Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz

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We examined the temporal modulation of intracellular calcium release channels in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). We found a circadian rhythm in [3H]ryanodine binding that was specific to the SCN. The peak in the rhythm occurred at CT 7 and was due to an increase in Bmax, which correlated well with immunoblots showing an increase in RyR-2 expression in(More)
In this paper, we study the modulation of the rabbit fast twitch skeletal muscle calcium release channel by assaying the kinetics of [3H]ryanodine binding, 45Ca2+ flux, and single-channel activity. The effects of modulators of the Ca2+ release channel (confirmed here with both flux and single-channel data) were examined for effects on [3H]ryanodine binding(More)
The presence of a food-entrainable oscillator (FEO) independent from the SCN is now well established, but until now its location and characterization have been elusive. Because its expression requires priming of the animal's metabolism toward a catabolic state, it is possible that metabolic rhythms may be related to FEO. The present study was designed to(More)
Restricted feeding schedules entrain behavioral and physiological circadian rhythms, which depend on a food-entrainable oscillator (FEO). The mechanism of the FEO might depend on digestive and endocrine processes regulating energy balance. The present study characterizes the dynamics of circulating corticosterone, insulin, and glucagon and regulatory(More)
We characterized the biochemistry, distribution and phylogeny of Drosophila ryanodine (RyR) and inositol triphosphate (IP3R) receptors and the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) by using binding and enzymatic assays, confocal microscopy and amino acid sequence analysis. [3H]-ryanodine binding in total membranes was enhanced by AMP-PCP, caffeine and(More)
The most compelling evidence for a functional role of caffeine-sensitive intracellular Ca2+ reservoirs in nerve cells derives from experiments on peripheral neurons. However, the properties of their ryanodine receptor calcium release channels have not been studied. This work combines single-cell fura-2 microfluorometry, [3H]ryanodine binding and recording(More)
In mouse luteinized-granulosa cells (MGLC), ATP induces an increase in intracellular Ca2+ concentration by stimulating phospholipase C (PLC) associated with purinergic receptors, leading to production of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and subsequent release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores. In this study, we examined the cross-talk between the(More)
Ryanodine receptor (RyR) is a tetrameric, high molecular weight protein that functions as a calcium release channel. It plays a key role in phenomena such as signal transduction, excitation-contraction and excitation-secretion coupling. Hyperthermia maligna, central core disease and myocardial infarction have been related with RyR dysfunction. RyR is(More)
Adenosine administration was tested in rats with carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic fibrosis and was able to partially prevent the enlargement of liver and spleen induced by the toxin. This amelioration of the hepatomegaly was accompanied by a 50% reduction of the liver collagen deposition and preservation of content of glycosaminoglycans. A stimulated(More)
The effect of annexin VI (67-kDa calcimedin) on the activity of the Ca2+ release channel was studied using heavy sarcoplasmic reticulum membranes reconstituted into planar bilayers. Annexin VI, in a range of 5-40 nM, modified the gating behavior of the Ca2+ release channel by increasing the probability of opening by 2.7-fold and the mean open time by(More)