Estrella Ruiz

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We determined the dose-response relationship and examined the time related effect of CRF (corticotropin releasing factor) injected directly into the median eminence (ME) on LH and FSH secretion in conscious female rats of different steroid status. Doses of 0.25, 0.75, 1, and 1.5 nM CRF dissolved in 1 microliter of water were injected into the ME in 5(More)
To evaluate whether the median eminence (ME) is the site of action of CRF (corticotropin releasing factor) in inhibiting LH levels in female rats, we have injected CRF (1 nmol) directly into the ME and then measured plasma LH and FSH concentrations in conscious ovariectomized (OVX) rats in the absence or presence of a single dose of estradiol benzoate (EB).(More)
BACKGROUND. The incidence of prostate cancer (PCa) and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) continues to rise in the Western world. The development and growth of the prostate gland depends on androgen stimulation. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the primary androgen responsible for prostate development and also for the pathogenesis of benign prostatic(More)
We determined the dose-response relationship and examined the time-related effect of CRF (corticotropin releasing factor) injected directly into the Median Eminence (ME) on LH secretion in conscious intact and castrated male rats. Doses of 0.25, 0.75, 1, and 1.5 nmol CRF dissolved in 1 microl of saline (or saline only in the controls) were injected into the(More)
To evaluate whether the median eminence (ME) is a site of action of opioids on gonadotropin secretion, and to determinate the role of estradiol (E) and progesterone (P) in modifying these secretion in response to naloxone, we injected naloxone (1, 2.5 and 5 micrograms) into the ME in ovariectomized rats treated with estradiol benzoate (OVX+E) or(More)
To evaluate whether the median eminence (ME) is a site of action of opioids on gonadotropin secretion, we injected naloxone into the ME in male rats and measured LH and FSH serum levels. Injection into the ME of either 0.5 or 1 microgram of naloxone significantly decreased serum LH levels 10 and 30 min postinjection. A dose of 0.1 microgram had not effect.(More)
The intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of ACTH (1-24) (0.1, 1.0 and 2.5 micrograms) to adult conscious ovariectomized (OVX) rats caused a dose-related inhibition of plasma LH at 10 min postinjection. The ICV injection of ACTH (1-24) (2.5 micrograms) to OVX rats in the absence or presence of a single dose of estradiol benzoate (OVX + EB): a) Decreased(More)
The 3alpha-hydroxy ring A-reduced metabolite of progesterone, 3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-pregnan-20-one (allopregnanolone) is among the most potent known ligands of the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor, designated GABA-A, in the central nervous system. We determined by RIA serum levels of progesterone (PROG), 5-alpha-dihidroprogesterone (DHP) and(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the expression of several metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in exudative pleural effusions, and their relationship with inflammatory and fibrinolytic mediators in parapneumonic effusions. The study included 51 parapneumonic effusions (30 empyema or complicated parapneumonic, 21(More)
We previously reported the deleterious effects of acute alcohol intoxication (AAI) on pituitary-gonadal and pituitary-adrenal axes hormones in human adolescents. In the present paper we studied the effects of AAI on the growth axis hormones, and the possible contribution of the insulin-glucose axis to the alcohol-induced dysfunction of the growth axis in(More)