Laura Vargiu

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In unanesthetized rats the intravenous administration of low doses of ethanol (0.125-0.5 g/kg) produced a dose-dependent increase (30-80%) in the firing rate of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA). In agreement with previous observations, a dose range between 0.5 and 2 g/mg of ethanol was needed to produce comparable stimulant(More)
Intraventricular (i.c.v.) injection of d(CH2)5-Tyr(Me)-[Orn8]vasotocin, a potent oxytocin antagonist, antagonized in a dose-dependent manner (10-100 ng) penile erection and yawning induced by the systemic injection of apomorphine (80 micrograms/kg s.c.) or by the i.c.v. injection of oxytocin (30 ng). In contrast, the oxytocin antagonist, even at the dose of(More)
The potent anti-HIV-1 activities of L-737,126 (2) and PAS sulfones prompted us to design and test against HIV-1 in acutely infected MT-4 cells a number of novel 1- and 3-benzenesulfonylindoles. Indoles belonging to the 1-benzenesulfonyl series were found poorly or totally inactive. On the contrary, some of the 3-benzenesulfonyl derivatives turned out to be(More)
A number of properly substituted 5H-pyrimido[4,5-b][1,5]benzodiazepines (2) and pyrazolo[3,4-b][1,5]benzodiazepines (3 and 4), as well as compounds 5-7, which are derivatives of new tetracyclic systems, were prepared as nevirapine analogues through multistep synthetic routes. The cytotoxic and anti-HIV-1 properties of compounds 2-7 were evaluated in(More)
Bromocriptine, an ergot-derivate with DA-receptor stimulating properties in vivo, produces long-lasting hypomotility in mice not accustomed to the motility cage and decreases brain DOPAC and HVA without affecting brain DA. These effects are obtained with doses 25 times lower than those which produce hypermotility. The decrease of brain DOPAC is correlated(More)