Rafaela Tapia Aguilar

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Administration of 4 mg of the antiprogestagen RU486 to 4-day-cyclic rats over 8 consecutive days starting on the day of estrus (Day 1) induced and anovulatory cystic ovarian condition with endocrine and morphological features similar to those exhibited in polycystic ovarian disease (PCO). To determine whether the RU486-treated rat responds in an analogous(More)
In order to correlate the date of balano-preputial separation (BPS) with the testicular development, twenty four rats were selected from an experimental design focused on the effects of pituitary grafts on puberty. Animals that presented BPS at an early age, showed a smaller volume of the seminiferous epithelium and a lower spermatogenic level than that(More)
The selective oestrogen receptor modulator (SERM) tamoxifen (TX) has agonist/antagonist actions on LH secretion in the rat. Whereas in the absence of oestrogens TX elicits progesterone receptor (PR)-dependent GnRH self-priming, it antagonizes oestrogen-stimulatory action on LH secretion. The aim of these experiments was to explore whether TX(More)
Intact Wistar male rats injected on Day 1 with 500 micrograms of estradiol benzoate or olive oil were decapitated on Days 15 and 22 or maintained until adulthood to analyze the balanopreputial separation. Other oil or estradiol-treated rats were orchidectomized on Day 15 and decapitated on Day 22. The neonatal estrogenization produced the following(More)
Mast cells in the testis of control adult rats were found almost exclusively around subcapsular blood vessels. Discrete mast cells were distributed throughout the stroma of the epididymis and sex accessory glands. In neonatally estrogen-treated rats, a greater number of mast cells was present in the testicular interstitium, whereas no significant increase(More)
Activation of excitatory N-methyl-D-aspartate and kainate receptors evokes multiple and diverse neuroendocrine changes. We have previously shown that kainic acid (KA), an agonist of kainate receptors, inhibits prolactin (PRL) secretion in male rats when given systemically. In the present studies we have characterized this inhibitory action. KA inhibited in(More)
The specific role of each oestrogen receptor (ER) isoform (alpha and beta ) and site (nucleus and plasma membrane) in LH release was determined in ovariectomized (OVX) rats injected over 6 days (days 15-20 after OVX) with a saturating dose (3 mg/day) of tamoxifen (TX), a selective ER modulator with nuclear ERalpha agonist actions in the absence of(More)
The role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) in the control of prolactin (PRL) secretion was analysed in prepubertal male rats. In experiment 1, males of different ages were decapitated after administration of NMDA or vehicle. In experiment 2, 30-day-old males were killed at different times after administration of vehicle, NMDA, MK-801 (a non-competitive NMDA(More)
We have previously shown that administration of antiprogestin (AP) type II RU486 to ovariectomized (OVX) rats on the morning of pro-oestrus decreases the magnitude of preovulatory gonadotrophin surge. This suggests that the effect of RU486 on LHRH-dependent gonadotrophin release may be independent of its ability to block progesterone actions. The aim of the(More)
BACKGROUND We attempted to define the effect of estrogen receptor (ER)alpha activation on gonadotroph progesterone receptor (PR) expression (mRNA and protein) and action (GnRH-stimulated and GnRH self-priming) in short- and long-term ovariectomized (OVX) rats. METHODS Two weeks or 1 year after OVX, rats were injected over 3 days with 125 microg/kg of(More)