Juan Miguel Ruiz-Albusac

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Although the brain has been considered an insulin-insensitive organ, recent reports on the location of insulin and its receptors in the brain have introduced new ways of considering this hormone responsible for several functions. The origin of insulin in the brain has been explained from peripheral or central sources, or both. Regardless of whether insulin(More)
The aim of this work was to determine whether the stimulating effect of glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-2 on astrocyte proliferation could be reinforced by proliferating substances, including growth factors such as EGF, platelet-derived growth factor, insulin-like growth factor type I (IGF-I) or a hormone such as insulin. Both DNA synthesis and astrocyte(More)
We examined the effects of 25-OH-cholesterol on the growth of cultured rat astrocytes in the presence of lipoprotein-deficient serum (LPDS). 25-OH-cholesterol at 0.5-8 microM induced an increase in DNA synthesis as measured by [3H]thymidine incorporation into DNA, staining the cells with crystal violet, or counting the number of cells in different phases of(More)
The aim of this work was to study the effect of glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) on the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signalling pathway and whether insulin or epidermal growth factor (EGF) might modulate the effects of GLP-2. GLP-2 produced a dose-dependent decrease in intracellular sodium nitroprusside-induced cGMP production. However, insulin(More)
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