Franco Sánchez-Franco

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In previous studies we demonstrated that insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) induces pituitary vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) gene expression and secretion, and that IGF-I-induced prolactin (PRL) release is mediated by VIP. In this study, we investigate the mitotropic action of IGF-I and VIP on pituitary lactotropes, and their possible interplay in(More)
There has been increasing experimental evidence to suggest that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I) may be one of the essential regulators in the reproductive system of the rat. IGF-I is synthesized in the hypothalamus and IGF-I immunoreactivity increases during puberty. Consequently we hypothesized that centrally located IGF-I might contribute to the(More)
There is extensive evidence that serotonin (5-HT) is implicated in the neuroendocrine control regulating the secretion of several anterior pituitary hormones. It has also been reported that the posterior pituitary is necessary for prolactin (PRL) response to 5-HT as well as to suckling, in which 5-HT implication has been demonstrated. As we have previously(More)
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)
Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) is a potent inducer of oligodendrocyte development and myelination. Although IGF-I intracellular signaling has been well described in several cell types, intracellular mechanisms for IGF-I-induced oligodendrocyte development have not been defined. By using specific inhibitors of intracellular signaling pathways, we(More)
Previous studies have shown that BDNF promotes expression of SS. In earlier studies we demonstrated the stimulatory effect of locally produced VIP upon SS secretion. These facts led us to explore the peptidergic action of BDNF on VIP, and to determine if BDNF-induced SS might be mediated by the induction of VIP. Cultured fetal rat cerebrocortical cells were(More)
There is increasing evidence that persistent depolarization plays a critical role not only in excitation-secretion coupling, but also in the mechanisms linking excitation of neuronal cells to long-term adaptative changes in biosynthesis of neuropeptides. Somatostatin (SRIF) release and synthesis are affected by numerous agents, such as high concentrations(More)
In previous studies we demonstrated that IGF-I induces proliferation of pituitary lactotrophs. In addition to its mitotrophic actions, IGF-I is known to prevent apoptosis induced by diverse stimuli in several cell types. In this study, we investigated the action of IGF-I on pituitary cell survival and the intracellular signaling transduction pathway(More)
Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) is shown to be involved in the regulation of pituitary hormones. High IGF-I concentrations were detected in hypothalamus and pituitary during adulthood. This study was undertaken to analyze the cellular distribution of IGF-I in the hypothalamo-hypophyseal system of the adult rat using immunocytochemical procedures. IGF-I(More)
GH appears to play an important metabolic role during late pregnancy and in lactation maintenance. In this study, pregnant (days 8, 15, and 20 of gestation) and postpartum (days 3 and 8 postpartum, including lactating and nonlactating dams) Wistar rats were used to investigate pituitary GH gene expression and hormone secretion, and the potential alterations(More)