María Pilar Álvarez

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Calorie restriction of young male rats increases plasma prolactin, decreases luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone, and disrupts their 24 h secretory pattern. To study whether this could be the consequence of stress, we examined the 24 h variations of plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) corticosterone, growth hormone (GH), leptin, and adrenal(More)
OBJECTIVES Day/night variations in cellularity, percentage of CD4+, CD8+ and double-positive (CD4+-CD8+) lymphocytes, lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- and concanavalin A (Con A)-induced lymphocyte proliferation and natural killer (NK) activity, and the effect of timed administration of recombinant human prolactin (h-PRL) on the above-mentioned parameters were(More)
A rare case of meningioma in the pineal region without dural attachment, which was successfully removed through an infratentorial supracerebellar approach, is presented. The preoperative diagnosis was made by means of computed tomography together with histographic analysis. We review similar cases reported in the literature and discuss the clinical feature,(More)
A 67-year-old man with a 1 1/2-month history of spastic paraparesis caused by a dorsal intradural disc herniation underwent surgical treatment via a posterior approach. Dorsal herniated discs are rare, and intradural dorsal disc herniations are even more infrequent. Including this case, the medical literature reviewed describes only four such cases.
Brucellosis is a zoonosis of worldwide distribution with numerous animal host species. Since the novel isolation of Brucella spp. from marine mammals in 1994 the bacteria have been isolated from various marine mammal hosts. The marine mammal reference strains Brucella pinnipedialis 12890 (harbour seal, Phoca vitulina) and Brucella ceti 12891 (harbour(More)
OBJECTIVE Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) is a cytokine produced by T helper cells on antigenic challenge that may affect the release of several pituitary hormones. However, in vitro or in vivo studies have yielded disparate results with stimulatory, inhibitory or absent effects of IFN on pituitary hormone release. One of the reasons for these discrepancies(More)
Newborn rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are only nursed for 3-5 min every 24 h and show a circadian increase in activity in anticipation of nursing. The objective of this study was to determine, in neonatal female rabbits after acute separation from the doe for 48 h, the changes in 24-h rhythms of plasma prolactin and median eminence and anterior pituitary(More)
Lactation in the rabbit is a nocturnal activity, extremely short and regular, that can be a strong synchronizer for the development of circadian rhythmicity in the pups. In the present study, 24-h rhythmicity of plasma prolactin and median eminence and anterior pituitary content of dopamine (DA), serotonin (5HT), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and taurine(More)