Gino Toffano

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By means of semiquantitative immunocytochemistry and quantitative receptor autoradiography a correlation analysis has been performed on the pre- and post-synaptic features of enkephalin and beta-endorphin immunoreactive neuron systems of the 3- and 24-month-old male rat. A parallel disappearance of enkephalin- and beta-endorphin-like immunoreactivity and of(More)
The relationship between the postnatal development of dopaminergic (DAergic) nerve endings and the maturation of D1 DA receptors in the rat striatum was analyzed by measuring the content of DA and dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), two biochemical markers of DAergic nerve terminal proliferation, and the ontogenetic changes in [3H]SCH 23390 binding sites.(More)
The normal aging process results in many functional deficits in which the central nervous system (CNS) plays a primary role. However, the study of brain aging involves numerous difficulties, including not only the complex anatomical and functional organization of the brain itself, but also because the length of the experiments themselves and experimental(More)
GM1 ganglioside binding to the crude mitochondrial fraction of rat brain and its effect on (Na+, K+)-ATPase were studied, the following results being obtained: (a) the binding process followed a biphasic kinetics with a break at 50 nM-GM1; GM1 at concentrations below the break was stably associated, while over the break it was loosely associated; (b) stably(More)
The effects of chronic ganglioside treatment GM-1 (10 mg/kg, i.p., once daily for 56 days) have been evaluated on the degenerative and regenerative features of nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurons following a partial lesion by tyrosine hydroxylase immunocytochemistry in combination with morphometrical analysis and by quantitative DA receptor autoradiography.(More)
In the present paper the neuronal systems of the medulla oblongata containing phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase- and neuropeptide Y-like immunoreactivity have been characterized in adult (3-month-old) and old (24-month-old) male rats. The phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase and neuropeptide Y-immunoreactive neurons have been visualized by means of(More)
Chronic ganglioside treatment (10 mg/kg, i.p.) using the molecular species with only one neuroaminic acid residue (GM1) given together with haloperidol (0.3 and 5 mg/kg, i.p.) once daily in male rats, counteracted the haloperidol-induced increase in the number of [3H]spiperone binding sites in striatal membranes when the low dose of haloperidol, but not the(More)