Sara Ferrando

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In the olfactory and vomeronasal systems of vertebrates, the morphology of the receptor neurons, the receptor gene family they express, the G-protein coupled with the receptor (in particular the G-protein alpha subunit), and their projection to the olfactory bulb are correlated. Much information about this complicated system have been collected in different(More)
A population of the Mediterranean red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata has exhibited unexpected resilience after being impacted by 2 anomalous mortality events in 1999 and 2003. To understand the recovery mechanisms, we examined the population reproductive structure and reproductive output based on data collected via non-destructive sampling techniques. The(More)
To date, no study has been published on cell renewal in the olfactory epithelium of Chondrichthyes. Our work aimed at detecting proliferating cells (by Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen - PCNA immunohistochemistry) and apoptotic cells (by terminal uridine deoxynucleotidyl transferase nick end labeling method) in the olfactory epithelium of the shark(More)
Visual observations and videos of Chionodraco hamatus icefish at the "Acquario di Genova" and histological analyses of congeneric species C. hamatus and C. rastrospinosus adults sampled in the field provided new anatomical and behavioral information on the reproductive biology of these white blooded species that are endemic to the High-Antarctic region.(More)
In vertebrates, two chemosensory systems are devoted to olfaction: the main olfactory system (MOS) and the vomeronasal system (VNS). In tetrapods, the olfactory and VNSs are actually two distinct sensory epithelia lining two distinct organs, projecting to the olfactory bulb (OB) and the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), respectively (Mombaerts, 2004). In(More)
The objective of this study is to examine the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) that are dispersed in sea water by using an in vivo model. Because many products of nanotechnology contain NPs and are commonly used and well-established in the market, the accidental release of NPs into the air and water is quite possible. Indeed, at the end of their(More)
Our previous studies reported evidence for aerobic ATP synthesis by myelin from both bovine brainstem and rat sciatic nerve. Considering that the optic nerve displays a high oxygen demand, here we evaluated the expression and activity of the five Respiratory Complexes in myelin purified from either bovine or murine optic nerves. Western blot analyses on(More)
The aim was to investigate the toxicity of selected metal oxide nanoparticles (MO-NPs) on the brine shrimp Artemia salina, by evaluating mortality and behavioural and biochemical responses. Larvae were exposed to tin(IV) oxide (stannic oxide (SnO2)), cerium(IV) oxide (CeO2) and iron(II, III) oxide (Fe3O4) NPs for 48 h in seawater, with MO-NP suspensions(More)
A new receptor neuron (RN) type was recently described in bony fish olfactory epithelium (OE): the crypt receptor neuron. This name is due to its main feature: the presence, at the apical part, of a deep invagination into which cilia protrude. The presence of this receptor neuron type is well documented in different species of bony fishes but it has never(More)
In the present paper, the effect of natural environment non-lethal heavy metal concentration on cell renewal of Liza aurata intestinal epithelium, was studied by the TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated dUTP nick end labelling) method and anti-PCNA (proliferating cell nuclear antigen) immunohistochemistry, in order to detect, respectively,(More)