Diéguez González

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Recently, nitric oxide (NO) has emerged as an important modulator of several neuroendocrine events. Present studies were designed in order to evaluate the involvement of endogenous NO in the control of GH secretion. In a first set of experiments, in vivo pituitary responsiveness to the elicitors of GH release, GH-releasing hormone (GHRH), GH-releasing(More)
The outer membrane (OM) of the intracellular parasite Brucella abortus is permeable to hydrophobic probes and resistant to destabilization by polycationic peptides and EDTA. The significance of these unusual properties was investigated in a comparative study with the opportunistic pathogens of the genus Ochrobactrum, the closest known Brucella relative.(More)
The role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) in the control of prolactin (PRL) secretion was analysed in prepubertal male rats. In experiment 1, males of different ages were decapitated after administration of NMDA or vehicle. In experiment 2, 30-day-old males were killed at different times after administration of vehicle, NMDA, MK-801 (a non-competitive NMDA(More)
In the last few years, nitric oxide (NO) has emerged as an important intra- and intracellular messenger involved in the control of hypothalamic-pituitary function. The present experiments were undertaken in order to evaluate the pituitary component in the modulatory action of NO on gonadotropin secretion, as well as the second messenger pathway(s) involved.(More)
The control of prolactin (PRL) secretion by N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and kainic acid (KA), agonists of NMDA and kainate receptors, and the interactions between NMDA and KA with nitric oxide (NO) were analysed in prepubertal female rats. For this purpose, serum PRL concentrations and hypothalamic and pituitary dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT)(More)
The role of kainic acid (KA) (an agonist of non-NMDA receptors) in the control of GH secretion and the modulation of KA action by gonadal secretion were analysed in male rats. In the first experiment 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 30-day old males were sacrificed 15 min after injecting with vehicle or KA (2.5 mg/kg BW). In the second experiment, the effects of KA,(More)
Many reports indicate that prolactin has a role in puberty occurrence. The present study was developed to evaluate the action of pituitary grafts on puberty. Female rats grafted on day 21 with "adult' (90 days old) or "young' (21 days old) pituitaries showed precocious vaginal opening and first estrus. The puberty advancement induced by "adult' transplants(More)
The gaseous transmitter nitric oxide (NO) appears to be involved in the control of LH secretion and in the modulation of LH responses after stimulation with luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH), excitatory amino acids (EAAs) and leptin. The regulatory action of NO in the control of LH secretion includes modulation of LHRH release, changes in(More)
The role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA receptors in the control of FSH and LH secretion was analysed in prepubertal male rats. In the first experiment 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 30-day-old males were decapitated 15 min after vehicle, NMDA or kainic acid (KA) administration. In the second experiment, 23-day-old males were sham-orchidectomized or(More)
The antiprogesterone RU486 injected on proestrus to cyclic rats advances the preovulatory surge of LH, resulting in a 3-day estrous cycle. To ascertain whether proestrous progesterone secretion regulates ovulation by synchronizing the functions of the ovary, the pituitary and the hypothalamus, in this study the effects of RU486 (4 mg/0.2 ml oil/s.c.) at(More)