Alexis M . Rodriguez

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The osmoregulation capabilities of juvenile Siberian sturgeon exposed to three experimental osmolalities (22, 250 and 387 mOsmol kg−1) were studied over a 45-day period. Growth performance, haematological parameters, ion concentrations, gill and spiral valve Na+-K+-ATPase activities, as well as gill and spiral valve histology, were measured. At the end of(More)
The aim of this study was to provide a sequential analysis of the expression patterns of key genes involved in lipid metabolism in white adipose tissue (WAT) and liver and their relationship with blood parameters in response to fasting. Adult male rats were studied under different feeding conditions: feeding state, after 4, 8, or 24 h fasting, and after 3 h(More)
Background There is an urgent need to identify biomarkers to guide personalized therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). We aimed to clinically qualify androgen receptor (AR) gene status measurement in plasma DNA using multiplex droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) in pre- and post-chemotherapy CRPC. Methods We optimized ddPCR assays for AR copy(More)
Noradrenaline-dependent brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis is activated by the cold and excess energy intake, largely depends on the activity of the uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), and is mediated mainly through the β3-adrenoceptor (β3-AR). We investigated the expression of ucp2, a gene that encodes a putative UCP1-like uncoupling protein, along with(More)
The brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenic response to diet-induced obesity and cold has been found to be gender dependent. In the present work, we aimed to investigate the effects of the main physiological male and female sex hormones, i.e. testosterone, progesterone and 17-β-estradiol, on the expression of uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) – the main mediator(More)
Resistin and adiponectin are adipokines with postulated opposite functions. Resistin has been related with insulin resistance in obesity, while adiponectin could be associated to higher insulin sensitivity. We have determined whether the production of these two adipokines during the day is related to the feeding rhythm in rats. Resistin mRNA levels in(More)
MAGE genes are frequently expressed in several types of human malignancy and code for antigens recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes. We have previously described a monoclonal antibody (MAb), named 6C1, that recognizes the MAGE-1 protein and cross-reacts with a 72-kDa protein present in lysates of melanoma cells such as MZ2-MEL. To identify this protein, we(More)
Four variants of the highly hemolytic antimicrobial peptide Pin2 were chemically synthesized with the aim to investigate the role of the proline residue in this peptide, by replacing it with the motif glycine-valine-glycine [GVG], which was found to confer low hemolytic activity in a spider antimicrobial peptide. The proline residue in position 14 of Pin2(More)
The contention and treatment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacteria that cause infectious diseases require the use of new type of antibiotics. Pandinin 2 (Pin2) is a scorpion venom antimicrobial peptide highly hemolytic that has a central proline residue. This residue forms a structural "kink" linked to its pore-forming activity towards human(More)
Two antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), named La47 and Css54, were isolated from the venom of the spider Lachesana sp. and from the scorpion Centruroides suffusus suffusus, respectively. The primary structures of both La47 and Css54 were determined using N-terminal sequencing and mass spectrometry. La47 is identical to the AMP latarcin 3a obtained previously(More)