Carolina Schwartz

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Serotonin N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) is the first enzyme in the conversion of serotonin to melatonin. Changes in AANAT activity determine the daily rhythm in melatonin secretion. Two AANAT genes have been identified in the pike, pAANAT-1 and pAANAT-2, expressed in the retina and in the pineal, respectively. The genes preferentially expressed in these(More)
This study aimed to determine whether glucocorticoid receptors are expressed in the photosensitive trout pineal organ, and whether glucocorticoids modulate melatonin secretion. On Western blots from pineal extracts, an antibody directed against trout glucocorticoid receptor labeled a single band at the expected size (approximately 100 kDa). Dexamethasone(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophil migration to an inflamed site constitutes the first line of the innate immune response against invading microorganisms. Given the crucial role of endogenous lectins in neutrophil mobilization and activation, lectins from exogenous sources have often been considered as putative modulators of leukocyte function. Lectins purified from(More)
Synaptic membranes were isolated from the forebrains of rats of increasing postnatal ages. Developmentally related changes in the structure and concnetration of synaptic membrane glycoproteins were indicated by: (1) a 2--3 fold increase in glycoprotein sialic acid between 5 and 60 days; (2) a similar increase in the number of membrane receptors for the(More)
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