Concha Gonzalez-Garćia

Learn More
The molecular mechanisms involved in veratridine-induced chromaffin cell death have been explored. We have found that exposure to veratridine (30 microM, 1 h) produces a delayed cellular death that reaches 55% of the cells 24 h after veratridine exposure. This death has the features of apoptosis as DNA fragmentation can be observed. Calcium ions play an(More)
Transgenic mice overexpressing Dyrk1A (TgDyrk1A), a Down syndrome (DS) candidate gene, exhibit motor and cognitive alterations similar to those observed in DS individuals. To gain new insights into the molecular consequences of Dyrk1A overexpression underlying TgDyrk1A and possibly DS motor phenotypes, microarray studies were performed. Transcriptome(More)
Lipid rafts and mitochondria are promising targets in cancer therapy. The synthetic antitumor alkyl-lysophospholipid analog edelfosine (1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-rac-glycero-3-phosphocholine) has been reported to target lipid rafts. Here, we have found that edelfosine induced loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and apoptosis in human cervical carcinoma(More)
Nicotine-induced catecholamine (CA) secretion and inward ionic currents were inhibited by the opioid antagonist naloxone in cultured bovine chromaffin cells. Naloxone inhibited nicotine-induced CA secretion, as detected by an on-line real-time electrochemical technique, in a dose-dependent manner (IC(50)=29 microM). In voltage-clamped chromaffin cells,(More)
We have studied the contribution of P-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels to both catacholamine (CA) and ATP secretion from bovine chromaffin cells induced by high K+ or nicotine using omega-agatoxin IVA, a selective blocker of P-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels. We found that high K+ (75 mM) induced the release of about 13% of norepinephrine, 5%(More)
The tumor suppressor gene p53 is a potent transcriptional regulator for genes involved in many cellular activities including cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. In this study, we examined the role of p53 in neuronal death induced by the sodium channel modulator veratridine. We also analyzed the involvement of Ca2+, mitochondria and reactive oxygen species in(More)
An increase in extracellular Ca2+ concentration from 0.25 to 10 mM enhanced secretion of norepinephrine and epinephrine induced by a high extracellular K+ concentration (75 mM). The increment in extracellular Ca2+ concentration also increased the observed peak inward Ca2+ current in response to long (10-s) depolarizing pulses from a holding potential of -55(More)
Nicotine-induced ATP secretion from chromaffin cells was blocked by imipramine and desipramine. This blocking action took place on both, fast and slow, components of ATP secretion. Exposure of chromaffin cells to nicotine (10 microM) for 4 s induced an inward current of about -155 pA. Imipramine and desipramine blocked, in a concentration-dependent manner,(More)
Minocycline, a semisynthetic derivative of tetracycline, displays beneficial activity in neuroprotective in models including, Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington disease and stroke. The mechanisms by which minocycline inhibits apoptosis remain poorly understood. In the present report we have investigated the(More)
One of the functions of chromogranin A (CGA), the major soluble component of secretory granules in both adrenal medullary chromaffin cells and many other endocrine cell types appears to be that of a prohormone. CGA is the precursor of several peptides including pancreastatin, a 49-residue peptide, and a 20-residue peptide, chromostatin, which have been(More)