Antonio Fernández-Pérez

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In the developing mouse brain, once the generation of neurons is mostly completed during the prenatal period, precisely coordinated signals act on competent neural precursors to direct their differentiation into astrocytes, which occurs mostly after birth. Among these signals, those provided by neurotrophic cytokines and bone morphogenetic proteins appear(More)
Homeodomain transcription factors play an important role in the regulation of pancreatic islet function. In previous studies we determined that aristaless-like homeobox 3 (ALX3) is produced in islet cells, binds to the promoter of the insulin gene and regulates its expression. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the functional role of ALX3(More)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) acts on cortical precursor cells to trigger glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) gene expression and astrocyte differentiation by stimulation of intracellular cAMP production. Here, we show that as expected, PACAP activates cAMP-dependent protein kinase A. However, inhibition of protein kinase A(More)
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is a negative regulator of insulin signaling and a therapeutic target for type 2 diabetes (T2DM). In this study, we have evaluated the role of PTP1B in the development of aging-associated obesity, inflammation, and peripheral insulin resistance by assessing metabolic parameters at 3 and 16 months in PTP1B(-/-) mice(More)
During embryonic development, the aristaless-type homeodomain protein Alx3 is expressed in the forehead mesenchyme and contributes to the regulation of craniofacial development. In the adult, Alx3 is expressed in pancreatic islets where it participates in the control of glucose homoeostasis. In the present study, we investigated the transcriptional(More)
Alterations in transcription factors expressed in insulin-producing islet β-cells generate pancreatic dysfunction leading to diabetes. The homeodomain transcription factor Alx3 (aristaless-like homeobox 3) expressed in pancreatic islets participates in the regulated expression of several islet genes, and its deficiency in mice leads to islet cell apoptosis(More)
The aim of the present work was to further explore the physiological roles of muscle-derived IL-6. Adult-floxed and conditional skeletal muscle IL-6 knock out male and female mice were used to study energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry at rest and during treadmill exercise, and body temperature cycle during the light phase) and energy intake (response(More)
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