Marina Carrasco

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Glucose transporters play an essential role in the acquisition of glucose by the brain. Elevated expression of glucose transporter-1 has been detected in endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier and in choroid plexus cells of the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. On the other hand, there is a paucity of information on the expression of glucose(More)
The location of hypothalamic paraventricular neurons projecting to sympathetic preganglionic levels and related to the autonomic regulation of various organs involved in glucose metabolism (OGM) was determined by ipsilateral injections of two fluorescent tracers, Diamidino Yellow into the left dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus and Fast Blue into the left(More)
The role of different hypothalamic nuclei, particularly the paraventricular nucleus (PVN), in the control of food intake and feeding behaviour is well known. It is also well established that lithium chloride (LiCl) causes various disorders in feeding behaviour. In this study, we analyzed the precise distribution of hypothalamic neurons activated by i.p.(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) effects on the establishment of glycinergic and GABAergic transmissions in mouse spinal neurons were examined using combined electrophysiological and calcium imaging techniques. BDNF (10 ng/ml) caused a significant acceleration in the onset of synaptogenesis without large effects on the survival of these neurons.(More)
Insulin and glucose play a key role in the control of body energy homeostasis. However, the anatomical organization of the network of central insulin and glucose sensitive areas is still unclear. In the present study, we used a multiple-labelling technique combining retrograde tracing and Fos-like immunohistochemistry, to analyse the anatomical projections(More)
In this study, we describe a novel form of anti-homeostatic plasticity produced after culturing spinal neurons with strychnine, but not bicuculline or 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX). Strychnine caused a large increase in network excitability, detected as spontaneous synaptic currents and calcium transients. The calcium transients were(More)
Anorexia inducing lithium chloride is believed to involve descending projections from hypothalamus to preganglionic autonomic output neurons. A multiple-labelling technique has presently been used to analyze the anatomical projections of lithium chloride sensitive neurons in the hypothalamus. Immunolabelling of c-fos was performed to stain neurons activated(More)
BACKGROUND Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common disease where known genetic risk factors explain only a small portion of the genetic variance. Then, the analysis of intermediate phenotypes, such as thrombin generation assay, can be used to identify novel genetic risk factors that contribute to VTE. OBJECTIVES To investigate the genetic basis of(More)
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