Gabriel Scicolone

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Several ontogenetic studies have been devoted to the structural organization of the developing tectum opticum. They disagree in many respects because they are based on histological preparations performed with differently oriented planes of section. According to our results the differences found in the literature mainly result from the fact that the(More)
Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of topographic ordered connections in the central nervous system (CNS) constitute a key issue in neurobiology because neural connectivities are the base of the CNS normal function. We discuss the roles of the Eph/ephrin system in the establishment of retinotopic projections onto the(More)
This paper describes the development of the serotonergic innervation of the chick tectum opticum as revealed by an immunohistochemical methodology. The development of this innervation was previously described simply as the formation of an irregular network of serotonergic fibers that gradually invades the organ and increases in density. Our results show(More)
This paper analyzes the dynamics of cell proliferation in the developing central nervous system. Three different algorithms, Fano Factor, Allan Factor and Detrended Fluctuations Analysis, are used to estimate de scaling exponent of space numerical series obtained by recording the number and position of proliferating cells along the cephalic-caudal axis of(More)
The developing mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus (nucleus of the fifth cranial nerve; Mes5) is composed of four neuron populations: 1) the medial group, located at the tectal commissure; 2) the lateral group distributed along the optic tectum hemispheres; 3) a group outside the neural tube; and 4) a population located at the posterior commissure. The present(More)
BACKGROUND Cell proliferation plays an important morphogenetic role. This work analyzes the temporal-spatial organization of cell proliferation as an attempt to understand its contribution to the chick optic tectum (OT) morphogenesis. RESULTS A morphogenetic model based on space-dependent differences in cell proliferation is presented. Step1: a medial(More)
Purpose: To investigate whether the level of plasminogen activator (PA) activity assayed in gastrointestinal carcinomas and the “morphologically normal tissues” adjacent to them is associated with the degree of tumor progression. Methods: Tumor and “normal tissues” were obtained from gastrointestinal surgical samples to assess urokinase-type (u-PA) and(More)
Plasminogen activators are considered to be involved in several developmental events. The present work aims at characterizing the developmental pattern of expression of plasminogen activators in the chick cerebellum. Soluble fractions derived by ultracentrifugation from Triton X-100 treated membrane fractions were used for determination of the enzyme(More)
An in situ hybridisation technique was used to analyse the spatial and temporal pattern of expression of the mRNA encoding the four gamma-aminobutyric acid A (GABA(A)) receptor subunits (alpha1, alpha2, beta2, and gamma2) in the developing chick optic tectum. As a rule, layer i, layer h, and transient cell compartment 3 (TCC3) show the highest levels of(More)
Development is often described as temporal sequences of developmental stages (DSs). When tables of DS are defined exclusively in the time domain they cannot discriminate histogenetic differences between different positions along a spatial reference axis. We introduce a table of DSs for the developing chick optic tectum (OT) based on time- and(More)