María Luisa Leret

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We have reported that marihuana and its principal psycoactive compound, delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9-THC) produce alterations in several cerebral areas after acute treatment. Based on the involvement of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) on memory and learning and the reported effects of delta 9-THC on short-term memory, we designed an experiment to(More)
Although the neurotoxic effects of Pb are well documented, the subcellular mechanisms of this action in the central nervous system are not fully understood. The present work examines some neurochemical parameters in discrete brain areas of pups whose mothers were intoxicated via drinking water with lead (300 mg/L), from day 1 of pregnancy until postnatal(More)
The present study was designed to examine more fully the neurochemical and behavioral interactions that derive from continued lead and cadmium poisoning in pups, whose mothers were exposed via drinking water (300 mg/l of Pb and 10 mg/l of Cd) throughout pregnancy and lactation. At weaning, these metals produced an increase in DOPAC, 5-HT and 5-HIAA contents(More)
Lead acetate (300 mg l-1) was administered to pregnant Wister rats from day 1 of pregnancy to day 0 postpartum or day 5 postpartum, via drinking water. On these days, pups were sacrificed, collecting the blood to determine the concentration of lead by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Brains were used to determine the total content of(More)
The present study examines the effects of early simultaneous exposure to low level of lead and cadmium on anxiety-like behaviour in the rat, and on monoamine levels in the hypothalamus and hippocampus at weaning and adult animals. Rats were intoxicated with cadmium acetate (10 mg/l) and lead acetate (300 mg/l) in drinking water from the beginning of(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta9-THC) on exploratory behaviour and memory, independent of its locomotor suppressive effects. Dopamine (DA) and noradrenaline (NA) contents were determined in the areas of the brain directly related to such behaviours (hippocampus, striatum and amygdala). An acute(More)
The deleterious effects of warm anoxia on the liver are seen to be irreversible if cooling and transplantation (LT) follow immediately after. The aim of our study is to demonstrate that livers subjected to anoxia may be suitable for LT if a period of resuscitation is interposed before the cooling process. Forty female Large White pigs were used.(More)
Previous studies performed in our laboratory showed the importance of the effects that the absence of maternal adrenal hormones have on fetal brain. In the present study we investigated the effect of adrenal deprivation during gestation on the fetal catecholamines development in several cerebral areas. Fetuses from both control and adrenalectomized mothers(More)
In this study we investigated the effects of maternal delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol on the developing serotonergic system. A daily dose of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (5 mg/kg body weight) was administered p.o. to pregnant rats from gestational day 5 to postnatal day 1. Levels of indolamines were measured in four brain areas of the offspring on the day(More)
The effects of maternal exposure to 10mgCd/l (as cadmium acetate) in drinking water during gestation and lactation on the development of monoaminergic and aminoacidergic systems were studied in discrete brain areas of the pups: striatum, cerebral cortex, dorsal hippocampus and basal-medial hypothalamus. Hippocampal levels of serotonin and(More)