Isabel Corpas

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Attempts to identify a hypothalamic molecule that stimulates thyrotropin (TSH) secretion from amphibian pituitary have been unsuccessful to date. The effects of mammalian (ovine and human) corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) on the thyroid function of prometamorphic (Taylor & Kollros stages XI-XVII) (Taylor and Kollros, 1946) Rana perezi larvae were(More)
The effects of gestational and early lactational intoxication by cadmium (Cd) were studied in the brain of young Wistar rats. Pregnant rats were exposed to 10 mg of cadmium acetate per litre of drinking water, from initiation of pregnancy to parturition or until postnatal day 5. At birth or on postnatal day (PND) 5 the pups were weighed, sacrificed and(More)
Xanthine oxidase (XO) is an important source of oxidant production and plays an essential role in several oxidative stress-related diseases. Aging is associated with a progressive deregulation of homeostasis as a result of a chronic oxidative stress situation. In the present work the age-related changes in XO expression and activity, as well as the(More)
Gestational administration of cadmium (10 mg/l) and lead (300 mg/l) produced a strong decrease in proteins at birth (-17%) and on day 5 (-31%) as well as in brain lipid amount on both days (-11 and -23%, respectively). At day 5 postnatal the exposure also produced a marked decrease in DNA and RNA concentrations with respect to the control group. On the(More)
The effect of lead (Pb) intoxication during pregnancy and lactation on the male reproductive system was studied to evaluate the alterations caused by Pb in the development of pups. The investigations covered the effect of lead on the course of spermatogenesis and the development of the epididymis and reproductive glands. For this purpose, dams were(More)
AIMS In this work the microflora present in kefir, a fermented milk product, was studied together with the effect of kefir administration on different groups of indigenous bacteria of mouse bowel. METHODS AND RESULTS Kefir microflora was composed of lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid bacteria and yeasts. Yeast population was composed of Saccharomyces(More)
Xanthine oxidase, a purine catabolism enzyme, has been implicated as an important source of oxidant production and plays an essential role in several inflammatory and oxidative stress-related diseases. It is known that the increasing levels of oxidants cause the chronic oxidative stress characteristic of the ageing process. The aim of the present work was(More)
Plasma T3 and T4 levels, and thyroid free (f) and bound (b) thyroid hormones contents, were determined by radioimmunoassay in adult male and female Rana perezi over 1 year. Plasma T3 levels show a significant seasonal cycle in both male and female frogs, increasing from January to peak in July (71-74 pg/ml) to decrease in August-October. Plasma T4(More)
Administration of cadmium (10 mg/liter) and cadmium+lead (300 mg/liter) via drinking water to Wistar rats during gestation and early lactation until delivery and (5 days after parturition) damaged pup reproductive systems. The effects are additive in the decreased gonad weight and additive or even synergistic in the reduced DNA gonadal content. The effects(More)
Previous studies have shown that opiates suppress both non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Furthermore, during the induced insomnia period, characteristic species-specific behaviors occur which are associated with high voltage slow waves in the EEG. This paper investigates the lower brainstem mechanisms involved in the(More)