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The antiproliferative effect of serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin antagonists has been demonstrated in prostate tumors. Since Hypericum perforatum components act as serotonin-reuptake inhibitors and exert cytotoxic effects on several human cancer cell lines, in this work we analyzed the effect of a treatment with Hypericum perforatum(More)
This study tested the effects of 8 days of subchronic administration of 3,4-methylene dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) (5 mg/kg b.w.) on preprotachykinin A mRNA levels in discrete rat brain regions. In situ hybridization examined preprotachykinin A mRNA levels in the core and shell of the nucleus accumbens, the islands of Calleja, the olfactory tubercle, the(More)
The mechanisms by which vanadate exerts a toxic effect on living organisms are not completely understood. This is principally due to the variety of intracellular targets of the metal and to the changes in the chemical form and oxidation states that vanadate can undergo, both in the external environment and intracellularly. In order to further elucidate the(More)
Losartan, 2-n-butyl-4-chloro-5-hydroxymethyl-1-[(2'(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-biphenil-4-yl)methyl]imidazole, and Irbesartan, 2-n-butyl-3-[(2'-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-biphenyl-4-yl)methyl]-1,3-diaza-spiro[4,4]non-1-en-4-one, are two angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonists largely used in human health care as antihypertensive agents. Their ability to cross the blood-brain(More)
Stem cell factor (SCF) is a growth factor, essential for haemopoiesis, mast cell development and melanogenesis. In the hematopoietic microenvironment (HM), SCF is produced either as a membrane-bound (-) or soluble (+) forms. Skin expression of SCF stimulates melanocyte migration, proliferation, differentiation, and survival. We report for the first time, a(More)
When present at intracellular concentrations above micromolar, vanadate becomes toxic to most organisms. However, the yeast Hansenula polymorpha is able to grow on vanadate concentrations in the millimolar range, showing at the same time modifications in cellular ultrastructure and polyphosphate metabolism. Here, the development of the ultrastructural(More)
Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is a basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper (bHLH-LZ) transcription factor, which regulates the differentiation and development of melanocytes and pigment cell-specific transcription of the melanogenesis enzyme genes. Though multiple splice variants of MITF have been reported in humans, mice and other(More)
There is still a lack of studies on fungal microbiota in mosquitoes, compared with the number available on bacterial microbiota. This study reports the identification of yeasts of clinical significance in laboratory mosquito species: Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles stephensi, Culex quinquefasciatus, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. Among the yeasts(More)
A Bacillus stearothermophilus in vitro translational system has been developed to study the expression of the three cistrons (infC, rpml, and rplT) constituting the infC operon of this bacterium. When directed by homologous in vitro transcribed infC tricistronic mRNA, this system, which consists of partially purified and purified components of the B.(More)
A lzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of the CNS characterized by deposition of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles with consequent neuron death. Clinically it is characterized by a progressive loss of memory and impairment of learning capacity (Selkoe 1997; Seabrook et al. 1999). Substance P (SP) is a neurotransmitter related to(More)
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