Marcel Ferrer-Alcón

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Pleiotrophin (PTN) is a cytokine with important roles in dopaminergic neurons. We found that an acute ethanol (2.0 g/kg, i.p.) administration causes a significant up-regulation of PTN mRNA and protein levels in the mouse prefrontal cortex, suggesting that endogenous PTN could modulate behavioural responses to ethanol. To test this hypothesis, we studied the(More)
The neurotrophic factor pleiotrophin (PTN) is upregulated in different brain areas after the administration of different drugs of abuse, including psychostimulants. PTN has been shown to prevent cocaine-induced cytotoxicity in NG108-15 and PC12 cells. We previously demonstrated that specific phosphoproteins related to neurodegeneration processes are(More)
The advent of functional genomics has been greatly broadening our view and accelerating our way in numerous medical research fields. The complete genomic data acquired from the human genome project and the desperate clinical need of comprehensive analytical tools to study complex diseases, has allowed rapid evolution of genomic and proteomic technologies,(More)
It was previously shown that mice with genetic deletion of the neurotrophic factor pleiotrophin (PTN-/-) show enhanced amphetamine neurotoxicity and impair extinction of amphetamine conditioned place preference (CPP), suggesting a modulatory role of PTN in amphetamine neurotoxicity and reward. We have now studied the effects of amphetamine (10mg/kg, 4(More)
The binding sites for imidazol(ine)/guanidine drugs (identified inter alia with [(3)H]-clonidine and [(3)H]-idazoxan) are heterogeneous in nature, and various pharmacologic types of imidazoline receptors (IRs) have been characterized (I(1)R, I(2A)R, I(2B)R, and I(3)R). IR-receptor proteins have also been immunodetected using an antibody raised against an(More)
Pleiotrophin (PTN) is a cytokine found highly upregulated in the brain in different disorders characterized by overt neuroinflammation such as neurodegenerative diseases, drug addiction, traumatic injury, and ischemia. In the present work, we have explored whether PTN modulates neuroinflammation and if Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), crucial in the initiation(More)
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