Isaac Esteban

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Increasing evidence suggests that, in addition to peripheral sensory and sympathetic neurons, the enteric neurons are also under the control of neurotrophins. Recently, neurotrophin receptors have been detected in the developing and adult mammalian enteric nervous system (ENS). Nevertheless, it remains to be established whether neurotrophin receptors are(More)
We investigated the expression of immunoreactivity (IR) for low- (p75) and high-affinity (trk proteins) neurotrophin-receptor proteins in adult human paravertebral-sympathetic ganglion neurons. Mouse monoclonal antibodies against the pan-neurotrophin-receptor p75, and rabbit polyclonal antibodies against specific epitopes of the intracytoplasmic domain on(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that some members of the neurotrophic factor family of neurotrophins could be implicated in the regulation of immune responses. Neurotrophins, as well as their tyrosine kinase signal-transducing receptors (the so-called Trk neurotrophin receptors), have been detected in different lymphoid tissues, although their cellular(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence suggests that nerve growth factor (NGF), and probably other neurotrophins, are involved in the control of lymphoid organs and immunocompetent cells that express neurotrophins and/or their receptors. In the rat thymus, mRNA for TrkA (an essential component of the NGF signal transducing receptor) has been found primarily in(More)
BACKGROUND Trk proteins are essential constituents of the high-affinity signal-transducing neurotrophin receptors. They are expressed in a variety of non-neuronal tissues, including lymphoid organs, but their cellular localization in these remains to be established, as does the exact role of neurotrophins in the immune system. In this study we used(More)
BACKGROUND The neurotrophins are a family of growth factors that act on responsive cells through specific high-affinity signal-transducing receptors called Trk (A, B, and C) proteins. The neurotrophin receptor proteins are widely distributed in both nervous and nonnervous tissues, including the lymphoid organs. The expression of these receptor proteins by a(More)
In addition to their well-known actions within the nervous system, neurotrophins and their receptors are involved in immune system functioning, as demonstrated by their wide distribution in lymphoid tissues and their in vitro actions on immunocompetent cells. Nevertheless, the in vivo roles of neurotrophin-receptor systems in lymphoid tissues, as well as(More)
The nerve growth factor (NGF) receptors p75LNGR and TrkA are expressed by thymic epithelial cells. Presumably, the NGF-TrkA system is involved in the paracrine communication between thymic epithelial cells and thymocytes, whereas the functional role of p75LNGR is still unknown. The thymus of vertebrates undergoes age-related changes that in part depend on(More)
Normal development of the lung requires coordinated activation of cascades of signaling pathways initiated by growth factors signaling through their receptors. TrkB and its ligands, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-4, belong to the neurotrophin family of growth factors, which are expressed in a large variety of non-neuronal tissues(More)
Myelinated nerve fibres forming sensory corpuscles become amyelinic before entering the corpuscle. Interestingly, in Meissner corpuscles from monkey myelin basic protein (MBP), a specific component of myelin sheath co-localized with neuronal markers. To investigate whether or not this also occurs in human digital Meissner corpuscles, we used single and(More)