Paula A. Garay

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Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) molecules modulate activity-dependent refinement and plasticity. We found that MHCI also negatively regulates the density and function of cortical synapses during their initial establishment both in vitro and in vivo. MHCI molecules are expressed on cortical neurons before and during synaptogenesis. In vitro,(More)
Although the brain has classically been considered "immune-privileged", current research suggests an extensive communication between the immune and nervous systems in both health and disease. Recent studies demonstrate that immune molecules are present at the right place and time to modulate the development and function of the healthy and diseased central(More)
Maternal infection is a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SZ). Indeed, modeling this risk factor in mice through maternal immune activation (MIA) causes ASD- and SZ-like neuropathologies and behaviors in the offspring. Although MIA upregulates pro-inflammatory cytokines in the fetal brain, whether MIA leads to long-lasting(More)
The effects of a nutritional support in hospitalized patients with alcoholic cirrhosis and liver failure were studied in a controlled protocol. Thirty-six patients were included, 17 were randomly assigned to an experimental group and the rest to a control group. Experimentals received a diet aiming at 50 kcal (209 kJ)/kg bodyweight/d and 1.5 g protein/kg(More)
We describe the development of a rapid colorimetric assay for soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) activity adapted for a 96-well microplate. The assay greatly decreases the analysis time and cost over traditional methodologies based on radio- and immunoassays and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separations. The method does not demonstrate any(More)
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