Inmaculada Banegas

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Individuals in the early stage of Parkinson's disease exhibit cognitive impairments as a result of hemisphere damage. The mesocortical dopamine system, particularly the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), is implicated in cognitive functions and is characterized by an asymmetric organization. Oxytocinase activity (OX) is also asymmetrically distributed in the(More)
Brain enkephalin and oxytocin are anxiolytic agents involved in the response mechanism to stress. Degrading enzymes such as enkephalinase and oxytocinase could also be associated with this response. The effect of acute immobilization stress on enkephalinase and oxytocinase activities was determined in the soluble and membrane fractions of the medial(More)
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a major role in the control of blood pressure (BP) and water balance by coordinating brain, heart and kidney functions, connected with each other by hormonal and neural mechanisms through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). RAS function may be monitored by the study of the enzymes (angiotensinases) involved in the(More)
In spite of the well-known contribution of angiotensin II (Ang II) in the pathogenesis of Goldblatt two-kidney one clip (G2K1C) hypertension, the importance of other Ang peptides, such as Ang III, Ang IV or Ang 2-10, is scarcely understood. The functional status of these peptides depends on the action of several aminopeptidases called angiotensinases. The(More)
There are important asymmetries in brain functions such as emotional processing and stress response in humans and animals. Knowledge of the bilateral distribution of brain neurotransmitters is important to appropriately understand its functions. Some peptides such as those included in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and cholecystokinin (CCK) are related(More)
There is a reciprocal connection between the frontal cortex (FC) and cardiovascular function, and this connection is functionally lateralized. The possible pathophysiological impact of neuroendocrine asymmetries is largely underestimated. Our aim was to examine the activity of soluble (SOL) and membrane-bound (MB) aminopeptidases (APs) involved in the(More)
Aminopeptidases and dopamine (DA) exhibit asymmetries in the brain that are reflected in the peripheral response to unilateral striatal DA depletions (experimental hemiparkinsonism). This might be due to asymmetries in the autonomic innervation of the peripheral vessels. Nitric oxide (NO) is released through vascular sympathetic activation. A similar(More)
Asymmetries in the neuroendocrine system extend from central structures to paired endocrine glands and their innervation. In addition to the well-known asymmetry in the function of brain dopamine, there are also asymmetries in the peripheral response to experimental hemi-parkinsonism, performed by means of lesions of the nigrostriatal system with(More)
This study evaluated the effects of thyroid hormone–NO interaction on tumor development, vascularization, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and aminopeptidase (AP) activity in a murine model of implanted Lewis’s carcinoma. Experiments were performed in male CBA-C57 mice. Animals were untreated (controls) or treated with: T4, the antithyroid drug(More)
Plasma angiotensinase activity, nitric oxide and systolic blood pressure (SBP) were differently affected after unilateral intrastriatal injection of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), depending on the brain hemisphere injured. Moreover, normotensive and hypertensive rats responded differently suggesting an asymmetry in the organization of the autonomic nervous(More)