Ana Crystal Franco

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CDP-choline (cytidine-5-diphosphate-choline) is an acetylcholine precursor frequently used in cerebrovascular disorders and psychoorganic syndromes. Furthermore, several authors have demonstrated the positive effects of CDP-choline on cognitive disorders and memory deficits. In the present study, the effects of CDP-choline (1000 mg/day, p.o. for 1 month) on(More)
Cell adhesion molecules and downstream growth factor-dependent signaling are critical for brain development and synaptic plasticity, and they have been linked to cognitive function in adult animals. We have previously developed a mimetic peptide (FGL) from the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) that enhances spatial learning and memory in rats. We have(More)
Histamine (HA) is a biogenic amine involved in the regulation of neurovegetative, cognitive, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune functions in the central nervous system (CNS). A bidirectional interaction between the CNS and the neuroimmune system has been demonstrated in recent years. However, data concerning brain HA-cytokine interactions are scarce. In this(More)
Recent investigations indicate that a neuroimmune reaction, associated with inflammatory mechanisms, can contribute in Alzheimer's disease (AD) to cell damage and neurodegeneration. Activation of microglial cells, expression of immunohistochemical markers of brain immune function, the presence of complement proteins in brain tissue and changes in cytokine(More)
BACKGROUND The C57BL/6 mouse model has been used extensively in alcohol drinking studies, yet significant differences in ethanol preference between substrains exist. Differences in ethanol-induced dopamine release in the ventral striatum could contribute to this variability in drinking behavior as dopamine has been implicated in the reinforcing properties(More)
Subcortical band heterotopia is a neuronal migration disorder that may cause refractory epilepsy. In these patients, resective surgery has yielded inadequate results. Deep brain stimulation of the anterior nuclei of the thalamus has been used for the treatment of refractory epilepsy with good results. We describe the first two patients with subcortical band(More)
The aim of the present study was to analyze the 24-h rhythm in plasma melatonin concentration and the day-night differences in synaptophysin expresion and ultrastructural characteristics of the pinealocytes in developing female sheep. Ewes of three different ages were examined: infantile (1-6 months old), pubertal and early fertile age (9-24 months old) and(More)
Histamine (HA) acts as a neurotransmitter and/or neuromodulator in mammalian brain. Central HA has been found to be involved in the regulation of behavioral, cognitive, neurovegetative, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune functions. In this study we have evaluated psychomotor activity (PMA) and passive avoidance behavior (PAB) in rats with bilateral neurotoxic(More)