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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)
The model of neurovisceral integration suggests that the frontal cortex (FC) and the cardiovascular function are reciprocally and asymmetrically connected. We analyzed several angiotensinase activities in the heart left ventricle (VT) of control and captopril-treated SHR, and we search for a relationship between these activities and those determined in the(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)
Brain enkephalin, vasopressin and oxytocin are anxiolytic agents involved in the stress response. Acute restraint stress influences certain neuropeptidase activities, such as some enkephalin-degrading peptidases and vasopressinase/oxytocinase, in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), amygdala (AM) or hippocampus (HC), which are involved in this response.(More)
The purpose was to analyse the cardiac and renal capillary density and glomerular morphology resulting from a chronic excess or deficiency of thyroid hormones (THs) in rats. We performed histopathological, morphometrical and immunohistochemical analyses in hypothyroid and hyperthyroid rats to evaluate the density of mesenteric, renal and cardiac vessels at(More)
The brain aminopeptidases that participate in the enzymatic cascade of the renin-angiotensin system play a major role in blood pressure (BP) control, and their study offers new perspectives for the understanding of central BP control and the treatment of hypertension. In this system, angiotensin II is converted to angiotensin III (Ang III) by glutamyl(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)
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)
Thyroid disorders affect renal function, which involves changes in local renin angiotensin system (RAS). Angiotensin peptide levels in the tissue are regulated by the activity of several aminopeptidases (AP) known as angiotensinases. The nature and consequences of the thyroid-induced RAS changes are not completely understood. We investigated the(More)
Although there is a large body of knowledge on protein synthesis, the available data on protein catabolism, although quite substantial, are still inadequate. This is due to the marked differences in the activity of proteolytic enzymes, compounded by different substrate specificities and multiple environmental factors. Understanding enzyme behavior under(More)