Leonardo Fierro

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BACKGROUND ASIC3, the most sensitive of the acid-sensing ion channels, depolarizes certain rat sensory neurons when lactic acid appears in the extracellular medium. Two functions have been proposed for it: 1) ASIC3 might trigger ischemic pain in heart and muscle; 2) it might contribute to some forms of touch mechanosensation. Here, we used(More)
Ischemic pain--examples include the chest pain of a heart attack and the leg pain of a 30 s sprint--occurs when muscle gets too little oxygen for its metabolic need. Lactic acid cannot act alone to trigger ischemic pain because the pH change is so small. Here, we show that another compound released from ischemic muscle, adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP), works(More)
The effects of staphylococci-induced experimental wasting disease on the immune response of 1 month old CD1 mice were investigated. Animals were separated into different subgroups in order to study their cellular immune competence. Malnutrition of wasted mice was associated with anorexia, diarrhea and weakness. Footpad-injected splenic cells produced normal(More)
During this experimental work, we studied the immunological recuperation in CD1 mice in whom a weakening disease was induced using intraperitoneal injections of a sterile mixture of dead staphylococci. After a deep depression of the synthesis of anti-sheep red blood cell antibodies (SRBC) during the following 10 days after the induction of wasting, the(More)
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