Elisabet Salas

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Current pharmacological treatments for eating disorders and obesity are of limited value and thus the identification of novel targets is highly needed to enhance the development of more effective drugs. Among the bottlenecks limiting the introduction of new medicines is the reported heterogeneity of these diseases, which makes it difficult to find drugs(More)
Heat-shock proteins play functional roles on brain regulatory processes which are deeply involved in drug addiction, such as synaptic plasticity. However, few studies have been focused on gene expression of heat-shock proteins (Hsp) as potential diagnostic tools for addiction risk. This work tries to provide new knowledge on this field by using two rat(More)
Vulnerability to the addictive effects of drugs of abuse varies among individuals, but the biological basis of these differences are poorly known. This work tries to increase this knowledge by comparing the brain proteome of animals with different rate of extinction of cocaine-seeking behaviour. To achieve this goal, we used a place-preference paradigm to(More)
We have comparatively studied hsp90beta gene and protein expression in the nucleus accumbens of Lewis and Fischer 344 (F344) rats, two inbred strains that exhibit prominent behavioural differences in drug-seeking behaviours. Phenotypical studies confirmed that Lewis rats developed a higher preference for morphine-paired environments after conditioning.(More)
Validated biomarkers of addiction vulnerability are unavailable despite their potential value in diagnostics and therapeutics. As cocaine and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptides can be considered candidates for such biomarkers, we have studied the acute regulation of CART gene expression in the nucleus accumbens of rats with different(More)
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) injection is currently being studied in clinical trials for potential antinociceptive applications. This work tries to increase the knowledge of its biological tolerability by using a behavioral procedure that can detect aversive effects of drug treatments, as well as in vitro cytotoxicity studies in non-excitable cell systems. Place(More)
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