Enrique Ortí

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1. Glucocorticoid hormones affect several functions of the spinal cord, such as synaptic transmission, biogenic amine content, lipid metabolism, and the activity of some enzymes (ornithine decarboxylase, glycerolphosphate dehydrogenase), indicating that this tissue is a target of adrenal hormones. 2. Corticosterone, the main glucocorticoid of the rat, is(More)
We examined the effects of glucocorticoids on induction of glycerol phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) in the spinal cord of rats. After a single subcutaneous dose of 5 mg/kg of dexamethasone (DEX) phosphate, GPDH activity was maximally increased at 20 h with the effect still persisting for 46 h, in contrast to ODC activity,(More)
The central nervous system contains two classes of corticoid receptors, named types I and II following terminology accepted for the kidney. Phenotypically, type I sites are differentiated into a corticosterone (CORT)-preferring species (Ia) and a mineralocorticoid receptor (Ib). These populations were tentatively compared in the spinal cord and hippocampus.(More)
The dependence of hormone binding to glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) on cellular ATP levels led us to propose that GRs normally traverse an ATP-dependent cycle, possibly involving receptor phosphorylation, and that without ATP they accumulate in a form that cannot bind hormone. We identified such a form, the null receptor, in ATP-depleted cells. GRs are(More)
The structure-property relationship study of a series of cationic Ir(III) complexes in the form of [Ir(C^N)2(dtBubpy)]PF6 [where dtBubpy = 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridine and C^N = cyclometallating ligand bearing an electron-withdrawing group (EWG) at C4 of the phenyl substituent, i.e., -CF3 (1), -OCF3 (2), -SCF3 (3), -SO2CF3 (4)] has been investigated.(More)
Two new conjugated porphyrin-based systems (dimers 3 and 4) endowed with suitable crown ethers have been synthesized as receptors for a fullerene-ammonium salt derivative (1). Association constants in solution have been determined by UV-vis titration experiments in CH2Cl2 at room temperature. The designed hosts are able to associate up to two(More)
The synthesis and steady-state fluorescence studies on the interaction with AMPH, METH, MDMA, and DA of two diazatetraester pyrazole crowns containing appended N-(9H-fluoren-9-yl) and N-(naphth-2-ylmethyl) functions, in a water/ethanol 70:30 mixture at physiological pH, are described.
In addition to effects in the periphery through inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, several lines of evidence suggest that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) act in the central nervous system. The possibility that the central action of NSAIDs involves regulation of opioid receptors was investigated by quantitative autoradiography of mu, delta,(More)
Studied under in vivo conditions, uptake of [3H]corticosterone (CORT) by purified cell nuclei of the hippocampus was much higher than in the spinal cord, although the latter may contain in cytosol up to 50% of glucocorticoid receptors found in cytosol of hippocampus. Experiments were undertaken to explain these differences. First, the in vivo affinity of(More)
Glucocorticoids (GC) have several known effects on the function of the nervous system, and GC receptors have been identified in regions responding to hormonal action. In the spinal cord, GC receptors have been characterized in vitro, which share several biochemical properties in common with receptors in better studied areas such as the hippocampus.(More)