Maria Cristina Guerrera

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling through TrkB regulates different aspects of neuronal development, including survival, axonal and dendritic growth, and synapse formation. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the functional significance of BDNF and TrkB in the retina, the cell types in the retina that express BDNF and TrkB, and(More)
Ionic channels play key roles in the sensory cells, such as transducing specific stimuli into electrical signals. The acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) family is voltage-insensitive, amiloride-sensitive, proton-gated cation channels involved in several sensory functions. ASIC2, in particular, has a dual function as mechano- and chemo-sensor. In this study, we(More)
Neurotrophins (NTs) and their signal transducing Trk receptors play a critical role in the development and maintenance of specific neuronal populations in the nervous system of higher vertebrates. They are responsible for the innervation of the inner ear cochlear and vestibular sensory epithelia. Neurotrophins and Trks are also present in teleosts but their(More)
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are H+-gated, voltage-insensitive cation channels involved in synaptic transmission, mechanosensation and nociception. Different ASICs have been detected in the retina of mammals but it is not known whether they are expressed in adult zebrafish, a commonly used animal model to study the retina in both normal and(More)
BACKGROUND The peptide hormone cholecystokinin (CCK), secreted by the midgut, plays a key role in digestive physiology of vertebrates including teleosts, by stimulating pancreatic secretion, gut motility, and gallbladder contraction, as well as by delaying gastric emptying. Moreover, CCK is involved in the regulation of food intake and satiation. Secretion(More)
The Sox-2 is a transcription factor involved in adult neurogenesis in different vertebrate species, including fishes. Sox-2 also participates in growth and renewal on sensory cells in neuromasts of the fish lateral line system, and it is essential for development of taste buds in mammals. Using immunohistochemistry and Western blot we have investigated the(More)
The neuromasts of the lateral line system are regarded as a model to study the mechanisms of hearing, deafness, and ototoxicity. The neurotrophins (NTs), especially brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and its signaling receptor TrkB are involved in the development and maintenance of neuromasts. To know the period in which the BDNF/TrkB complex has(More)
The blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides) is a variety of large skink common throughout Australia. There are seven species of Tiliqua and all of them have long bodies, short limbs and short and robust tails. T. scincoides occurs in a wide range of habitats; its diet is omnivorous. When threatened, it opens the mouth and protrudes its characteristic large(More)
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) in mammals monitor acid sensing and mechanoreception. They have a widespread expression in the central and peripheral nervous system, including the gut. The distribution of ASICs in zebrafish is known only in larvae and at the mRNA level. Here we have investigated the expression and cell distribution of ASIC2 in the gut of(More)
The retina of the adult zebrafish express brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its signaling receptor TrkB. This functional system is involved in the biology of the vertebrate retina and its expression is regulated by light. This study was designed to investigate the effects of cyclic (12 h light/12 h darkness) or continuous (24 h) exposure during(More)