María Gabriela de Brito Sanchez

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BACKGROUND Learning and perception of visual stimuli by free-flying honeybees has been shown to vary dramatically depending on the way insects are trained. Fine color discrimination is achieved when both a target and a distractor are present during training (differential conditioning), whilst if the same target is learnt in isolation (absolute(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether melatonin-induced analgesia in mice exhibits the time dependency known to occur for several other effects of the hormone, and to analyze to what extent the activity of melatonin can be inhibited by the opiate antagonist naloxone or the central-type benzodiazepine (BZP) antagonist Ro 15-1788. Analgesia was(More)
Honeybees employ a very rich repertoire of pheromones to ensure intraspecific communication in a wide range of behavioral contexts. This communication can be complex, since the same compounds can have a variety of physiological and behavioral effects depending on the receiver. Honeybees constitute an ideal model to study the neurobiological basis of(More)
Studies on structure-activity relationships were carried out to characterize the response specificity of the benzoic acid cell of the female of the moth Bombyx mori by means of single sensillum electrophysiological recordings. We demonstrated that this cell type responds best to a natural key substance (benzoic acid) and has similar response profiles for(More)
We combined behavioural and electrophysiological experiments to study whether bitter taste is perceived at the antennal level in honeybees, Apis mellifera. Our behavioural studies showed that neither quinine nor salicin delivered at one antenna at different concentrations induced a retraction of the proboscis once it was extended in response to 1 M sucrose(More)
We endeavored to determine whether three behavioral effects of melatonin in rodents, i.e., depression of locomotor activity in hamsters, analgesia in mice, and impairment of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MP) convulsions, exhibited the time dependency known to occur for several neuroendocrine effects of the hormone. Activity was monitored and registered by(More)
BACKGROUND Deterrent substances produced by plants are relevant due to their potential toxicity. The fact that most of these substances have an unpalatable taste for humans and other mammals contrasts with the fact that honeybees do not reject them in the range of concentrations in which these compounds are present in flower nectars. Here we asked whether(More)
The objective of the present study was to assess whether the anticonvulsant activity of melatonin displays diurnal variability in hamsters. Convulsions were induced by administering 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MP). There was a significant diurnal variation in 3-MP-induced convulsions, hamsters being more prone to exhibit seizures during the night than(More)
Taste plays a crucial role in the life of honey bees as their survival depends on the collection and intake of nectar and pollen, and other natural products. Here we studied the tarsal taste of honey bees through a series of behavioral and electrophysiological analyses. We characterized responsiveness to various sweet, salty and bitter tastants delivered to(More)
Although the forelegs of honeybees are one of their main gustatory appendages, tarsal gustation in bees has never been systematically studied. To provide a more extensive account on honeybee tarsal gustation, we performed a series of behavioral experiments aimed at characterizing (1) tarsal sucrose sensitivity under different experimental conditions and (2)(More)