Nathalia Vitureira

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Synaptic plasticity, a change in the efficacy of synaptic signaling, is a key property of synaptic communication that is vital to many brain functions. Hebbian forms of long-lasting synaptic plasticity-long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD)-have been well studied and are considered to be the cellular basis for particular types of(More)
Brain function requires neuronal activity-dependent energy consumption. Neuronal energy supply is controlled by molecular mechanisms that regulate mitochondrial dynamics, including Kinesin motors and Mitofusins, Miro1-2 and Trak2 proteins. Here we show a new protein family that localizes to the mitochondria and controls mitochondrial dynamics. This family(More)
N-cadherin is a homophilic adhesion protein that remains expressed at mature excitatory synapses beyond its developmental role in synapse formation. We investigated the trans-synaptic activity of N-cadherin in regulating synapse function in rodent cultured hippocampal neurons using optical methods and electrophysiology. Interfering with N-cadherin in(More)
The antigenic and genetic diversity of G glycoprotein from 25 human respiratory viruses (group A) isolated during nine consecutive epidemics (1993-2001) in Montevideo, Uruguay, and 7 strains isolated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the same period were analyzed. Genetic variability was evaluated by partial sequence of the G protein gene. Phylogenetic(More)
Neural development and plasticity are regulated by neural adhesion proteins, including the polysialylated form of NCAM (PSA-NCAM). Podocalyxin (PC) is a renal PSA-containing protein that has been reported to function as an anti-adhesin in kidney podocytes. Here we show that PC is widely expressed in neurons during neural development. Neural PC interacts(More)
Homeostatic synaptic plasticity remains an enigmatic form of synaptic plasticity. Increasing interest on the topic has fuelled a surge of recent studies that have identified key molecular players and the signaling pathways involved. However, the new findings also highlight our lack of knowledge concerning some of the basic properties of homeostatic synaptic(More)
We studied the expression pattern of the major renal protein Podocalyxin during the development of mouse brain using in situ hybridization. Podocalyxin mRNA was widely expressed at least from E14, the first age we studied, and expression remained high until adulthood. The highest levels of expression were postnatal. Podocalyxin expression was particularly(More)
Adenoviruses are one of the most frequent causative agents of acute lower respiratory infections in infants and young children. Twenty-three adenovirus isolates from nasopharyngeal aspirates of children hospitalized for acute lower respiratory infections in Uruguay between 1994 and 1998 were studied by restriction enzyme analysis. The genomic analysis(More)
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