Angelica Fierro

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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are a family of ligand-gated nonselective cationic channels that participate in fundamental physiological processes at both the central and the peripheral nervous system. The extent of calcium entry through ligand-gated ion channels defines their distinct functions. The α9α10 nicotinic cholinergic receptor, expressed in(More)
Although substrate conversion mediated by human monoaminooxidase (hMAO) has been associated with the deprotonated state of their amine moiety, data regarding the influence of protonation on substrate binding at the active site are scarce. Thus, in order to assess protonation influence, steered molecular dynamics (SMD) runs were carried out. These(More)
Deschampsia antarctica (Poaceae) is one of the two vascular plants known to have colonized the Antarctic region. Studies examining the biosynthesis of flavonoids, compounds which plants use, for example, for protection against overexposure to UV light or as antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and other oxidative species, in D. antarctica may provide(More)
Two of the possible catalytic mechanisms for neurotransmitter oxidative deamination by monoamine oxidase B (MAO B), namely, polar nucleophilic and hydride transfer, were addressed in order to comprehend the nature of their rate-determining step. The Quantum Chemical Cluster Approach was used to obtain transition states of MAO B complexed with(More)
The research investigated the effects of acute ACTH 1-17 administration on plasma cortisol, short-term memory, anxiety state, blood pressure and heart rate. In a double blind crossover design, healthy volunteers were serially evaluated at 5 min, 20 min, 40 min, 60 min after injection of ACTH 1-17 or placebo in separate sessions. Results show that ACTH 1-17(More)
Despite their structural and chemical commonalities, p-chloro-β-methylphenethylamine and p-methoxy-β-methylphenethylamine display distinct inhibitory and substrate activities upon MAO-B binding. Density Functional Theory (DFT) quantum chemical calculations reveal that β-methylation and para-substitution underpin the observed activities sustained by(More)
This work presents the design and synthesis of a series of novel 2-benzylquinuclidine derivatives, comprising 12 methiodide and 11 hydrochloride salts, and their structural and pharmacological characterization at the human (h) α7 and α4β2 nicotinic receptors (nAChRs). The antagonistic potency of these compounds was tested by Ca(2+) influx assays on cells(More)
Structural changes in the metal site of the copper–zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) are involved in the various mechanisms proposed for the pathogenesis of the SOD1-linked familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Elucidating how the metal site of SOD1 can be disrupted by ALS-linked mutations is important for a better understanding of the(More)
4-Methylthioamphetamine (MTA) is a phenylisopropylamine derivative whose use has been associated with severe intoxications. MTA is usually regarded as a selective serotonin-releasing agent. Nevertheless, previous data have suggested that its mechanism of action probably involves a catecholaminergic component. As little is known about dopaminergic effects of(More)
En los últimos años se han multiplicado los estudios sobre relaciones de dimensiones o factores de personalidad con trastornos psicopatológicos, en especial con los conceptuados como trastornos de personalidad (Eje II del sistema DSM: cf. Asociación Americana de Psiquiatría, 1994), y asimismo, en el otro polo, relaciones con la que cabe llamar personalidad(More)