Mariana Regueira

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Besides giving structural support, Sertoli cells regulate the fate of germ cells by supplying a variety of factors. These factors include hormones, several pro- and anti-apoptotic agents and also energetic substrates. Lactate is one of the compounds produced by Sertoli cells, which is utilized as an energetic substrate by germ cells, particularly(More)
The final number of Sertoli cells reached during the proliferative periods determines sperm production capacity in adulthood. It is well known that FSH is the major Sertoli cell mitogen; however, little is known about the signal transduction pathways that regulate the proliferation of Sertoli cells. The hypothesis of this investigation was that FSH(More)
The aim of the study was to analyze molecular mechanisms involved in FSH and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) regulation of lactate production in rat Sertoli cells. The regulation of the availability of pyruvate, which is converted to lactate, could be a mechanism utilized by hormones to ensure lactate supply to germ cells. On one hand, the regulation(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the existence of a possible simultaneous regulation of fatty acid (FA) metabolism and lactate production by PPAR α and PPAR β/δ activation in Sertoli cells (SC). SC cultures obtained from 20-day-old rats were incubated with WY14643 or GW0742-pharmacological activators of PPAR α and PPAR β/δ respectively. The fatty(More)
The aim of this study was to describe the time-course of estrogen-induced gene expression, corresponding plasma protein detection and histological alterations after cessation of octylphenol (OP) exposure of Cichlasoma dimerus, to test differential responses of biomarkers suitable for environmental monitoring. Male fish were exposed to a nominal(More)
The effects of dopamine (DA) and dopaminergic agonists and antagonists on ion transport were studied in isolated perfused gills of the crab Chasmagnathus granulatus. DA applied under steady state conditions (perfusion with hemolymph-like saline) produced a transient increase of the transepithelial potential difference (V(te)) from 2.2+/-0.2 to 4.8+/-0.3 mV,(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and interleukin 1β (IL1β) belong to the set of intratesticular regulators that provide for the fine-tuning of processes implicated in the maintenance of spermatogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate if bFGF and IL1β activate CREB, what signaling pathways may be participating and the(More)
In oviparous vertebrates, vitellogenin (VTG) is mainly produced by the liver in response to estrogen (E2) and its synthesis is traditionally coupled to estrogen receptor alpha induction. Even though VTG is a female-specific protein, chemicals that mimic natural estrogens, known as xenoestrogens, can activate its expression in males causing endocrine(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate if FSH and bFGF regulate fatty acid (FA) metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis in Sertoli cells (SC). SC cultures obtained from 20-day-old rats were incubated with 100ng/ml FSH or 30ng/ml bFGF for 6, 12, 24 and 48h. The expression of genes involved in transport and metabolism of FA such as: fatty acid(More)
Paracrine regulation of Sertoli cell function by germ cells is an outstanding characteristic of testicular physiology. It has been demonstrated that Sertoli cells produce ketone bodies and that germ cells may use them as energy source. The aim of the study was to analyze a possible regulation by germ cells of ketogenesis in Sertoli cells. Cultures of(More)