Rebeca Díez-Alarcia

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Several studies have demonstrated alterations in serotonin 5-HT2A (5-HT2AR) and glutamate metabotropic mGlu2 (mGlu2R) receptors in depression, but never in the same sample population. Recently it has been shown that both receptors form a functional receptor heterocomplex that is altered in schizophrenia. The present study evaluates the gene expression and(More)
BACKGROUND Alterations in brain density and signaling associated with monoamine receptors are believed to play a role in depressive disorders. This study evaluates the functional status of α₂(A)-adrenoceptors in postmortem frontal cortex of depressed subjects. METHODS G-protein activation and inhibition of adenylyl cyclase (AC) activity induced by the(More)
Enhanced brain apoptosis (neurons and glia) may be involved in major depression (MD) and schizophrenia (SZ), mainly through the activation of the intrinsic (mitochondrial) apoptotic pathway. In the extrinsic death pathway, pro-apoptotic Fas-associated death domain (FADD) adaptor and its non-apoptotic p-Ser194 FADD form have critical roles interacting with(More)
Animal models represent a very useful tool for the study of depressive-like behavior and for the evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy of antidepressants. Nevertheless, gene expression patterns of these different animal models and whether genes classically associated with human major depression are present in these genetic profiles remain unknown. Gene(More)
The homologous regulation of neurotransmitter receptors by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) is important in the pathogenesis and treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Previous studies have reported that the basal status of GRK2 is different in brains (upregulation) and platelets (downregulation) of subjects with MDD. The principal aim of(More)
In this study we determined the norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine and methoxy-hydroxy-phenyl-glycol (MHPG) levels in dissected chick telencephalon, diencephalon/mesencephalon and cerebellum in a number of stages from the late embryonic period (E16, E17, E18 and E19) and post-hatching period (P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P15 and P30) using HPLC coupled with a(More)
Knowledge about the noradrenergic system in birds is very scarce even though their biological diversity and complex social behavior make them an excellent model for studying neuronal functions and developmental biology. While the role of norepinephrine has been described in depth in a large number of central and peripheral functions in mammals, reports for(More)
Here we studied muscarinic receptors in the gerbil thalamus at 8 different ages - from 6 to 36 months - using receptor and functional autoradiography. The pharmacological profile inhibiting [(3)H]N-methyl scopolamine ([(3)H]NMS) binding with 50 and 200 nM pirenzepine, 30 nM pFHHSiD and 100 nM AF-DX 116 revealed the predominance of the M(2) muscarinic(More)
Cannabinoid receptor density and cannabinoid receptor-mediated G protein stimulation were studied by autoradiographic techniques throughout the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) brain. The maximal CB(1) receptor density value (using [(3)H]CP55,940 as radioligand) was found in the molecular layer of the cerebellum (Mol), and high binding values were(More)
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