Eric Acuña

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BACKGROUND Depletion of ovarian follicles is associated with the end of reproductive function in ageing females. Recently, it has been described that this process parallels increases in the concentration of norepinephrine (NE) in the rat ovary. In sexually mature rats, experimentally-induced increases in the sympathetic tone of the ovary is causally related(More)
OBJECTIVE To test in vitro the feasibility of welding amniotic membranes using Nd:YAG laser energy. STUDY DESIGN Fresh fetal membranes from term pregnancies were washed and cut into 1 cm2 pieces. Pooled cryoprecipitate (CPT), 50% albumin (Alb), or polytetrafluoroethilene (e-PTFE) were used as solder medium. The optimal settings of the laser were(More)
Galectin-8 (Gal-8) is a member of a glycan-binding protein family that regulates the immune system, among other functions, and is a target of antibodies in autoimmune disorders. However, its role in multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), remains unknown. We study the consequences of Gal-8 silencing(More)