Mercedes González

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Functional in vitro models composed of human cells will constitute an important platform in the next generation of system biology and drug discovery. This study reports a novel human-based in vitro Neuromuscular Junction (NMJ) system developed in a defined serum-free medium and on a patternable non-biological surface. The motoneurons and skeletal muscles(More)
Chagas' disease is a major parasitic problem in developing countries in Central and South America. Chemotherapy for such disease is still insufficient and not effective in its chronic part. Many efforts have been made in recent years to know more about possible new biochemical targets to design new selective drugs. This paper reviews old therapeutic(More)
To date, the coculture of motoneurons (MNs) and skeletal muscle in a defined in vitro system has only been described in one study and that was between rat MNs and rat skeletal muscle. No in vitro studies have demonstrated human MN to rat muscle synapse formation, although numerous studies have attempted to implant human stem cells into rat models to(More)
We report the design, the synthesis and the biological evaluation of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of furoxanyl N-acylhydrazones (furoxanyl-NAH) by applying molecular hybridization approach. Hybrid compounds with IL-8-release inhibition capabilities were identified. Among them, furoxanyl-NAH, 17, and benzofuroxanyl-derivative, 24, together(More)
The transfer of lymphocytes into severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice induces a series of histological changes in the spleen, including the appearance of mature follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). Studies were undertaken to clarify the role of lymphotoxin (LT) in this process. The results show that SCID mice have a small and partially differentiated(More)
Brief treatment with alphaCD154 Ab has been shown to prevent acute graft versus host disease (aGvHD). We extend these data to show that in the absence of CD154 function, donor T cells are unable to expand or generate high level anti-host CTL activity. Using transgenic (Tg) alloreactive CD8+ T cells adoptively transferred into allogeneic recipients, we show(More)
Inflammatory mediators facilitate the maturation of dendritic cells (DC), enabling them to induce the activation, proliferation and differentiation of cognate T cells. The role of CD40 on DC and CD154 on T cells has been studied by the co-adoptive transfer of antigen-pulsed DC and TCR-transgenic (Tg) T cells in vivo. It is shown that in the absence of(More)
Chagas disease is caused by the trypanosomatid parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and threatens millions of lives in South America. As other neglected diseases there is almost no research and development effort by the pharmaceutical industry and the treatment relies on two drugs, Nifurtimox and Benznidazole, discovered empirically more than three decades ago.(More)
Induction of transplantation tolerance to alloantigens without general immunosuppression remains an enduring challenge. Injecting a donor-specific transfusion (DST) of spleen cells together with blocking alphaCD154 antibody prior to graft transplantation is an effective way to induce long-lived graft acceptance. Using a novel T-cell receptor (TCR)(More)
The synthesis and in vitro activity of R(+)-Limonene derivatives against Leishmania and Trypanosoma cruzi strains are reported. Seven compounds have shown better in vitro activity against Leishmania (V.)braziliensis than the standard drug pentamidine. Additionally, we have identified two promising new anti-T. cruzi limonene derivatives.