María Eugenia Alzugaray

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OBJECTIVES This study aimed to determine the cellular distribution of islet cannabinoid receptors (CBs) and their involvement in the development of metabolic and hormonal changes in rats fed a fructose-rich diet (F). METHODS In normal rat islets, we determined CBs (immunofluorescence and retrotranscription-polymerase chain reaction) and glucose-stimulated(More)
Allatotropin (AT) and allatostatin-C (AST-C) are neuropeptides originally characterized by their ability to modulate the secretion of juvenile hormones in insects. Beyond the allatoregulatory function, these neuropeptides are pleiotropic acting as myoregulators not only in insects, but also in other groups of invertebrates. We have previously proposed the(More)
We have analyzed the effect of quinolizidine alkaloids from Lupinus species upon insulin secretion. Isolated normal rat islets were incubated with 3.3, 8.3, and 16.7 mM glucose, in the presence or absence of different concentrations of lupanine (0.05, 0.5, and 1.0 mM), 13-alpha-OH lupanine, 17-oxo-lupanine, and 2-thionosparteine. Insulin release was(More)
The aim of this study was to quantify the glucose modulation of the plasma membrane calcium pump (PMCA) function in rat pancreatic islets. Ca2+-ATPase activity and levels of phosphorylated PMCA intermediates both transiently declined to a minimum in response to stimulation by glucose. Strictly dependent on Ca2+ concentration, this inhibitory effect was(More)
The effect of islet neogenesis-associated protein pentadecapeptide (INGAP-PP) administration to normal male hamsters upon serum glucose and triglyceride levels, beta-cell mass and function was studied. INGAP-PP (500 mug) or saline was injected twice daily during 10 days. Both groups showed comparable body weight, serum glucose and triglyceride levels.(More)
BACKGROUND Cell-cell interactions are a basic principle for the organization of tissues and organs allowing them to perform integrated functions and to organize themselves spatially and temporally. Peptidic molecules secreted by neurons and epithelial cells play fundamental roles in cell-cell interactions, acting as local neuromodulators, neurohormones, as(More)
The aim of the present study was to test the possible presence and expression of islet neogenesis-associated protein (INGAP) in islet cells of normal adult hamsters. Pancreata from normal male Syrian hamsters were removed to perform the following studies. (i) Western blot analysis using the cytosolic fraction from homogenates of isolated islets, exocrine(More)
We studied the effect of insulin resistance (IR) induced by administration of a fructose-rich diet (FRD) to normal Wistar rats for 21days, upon islet plasma membrane calcium ATPases (PMCAs) and insulin secretion. FRD rats showed significantly higher triglyceride and insulin levels, insulin:glucose ratio and HOMA-IR index than controls. FRD islets released(More)
The coordination of physiological processes requires precise communication between cells. Cellular interactions allow cells to be functionally related, facilitating the maintaining of homeostasis. Neuropeptides functioning as intercellular signals are widely distributed in Metazoa. It is assumed that neuropeptides were the first intercellular transmitters,(More)
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