Ana Catarina Silva

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Elevations in cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) constitute a fundamental signal transduction mechanism in eukaryotic cells, but the molecular identity of Ca(2+) channels initiating this signal in plants is still under debate. Here, we show by pharmacology and loss-of-function mutants that in tobacco and Arabidopsis, glutamate(More)
This study was carried out in Uruguay (30–35°S), South America, with two complementary approaches. First, an extensive exploration of Uruguayan freshwaters allowed us to assess the distribution of the two major species of Gymnotiformes (out of 4) across sites. Gymnotus carapo was uniformly distributed in Uruguayan territory, whereas Brachyhypopomus(More)
Temperature is a major variable that affects all biological systems. Environmental temperature determines animal geographical distribution and activity, and influences their reproductive cycle, particularly within the temperate zone. Temperature, as a physical parameter, also strongly affects excitable tissues. The hypothesis of temperature as the most(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are characterized by a heterogeneous set of clinical manifestations. Our aims were to assess the neurological features of SCA3, and to describe and test the feasibility, reliability, and validity of a comprehensive Neurological Examination Score for Spinocerebellar Ataxia (NESSCA). The NESSCA was administered to molecularly(More)
In contrast to most of the previous studies in gymnotiform reproduction, which have been conducted in the tropical region, this study examines a gymnotid from the temperate region in both the natural habitat and the laboratory. The gonadal histology of Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus is described for the first time. The male had a paired, lobular testis of(More)
Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is a common clinical syndrome for which effective treatment depends on a rapid and accurate diagnosis. Despite advances in imaging and a better understanding of small bowel pathophysiology, SBO is often diagnosed late or misdiagnosed, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. A comprehensive approach that includes(More)
The electric organ discharge (EOD) of weakly electric fish encodes information about species, sex, behavioral, and physiological states throughout the lifetime. Its central command is crucial for sensory-motor coordination, and is therefore the target of plastic mechanisms that adapt fish to environmental and social challenges. The EOD waveform of(More)
Hormones mediate sexually selected traits including advertisement signals. Hormonal co-regulation links the signal to other hormonally-mediated traits such that the tighter the integration, the more reliable the signal is as a predictor of those other traits. Androgen administration increases the duration of the communication signal pulse in both sexes of(More)
At the southern boundary of gymnotiform distribution in America, water temperature changes seasonally, and may be an environmental cue for the onset of breeding. In this study, we aim to describe the role of temperature upon electric organ discharge waveform in Gymnotus carapo, order Gymnotiformes, family Gymnotidae, and to analyze its interactions with the(More)
The guidance signals that drive pollen tube navigation inside the pistil and micropyle targeting are still, to a great extent, unknown. Previous studies in vitro showed that nitric oxide (NO) works as a negative chemotropic cue for pollen tube growth in lily (Lilium longiflorum). Furthermore, Arabidopsis thaliana Atnos1 mutant plants, which show defective(More)