Danièle Leroy

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In rodents, there is compelling evidence indicating that dynamic cell-to-cell communications involving cross talk between astroglial cells (such as astrocytes and specialised ependymoglial cells known as tanycytes) and neurones are important in regulating the secretion of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH), the neurohormone that controls both sexual(More)
In the ever-changing physiological context of the neuroendocrine brain, the mechanisms by which cellular events involving neurons, astroglia, and vascular cells are coordinated to bring forth the appropriate neuronal signaling is not yet known but is amenable to examination. In the median eminence of the hypothalamus, endothelial cells are key players in(More)
Considerable research has been devoted to the understanding of how nitric oxide (NO) influences brain function. Few studies, however, have addressed how its production is physiologically regulated. Here, we report that protein-protein interactions between neuronal NO synthase (nNOS) and glutamate NMDA receptors via the scaffolding protein postsynaptic(More)
Estrogen plays an important role in regulating gonadotropin secretion and reproductive behavior. The estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) was believed to be the only receptor which mediated the actions of the hormone until the identification of a novel ER called ERbeta. In the present study, the map of ERalpha immunoreactive (IR) neurons was compared with the(More)
The distribution of gonadal steroid (estrogen, progesterone) receptors in the brain of the adult female mink was mapped by immunocytochemistry. Using a monoclonal rat antibody raised against human estrogen receptor (ER), the most dense collections of ER-immunoreactive (IR) cells were found in the preoptic/anterior hypothalamic area, the mediobasal(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) may function as an intercellular messenger in the hypothalamus and may play a role in the control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion and sexual behavior. Progesterone also plays an important role in the regulation of reproductive functions. Recent experiments have shown that progesterone-induced sexual behavior in(More)
The hypothalamic infundibular area is located outside the blood-brain barrier and includes, the ventromedial arcuate nucleus (vmARC) sensing circulating substances, and the median eminence (ME) where neurohormones are released into the hypothalamo-hypophysial vasculature. This integrated functional unit, pivotal in endocrine control, adjusts neuroendocrine(More)
In a attempt to improve the sensitivity of the simultaneous use of immunohistochemistry (IHC) with estrogen receptor (ER) and in situ hybridization (ISH) with a neuropeptide receptor, we first applied an existing microwave (MW) irradiation protocol for immunohistochemical detection of the estrogen receptor in frozen brain sections. Regions of interest were(More)
Interactions among gonadal steroid hormones and the dopamine synthesizing enzymes, tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) or aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC), participate in hypothalamic functions. Several findings suggest that the expression patterns of the progesterone receptor (PR), TH and AADC overlap in the guinea pig brain. However, it remained to be(More)
Voriconazole is a treatment for severe fungal infections. Prolonged voriconazole therapy may induce skin reactions, with 1% of severe photosensitivity accidents. Recently the imputability of voriconazole in skin carcinogenesis has been suggested. This report concerns a 55-year-old man suffering from pulmonary aspergillosis who presented a phototoxic(More)