Ricardo Alberto Gomez-Flores

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BACKGROUND Colloidal silver has been used as an antimicrobial and disinfectant agent. However, there is scarce information on its antitumor potential. The aim of this study was to determine if colloidal silver had cytotoxic effects on MCF-7 breast cancer cells and its mechanism of cell death. METHODS MCF-7 breast cancer cells were treated with colloidal(More)
We investigated immune, endocrine, and somatic alterations using two animal models of human heroin administration. In a heroin self-administration paradigm, we observed changes in immune function which suggest that the cycle of intermittent drug use is actually a stressor, which in turn not only exacerbates craving and drug-seeking behavior but also(More)
Fumonisins represent a family of toxic, structurally related metabolites produced by fungi that are found in corn worldwide. We investigated the effects of the mycotoxin, fumonisin B(1), on rat splenic macrophage and lymphocyte functions. Pretreatment (24 h) of resident macrophages with fumonisin B(1) (1, 10, and 100 microg/ml) significantly (p<0.01)(More)
The systemic immune response of Trichoplusia ni after Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) exposure was evaluated by comparing the expression of genes encoding antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in Bt-susceptible and -resistant T. ni strains that were either exposed or not to XenTari (Bt-XT). AMP genes were detected by RT-PCR using primers for attacin, gloverin, lebocin,(More)
Plantago major (PM), also known as plantain, is a weed found in temperate zones worldwide. PM leaves have been associated with various biological properties ranging from antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumour to wound healing. However, its mechanism of action associated with boosting of the immune function remains to be elucidated. We found that(More)
Opioids alter immune function by binding to opioid receptors on cells of the immune system, or indirectly by acting on receptors within the central nervous system. Mu-selective opioid agonists are generally associated with immunosuppression, whereas delta-opioid receptor-selective agonists are commonly associated with immunopotentiation. We have previously(More)
We investigated the effects of acute injection of morphine into the rat mesencephalon periaqueductal gray (PAG), on splenic natural killer (NK) cell and lymphocyte functions, interleukin-2 (IL-2) production, expression of T cell (CD3), T helper cell (CD4), T suppressor cell (CD8), and NK cell (NKR-P1) surface markers, and expression of IL-2 (CD25) and(More)
The effects of the mu-opioid receptor agonists buprenorphine and morphine on immune and neuroendocrine functions through acute action in the rat mesencephalon periaqueductal gray (PAG) were evaluated. Buprenorphine is an analgesic recently approved for the treatment of drug dependency. In this study, it was shown that injection of an equianalgesic dose of(More)
An evaluation of fluorescence polarization assay (FPA) to detect antibodies against Brucella melitensis according to the Mexican Official Norm (NOM) was performed. In this study, a total of 2582 goat serum samples from a high-prevalence area in northeast Mexico where vaccination is applied, were used. Of these, 1094 were classified as NOM negatives (card(More)
The performance of the fluorescence polarization assay (FPA) using the recently described Brucella melitensis native hapten and the Brucella abortus O-polysaccharide tracer was evaluated and compared with those of The World Organization for Animal Health tests related to indirect and competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays as classification variables(More)