F Sanchez-Franco

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Two-day-old male rats received a subcutaneous injection of arginine-vasopressin (AVP) antiserum and avoidance behaviour was studied 3 months later. Rats treated with the antiserum showed a clear retention deficit in a one-trial learning, step-through passive avoidance situation. Anti-AVP treatment also induced an impairment on the acquisition of a two-way(More)
It has been reported that mammalian pineal activity is influenced by reproductive hormones. However, even though a relationship between serum estrogen levels and pineal indole metabolism is well documented, little is known about other pineal components. Among peptides, arginine vasopressin (AVP) has been identified in the pineal gland of several species. In(More)
Genetically obese Zucker rats, like obese humans, have normal or elevated circulating insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels in the presence of low GH secretion. Hyperinsulinemia, increased energy status, or other nutritional factors associated with obesity could be responsible for these findings directly by increasing hepatic IGF-I production at the(More)
A double immunohistochemical study for VIP and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) was carried out on monolayer cultures from adult male rats pituitary glands treated with dopamine (ranging from 10(-9) to 10(-5) M), in order to establish whether or not dopamine is involved in the regulation of the proliferation rate of pituitary VIP-immunoreactive(More)
Immunoreactive levels of vasoactive intestinal peptide (IR-VIP) in the rat pineal gland were examined during the estrous cycle. IR-VIP was shown to be identical to the synthetic porcine material by its similarity in competitive binding studies, and by both gel filtration and high pressure liquid chromatography. Pineal IR-VIP decreased at early proestrus(More)
Previous studies carried out in normal male or ovariectomized female rats have shown that bombesin plays an inhibitory role on growth hormone (GH) secretion. Since estrogens play an important role in the neuroregulation of GH secretion, we have studied the effects of bombesin on basal GH secretion and GH responses to GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) in untreated(More)
The morphological-morphometric consequences of bilateral adrenalectomy on vasopressin-reacting neurons of the paraventricular nucleus of the rat hypothalamus were analyzed. Bilateral adrenalectomy led to a dramatic increase in the cellular area as well as the number of immunoreactive cells (when compared to those obtained in normal colchicine-treated(More)
In the tail-flick test in mice, the intraventricular administration of Substance P (10-5,000 ng/mouse) produced a naloxone-reversible analgesic effect of rapid onset and long duration. The dose-response curve was bell-shaped, the analgesic effect being smaller after the largest doses. The analgesia was blocked by concomitant intraventricular administration(More)