Juan Vicente Sánchez-Andrés

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1. Pancreatic beta-cells oscillate synchronously when grouped in islets. Coupling seems essential to maintain this oscillatory behaviour, as isolated cells are unable to oscillate. This allows the islet to be used as a model system for studying the role of coupling in the generation of oscillatory patterns. 2. Pairs of beta-cells were intracellularly(More)
Glutamate controls the induction of GABA-mediated giant depolarizing potentials through AMPA receptors in neonatal rat hippocampal slices. Giant depolarizing potentials (GDPs) are generated by the interplay of the depolarizing action of GABA and glutamate. In this study, single and dual whole cell recordings (in current-clamp configuration) were performed(More)
Rhythmic spontaneous bursting is a fundamental hallmark of the immature hippocampal activity recorded in vitro. These bursts or giant depolarizing potentials (GDPs) are GABA- and glutamatergic-driven events. The mechanisms of GDPs generation are still controversial, since although a hilar origin has been suggested, GDPs were also recorded from isolated CA3(More)
For a constant membrane potential, a predominantly inhibitory GABAergic synaptic response is shown to undergo long-term transformation into an excitatory response after pairing of exogenous gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) with postsynaptic depolarization or pairing of pre- and postsynaptic stimulation. Current- and voltage-clamp experiments suggest that this(More)
Classical conditioning of Hermissenda, involving paired light-rotation events, results in a 30-35% decrease in the levels of a 20-kDa G protein (cp20). To test whether a similar protein exists in vertebrates, rabbits were trained to associate a tone with periorbital electrical stimulation and G proteins were analyzed by photoaffinity labeling with(More)
1. Effects of nictitating membrane conditioning on K+ currents of CA1 pyramidal cells of rabbit hippocampus were studied by the use of the single-electrode voltage-clamp (SEVC) technique. 2. IQ, IM, IC, and IAHP were recorded in slices from control animals, showing behavior similar to that previously described for other preparations. IQ developed as an(More)
Under normal conditions, hippocampal slices from newborn rats and rabbits (postnatal days 0-8) show spontaneous synchronous bursts known as giant depolarizing potentials. These bursts are recorded from CA3, CA1 and the fascia dentata in both intact slices and isolated hipocampal regions. Giant depolarizing potentials are network-driven events resulting from(More)
It is generally accepted that a correlation between neurodegenerative disease and protein aggregation in the brain exists; however, a causal relationship has not been elucidated. In neurons, failure of autophagy may result in the accumulation of aggregate-prone proteins and subsequent neurodegeneration. Thus, pharmacological induction of autophagy to(More)
Pressure applications of GABA localized to Purkinje cell somas in a rabbit cerebellar slice produced uniphasic hyperpolarizing responses, whereas applications of GABA that were directed at the Purkinje cell dendrites produced complex, triphasic responses with hyperpolarizing and depolarizing components. Both somatic and dendritic application of GABA(More)
Movements of medium and large sized membranous organelles (0.5-1 microns in diameter) were visualized within segments of the crab walking leg nerve with Nomarski differential interference contrast optics and subjected to video contrast enhancement. Accessibility to the axoplasm was demonstrated by intra-axonal fluorescence following addition of rhodamine(More)