Esperanza Ortega

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BACKGROUND Ingestion of raw or undercooked fish can lead to infection of human subjects by the fish parasite Anisakis simplex, a disease known as anisakiasis or anisakidosis. Patients sensitized to this fish parasite show high levels of total and specific IgE. Cross-reactions seem to explain the fact that specific IgE antibodies are also found in a high(More)
Previous studies relating hormone and cytokine concentrations in follicular fluid to oocyte fertilizability were flawed by the uncertainty about the actual oocyte maturity status at the time of recovery and by the possible contribution of the male factor to failures of conventional in-vitro fertilization. This is the first study in which oocyte maturity was(More)
The enzyme 5alpha-reductase (5alpha-R) is present in many mammalian tissues, including the brain. The physiological importance of 5alpha-R in the brain derives from its capability to convert testosterone (T) to a more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and to convert progesterone and deoxycorticosterone (DOC) to their respective 5alpha-reduced(More)
- The effects of acute alcohol intoxication (AAI) on the pituitary-gonadal axis hormones, and the possible contribution of pituitary-adrenal axis hormones, beta-endorphin and prolactin to alcohol-induced dysfunction of pituitary-gonadal axis hormones were studied in adult men and women. Blood samples were drawn from adults of both sexes who arrived at the(More)
Teenage drinking continues to be a major problem in industrialized countries, where almost 35% of alcohol drinkers are under 16 years old. In the present paper we studied the effects of acute alcohol intoxication (AAI) on the pituitary-gonadal (PG) axis hormones, and the possible contribution of pituitary-adrenal (PA) axis hormones, beta-endorphin (BEND),(More)
A novel, accurate, rapid and modestly labor-intensive method has been developed to quantitate specific mRNA species by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). This strategy combines the high degree of specificity of competitive PCR with the sensitivity of laser-induced fluorescence capillary electrophoresis (LIF-CE). The specific target(More)
BACKGROUND Concentrations of certain substances in follicular fluid (FF) are related to fertilization outcome and early post-fertilization development. The study aim was to identify FF markers with which to predict embryo implantation potential. METHODS Concentrations of selected hormones, cytokines and growth factors in individual FF samples obtained(More)
The liver is a multifunctional organ responsible for steroid hormones catabolism. Thus, the enzymes responsible for steroid catabolism are located in the liver, including the steroid 5alpha-Reductase (5alpha-R) (EC which catalyzes the conversion of compounds with Delta(4,5) double bonds such as testosterone (T) into their respective reduced(More)
There is extensive evidence in rats that prenatal environmental stress (PES) exposure and early postnatal altered maternal care, as a consequence of stress during gestation, can detrimentally affect the brain and behavioral development of the offspring. In order to separate the effect of PES on the fetuses from that on the behavior of the mother, in the(More)
We studied the expression of type 1 (5α-R1) and type 2 (5α-R2) 5α-reductase isozymes (5α-R) and their regulation by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prefrontal cortex of male and female rats during postnatal sexual differentiation of the central nervous system (CNS), using one-step quantitative RT-PCR coupled with laser-induced fluorescence capillary(More)