Maria Paula Faillace

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Cyclic GMP (cGMP) and cyclic AMP (cAMP) have been proposed to participate in the early and late stages of long-term potentiation (LTP), respectively. Here we report on the effect of post-training intrahippocampal infusion of membrane-permeable analogues of these cyclic nucleotides on the consolidation of inhibitory avoidance learning in rats and on the(More)
New neurons continuously differentiate within the otherwise mature retina of teleost fish, both under normal conditions and in response to injury. We investigated the effects of surgical injury and intraocular injection of neurotrophic factors on the mitotic rate of proliferative inner nuclear layer cells (PINC). PINC are continually born in the inner(More)
Studies using mice and rats have demonstrated that nicotine induces a conditioned place preference (CPP), with more effective results obtained by using biased procedures. Zebrafish have also been used as a model system to identify factors influencing nicotine-associated reward by using an unbiased design. Here, we report that zebrafish exhibited putative(More)
We examined cellular protein processing and functional expression of photoreceptor cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) ion channels. In a mammalian cell line, wild type bovine cone photoreceptor channel alpha subunits (bCNGA3) convert from an unglycosylated state, at 90 kDa, to two glycosylated states at 93 and 102 kDa as they transit within the cell to their(More)
Melatonin effect on retinal cyclic GMP accumulation, guanylate cyclase activity, cyclic GMP content and cyclic GMP phospho-diesterase activity was examined in the Syrian hamster retina. Melatonin increased significantly cyclic GMP accumulation at picomolar concentrations and in a time-dependent manner. The kinetic analysis of guanylate cyclase activity(More)
In most animal cells, hypotonic swelling is followed by a regulatory volume decrease (RVD) thought to prevent cell death. In contrast, goldfish hepatocytes challenged with hypotonic medium (180 mosM, HYPO) increase their volume 1.7 times but remain swollen and viable for at least 5 h. Incubation with ATPgammaS (an ATP analog) in HYPO triggers a 42% volume(More)
Regeneration and growth that occur in the adult teleost retina by neurogenesis have been helpful in identifying molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cell proliferation and differentiation. In this report, we demonstrate that endogenous purinergic signals regulate cell proliferation induced by a cytotoxic injury of the adult zebrafish retina which(More)
Regeneration and growth that occur in the adult teleost retina have been helpful in identifying molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cell proliferation and differentiation. Here, it is reported that S-phase cell number, in the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ) of the adult zebrafish retina, exhibits day-night variations with a mid-light phase peak.(More)
Ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (E-NTPDases) are a family of membrane-bound enzymes that hydrolyze extracellular di- and triphosphate nucleosides. E-NTPDases have been proposed to control extracellular nucleotide levels that mediate intercellular communication by binding to specific membrane receptors. Here we show a detailed(More)
The effect of melatonin on [3H]glutamate uptake and release in the golden hamster retina was studied. In retinas excised in the middle of the dark phase, i.e., at 2400 h, melatonin (0.1 and 10 nM) significantly increased [3H]glutamate uptake, and this effect persisted in a Ca2+-free medium. On the other hand, melatonin significantly increased [3H]glutamate(More)