Ralph A. Rodriguez

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The purpose of the present study was to compare the effects of several depolarizing agents on both the membrane potential and on the release of [3H] gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) from sheep brain cortex synaptosomes. We examined the effects of KCl, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), veratridine, ouabain and tetraphenylphosphonium cation (TPP+) on Ca(2+)-independent(More)
We examined the influence of external acidification on Ca2+ fluxes (45Ca2+ influx and 45Ca2+ efflux) in rat brain synaptosomes. A change on external pH (pHe) from 7.5 to 6.5 linearly decreased the 45Ca2+ uptake (5nmoles/mg protein/pHunit) and increased the 45Ca2+ efflux (1.5 fold/pH unit). These changes were both Na+ dependent and amiloride sensitive(More)
Course Description: This course is an applied course, designed to provide students an introduction to statistical techniques used to make data-based decisions. The context is human resource management, but the applications are also relevant to other business and management decisions. An emphasis is on fostering (a) a conceptual understanding of different(More)
In a previous work we have shown that histidine decarboxylase (HD) activity is found in a soluble and a membrane-bound form. A major part (82%) of the membrane-bound HD activity in the crude mitochondrial fraction (P2) was present in the synaptic plasma membrane-containing subfraction. Physiological concentrations of Ca2+ had no direct effect on HD activity(More)
The intracerebroventricular administration of compound 48/80 or polymixin B to rats 0 to 60 days old, produced a decrease both in the histamine which sediments in the crude nuclear fraction, as well as in the number of mast cells in the brain. In contrast, the histamine-releasers did not affect histamine levels in subcellular fractions where neuronal(More)
Histamine stimulated Ca2+ uptake in synaptosomes was completely inhibited by the slow Ca2+ channel antagonists verapamil, cinnarizine and flunarizine, and slightly inhibited by nifedipine and diltiazem. Ca2+ uptake in synaptosomes depolarized or predepolarized with varying K+ concentrations was increased by histamine, in both conditions, until 30mM K+. At(More)
The subcellular localization of ornithine decarboxylase activity was investigated in control or histamine-treated 6-day-old rat brains. Ornithine decarboxylase activity was located mainly in the cytosolic fraction (75%), whereas significant lower activity was observed in the crude nuclear (7%), crude mitochondrial (15%) and crude microsomal (3%) fractions.(More)
Histidine decarboxylase (HD) activity was determined in high-speed fractions (100,000 g for 60 min) obtained from whole rat brain homogenates. Twenty-eight percent of the HD activity was associated with membranes, and the remaining was soluble. Several properties of the soluble and membrane-bound HD were compared. No significant differences in the values of(More)
Histamine (10(-4) M) and 60 mM K+, but not 60 mM Na+ or 60 mM choline+, increased the maximal synaptosomal (Ca(2+)-Mg2+)-ATPase activity by 15 and 36% respectively and decreased the extrasynaptosomal Ca2+ concentration necessary to reach it. Histamine and K+ enhanced the synaptosomal (Ca(2+)-Mg2+)-ATPase activity in a concentration-dependent manner. In(More)