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The influence of aging on glutathione levels and distribution in the heart was studied in male Sprague-Dawley rats of 3 (young), 12 (adult) and 24 (old) months of age using biochemical and histofluorescence techniques, respectively. Biochemical assays of reduced glutathione (GSH) in the right and left ventricles and in the septum showed a significant(More)
1. In vitro addition of dopamine (DA) or of DA-1 receptor agonists increases 3'- 5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels through the stimulation of DA-1 receptors. 2. Although receptor binding studies suggest the existence of DA-2 receptors in the renal cortex, the presence of DA receptors negatively coupled to cAMP generation (DA-2 effect) has not(More)
The localization of neurotrophins (NTs) and NT receptors was analyzed in sections of human extra- and intrapulmonary arteries by Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. In extrapulmonary branches of human pulmonary artery, NT and NT receptor immunoreactivity was located in the tunica intima, within endothelium, in the tunica media, within smooth(More)
Dopamine exerts cardiovascular and renal actions mediated through interaction with specific dopamine receptors. Dopamine receptors are cell surface receptors coupled to G-proteins and classified into two main super families based on biochemical, pharmacological and molecular characteristics. The dopamine D1-like receptor super family includes D1 and D5(More)
1 alpha1-Adrenoceptor subtypes were investigated in cytospin centrifuged preparations of human peripheral blood lymphocytes by in situ hybridization and immunocytochemistry. 2 In situ hybridization cytochemistry revealed alpha1A-, alpha1B-, and alpha1D-receptor mRNA in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Lymphocytes hybridized for alpha1A receptor subtype(More)
The present study was designed to assess the influence of treatment with the calcium channel blocker darodipine (PY 108-068) on the morphology of pial and coronary arteries in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Twelve week male SHR were used in this study. One group was treated with a daily dose of 5 mg/Kg of darodipine, while the control group of SHR(More)
The influence of ageing on sulphide-silver positive zinc stores was assessed in the stratum radiatum of the CA1-CA3 sub fields of the rat hippocampus and in the molecular layer of the dentate gyrus using a silver amplification histochemical technique associated with microdensitometry. The volume of areas examined for microdensitometry was evaluated as well(More)
1. Localization and pharmacological properties of the vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) receptors in rat circle of Willis arteries and in the arteries of pial-arachnoid membrane were studied using light microscope autoradiography combined with radioreceptor binding techniques. 2. [125I]-VIP was specifically bound to sections of rat cerebral arteries(More)