Rodrigo I Garcia

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Autophagocytosis not only accounts for the early pigment loss found in proliferating cultured retinal pigment cells, but also occurs in slowly growing and in non-proliferating cells. Both melanosome synthesis and destruction may take place concurrently in cells. Autophagosomes may contain both fully formed melanosomes and also premelanosomes in various(More)
Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that arises from mutations in the X-linked gene methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2). MeCP2 has a large number of targets and a wide range of functions, suggesting the hypothesis that functional signaling mechanisms upstream of synaptic and circuit maturation may contribute to our understanding of the disorder(More)
The impact of activity on neuronal circuitry is complex, involving both functional and structural changes whose interaction is largely unknown. We have used optical imaging of mouse visual cortex responses and two-photon imaging of superficial layer spines on layer 5 neurons to monitor network function and synaptic structural dynamics in the mouse visual(More)
Scrotal skin of black Long-Evans rats and human thigh skin were maintained in vitro as organ cultures for as long as 14 days, and examined histologically using the combined skin splitting and Dopa techniques. Selected rat skin cultures received testosterone in the culture medium and/or were irradiated with ultraviolet light (290-320 nm UVL). With increased(More)
Rett syndrome is a severe childhood onset neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2), with known disturbances in catecholamine synthesis. Here, we show that treatment with the β2-adrenergic receptor agonist clenbuterol increases survival, rescues abnormalities in respiratory function and social recognition, and(More)
Tumor cells from 7 freshly isolated human ovarian tumors and 2 continuous human ovarian cancer cell lines were analyzed for their surface expression of MHC class-1, class 11 and ICAM-1 surface antigens before and after exposure to gamma-irradiation and/or the cytokines TNF-alpha plus IFN-gamma. All 7 fresh tumors expressed high levels of MHC class 1 and(More)
Human melanocyte cultures were established using disaggregated epidermal cell suspensions derived from foreskins and plated onto culture dishes in medium containing 2% fetal bovine serum, growth factors, hormones, and melanocyte growth factor (MGF) extracted from bovine hypothalamus (Wilkins et al., J.Cell. Physiol., 122:350, 1985). After 2 days in culture(More)
Chicken embryo retinal pigment cells cultured for 2 weeks in 1 or 10 microns BrdU accumulate only 25% of the amount of melanin found in controls. Growth is inhibited by 10 microns BrdU but not by 1 micron BrdU. Cells cultured with BrdU had decreased tyrosinase activity and lost the typical epithelial appearance of controls. Equimolar concentrations of(More)
The number of epidermal appendages and melanocytes in forearm skin of three groups of Solomon Islanders has been determined. There were no significant differences in the number of hair follicles or sweat ducts among Solomon Islander groups, nor between them and a Caucasian group used for comparison. The Nasioi and Kwaio, however, do have a significantly(More)