Fernando Afonso

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The distribution of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)-immunoreactive nerves and CGRP binding sites, as well as the effect of CGRP on the muscle tension, was studied in the hamster seminal vesicle and coagulating gland. The use of an immunofluorescence staining technique on cryostat sections revealed that in the hamster seminal vesicle and coagulating(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of two different levels of food restriction on testicular angiogenic activity, microvascularization, tissue growth, and regression, using the rabbit as a study model. The rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus) were randomly assigned to a control group (A, n=5), fed ad libitum, and to groups B (n=5)(More)
The reproductive processes of chondrichthyans are complex. Knowledge of the development and maturation of the oviducal gland is vital for understanding the reproductive biology of a species. This study represents the first contribution of this subject for skates. In the oviparous thornback ray, Raja clavata, oviducal gland development begins early in the(More)
In the present work we have investigated the effects of medium- (15 days) and long-term (2 months) castration on vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)-immunoreactive nerve fibres and 125I-labelled VIP binding sites in the adult hamster seminal vesicle. The density of VIP- and synaptophysin (general neuronal marker)-containing nerve fibres was determined in(More)
The importance of neuronal factors in the normal physiology of the seminal vesicles has been traditionally underestimated when compared to the trophic role of androgens. Immunohistochemical, autoradiographical and pharmacological experiments have, however, raised the possibility that neuropeptides, such as vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP),(More)
The presence and distribution of 125I-vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) binding sites in blood vessels supplying the hamster seminal vesicle was studied using a receptor autoradiographic technique before and following castration. 125I-VIP binding was studied in intact animals, in animals under a 15-day period of castration and in animals under the(More)
The distribution of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)- and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)-immunoreactive nerves and 125I-labeled VIP- and CGRP-binding sites was studied in the hamster seminal vesicle of 12-, 30- and 60-day-old animals. In addition, the general innervation of the seminal vesicle was examined using the general neuronal marker(More)
The use of business intelligence (BI) systems by organizations is increasingly considered as an asset, which goal is to provide access to information in a timely manner in order to support the decision-making process. However, in specific cases such as local government organizations, there are very specific challenges. Some of them like privacy rights and(More)
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