Francisco Doñate-Oliver

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The modulation of ionotropic gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors (GABA-gated Cl(-) channels) by a group of natural and synthetic flavonoids was studied in electrophysiological experiments. Quercetin, apigenin, morine, chrysin and flavone inhibited ionic currents mediated by alpha(1)beta(1)gamma(2s) GABA(A) and rho(1) GABA(C) receptors expressed in(More)
A pre-embedding immunocytochemical method was used to study the subcellular distribution of the voltage-dependent potassium channel Kv3.1b in the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) in developing and adult rat. The main finding was the localization of the channel in specific membrane compartments of the calyces of Held and principal globular(More)
The localization of metabotropic glutamate receptors of groups II (mGluR2/3) and III (mGluR4a) and the subunits 2 and 3 of alfa-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) ionotropic glutamate receptors (GluR2/3) was investigated with immunocytochemical methods in the rat adrenal gland. MGluR2/3, mGluR4a and GluR2/3 immunoreactivities were(More)
We have studied the presence and distribution of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionate (AMPA)-selective glutamate receptor subunits (GluR1, 2, 3, and 4) in the adult cat visual cortical areas 17, 18, 19, and the lateral suprasylvian areas (LSA). Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) amplification indicated that the genes(More)
The existence of a neuronal-glial signalling through the activation of neurotransmitter receptors expressed in glia is well-documented. In excitatory synapses, glutamate released from presynaptic terminals activates not only postsynaptic receptors, but also ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors localized in the glia ensheathing the synapses. The(More)
The characteristics and distribution pattern of retinal afferent terminals making synaptic contacts on narrow field vertical neurons in the stratum griseum superficiale of the rabbit superior colliculus were studied using the Golgi-gold substitution technique in combination with either autoradiographic or degenerative methods. At the level of light(More)
The pattern of expression of ionotropic glutamate receptor (GluR) subunits 1-4 in the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) has been reported to change during development. The aim of this study was to compare the distribution of the GluR1-4 subunits in the MNTB at postnatal day (P) 9, before high-frequency signal transmission in the auditory system(More)
Several studies indicate that metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) participate in the transmission of visual stimuli in optic layers of the superior colliculus (SC). We examined the cellular and subcellular distribution of the group III mGluR4a in superficial layers of the rat SC by means of a specific antiserum and a preembedding immunogold method for(More)
The mammalian superior colliculus (SC) may be divided into distinct layers on the basis of cytoarchitectonic criteria. These layers have different functions and patterns of connectivity. The superficial layers (stratum zonale, stratum griseum superficiale (SGS) and stratum opticum) are intimately associated with the processing of visual information. In the(More)
The aim of this study is to describe the morphological features of the origin cells of the visual corticopontine projection in the cat. To this end, the pontine grey matter of adult cats was injected with Rhodamine Latex Microspheres. The resulting, retrogradely marked cells of the visual cortex, were subsequently injected intracellularly with Lucifer(More)