Fabián Rolando Jiménez López

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Mammalian reproduction is dependent upon intermittent delivery of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) to the anterior pituitary. This mode of secretion is required to sensitize maximally the gonadotrophs to LHRH stimulation and to regulate gonadotropin gene expression. While LHRH secretion is pulsatile in nature, the origin of the pulse generator(More)
The present study was designed to evaluate the relative contribution of endogenous excitatory amino acids to the control of the estradiol-induced LH surge using specific blockers for N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) and non-NMDA receptor types. Adult female rats ovariectomized for 2-3 weeks were implanted with third ventricular cannulae one week before the(More)
Galanin (GAL) is widely distributed in the peripheral and the central nervous systems. In the brain, the highest GAL concentrations are observed within the hypothalamus and, particularly, in nerve terminals of the median eminence. This location, as well as GAL actions on prolactin, growth hormone, luteinizing hormone (LH), and LH-releasing hormone (LHRH)(More)
The incidence of colocalization of galanin (GAL) in luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) neurons is 4- to 5-fold higher in female than male rats. This fact and the finding that the degree of colocalization parallels estradiol levels during the estrous cycle suggest that GAL is an estrogen-inducible product in a subset of LHRH neurons. To analyze(More)
Colocalization of neurotransmitters, including neuropeptides and amines, in the same neuron of certain areas or well-defined nuclei of the central and peripheral nervous systems appears to be the rule rather than the exception. The coexistent neurotransmitters can be coreleased and interact at pre- and postsynaptic levels in a synergistic or antagonistic(More)
We have recently reported that a subpopulation of galanin (GAL)-immunoreactive perikarya in the preoptic area near the organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis (OVLT) has morphological characteristics similar to those of LHRH-containing neurons. In fact, both peptides are colocalized in those neurons in the male rat brain. In these studies we describe(More)
Recently, our laboratory has provided evidence for a physiologically relevant stimulatory influence of oxytocin (OXY) on the preovulatory luteinizing hormone (LH) surge in cycling female rats. The present study evaluated whether this stimulatory effect of OXY on LH release is exerted at a central or peripheral site of action by comparing the ability of(More)
The present study was designed to analyze in detail the effects of L-glutamate (L-Glu) and its agonists on the release of LHRH from arcuate nucleus-median eminence (AN-ME) fragments in vitro. Fragments from adult male rats were incubated in Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate buffer in the presence of different concentrations of L-Glu, kainate (KA),(More)
1. Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), synthesized in specialized neurons in the hypothalamus, is the prime regulator of reproduction. In its absence, reproductive development is arrested and disorders of LHRH secretion result in several reproductive dysfunctions. 2. The LHRH neuronal network plays a paramount role in the regulatory loop(More)