-proline to mouse brain synaptosomes has been partially characterized. Preliminary kinetic analysis shows the presence of at least two binding sites in the submicromolar(More)
L-Glutamate and 2-amino-7-phosphonoheptanoic acid [corrected] (AP-7) (10(-9) to 10(-6) M), a competitive NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) antagonist, inhibit approximately 60% of [3H]L-proline binding to rat membranes from midbrain. In hippocampal membranes, AP-7 inhibits proline binding by 80%, while in cerebellar membranes AP-7 had little effect. These results(More)
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