María Jesús Delgado

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Clock genes are known to be the molecular core of biological clocks of vertebrates. They are expressed not only in those tissues considered central pacemakers, but also in peripheral tissues. In the present study, partial cDNAs for 6 of the principal clock genes (Period 1-3 and Cryptochrome 1-3) were cloned from a teleost fish, the goldfish (Carassius(More)
The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the possible role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the feeding regulation in fish. We examined the effects of intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) or intraperitoneal (i.p.) neuropeptide Y administration on food intake in satiated goldfish, at different time intervals postinjection (0-2, 2-8 and 0-8 h). Food intake was(More)
Attempts to identify a hypothalamic molecule that stimulates thyrotropin (TSH) secretion from amphibian pituitary have been unsuccessful to date. The effects of mammalian (ovine and human) corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) on the thyroid function of prometamorphic (Taylor & Kollros stages XI-XVII) (Taylor and Kollros, 1946) Rana perezi larvae were(More)
The seasonal pattern of daily serotonin N-acetyltransferase (NAT) and melatonin rhythms in the lateral eye of Rana perezi has been characterized to assess any seasonal relationship between enzymatic activity and melatonin production and to evaluate the photothermal responses of such rhythms. In winter there was no daily rhythm either in NAT activity or in(More)
The structural gene, nirK, for the respiratory Cu-containing nitrite reductase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 has been isolated and sequenced. The deduced amino acid sequence exhibited a high degree of similarity to other Cu-containing nitrite reductases from various sources. The full-length protein included a signal peptide for protein export.(More)
Denitrification is an alternative form of respiration in which bacteria sequentially reduce nitrate or nitrite to nitrogen gas by the intermediates nitric oxide and nitrous oxide when oxygen concentrations are limiting. In Bradyrhizobium japonicum, the N(2)-fixing microsymbiont of soya beans, denitrification depends on the napEDABC, nirK, norCBQD, and(More)
Cannabinoid receptors and the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol have been suggested to regulate food intake in several animal phyla. Orthologs of the mammalian cannabinoid CB(1) and CB(2) receptors have been identified in fish. We investigated the presence of this endocannabinoid system in the brain of the goldfish Carassius auratus and(More)
To further characterize the structure and function of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) related peptides in fish, we have cloned cDNA sequences for CGRP, amylin, adrenomedullin (AM) and adrenomedullin-2/intermedin (IMD) in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and examined their tissue distribution. CGRP, amylin, AM and IMD cDNAs were isolated by reverse(More)
Strigolactones have recently been suggested to be phytohormones that are present in all plants. Strigolactones are released by roots into the rhizosphere, stimulating the seed germination of parasitic plants such as Striga spp. and Orobanche spp. and play a crucial role in the interaction between plants and symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. By(More)
The napEDABC gene cluster that encodes the periplasmic nitrate reductase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 has been isolated and characterized. napA encodes the catalytic subunit, and the napB and napC gene products are predicted to be a soluble dihaem c and a membrane-anchored tetrahaem c-type cytochrome, respectively. napE encodes a transmembrane(More)