Sergio A. Gonzalez

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The role of the pineal gland is to translate the rhythmic cycles of night and day encoded by the retina into hormonal signals that are transmitted to the rest of the neuronal system in the form of serotonin and melatonin synthesis and release. Here we describe that the production of both melatonin and serotonin by the pineal gland is regulated by a(More)
It has been suggested that motor imagery (MI) has the basic components of real motion. This possibility was tested here in 17 healthy volunteers studied while performing or imaging a fast sequence of finger movements of progressive complexity, a fast and precise extension of the arm to touch a small circle with the tip of a pencil, a periodic repetitive(More)
Scorpine and toxins specific for potassium channels of the family beta (beta-Ktx) are two types of structurally related scorpion venom components, characterized by an unusually long extended N-terminal segment, followed by a Cys-rich domain with some resemblance to other scorpion toxins. In this communication, we report evidence supporting the ubiquitous(More)
Polymorphic variants of the dopamine D(4) receptor have been consistently associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, the functional significance of the risk polymorphism (variable number of tandem repeats in exon 3) is still unclear. Here, we show that whereas the most frequent 4-repeat (D(4.4)) and the 2-repeat (D(4.2))(More)
OBJECTIVE Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) is inactivated in the extracellular compartment by pyroglutamyl aminopeptidase II (PPII), a narrow specificity ectopeptidase present in the brain and in the lactotrophs of the adenohypophysis. TRH and various hypothalamic/paracrine agents regulate the activity of PPII on the surface of adenohypophyseal cells in(More)
In contrast to the relatively high attention paid to the structural heterogeneity of striatal dopamine (DA) innervation, little attention has been focused on the possible striatal heterogeneity for release and uptake of DA. By using amperometric methods, we found striatal regions showing a DA decrease during the medial forebrain bundle stimulation (drain(More)
The indoloquinolizidine-peptide 28 [(3S,12bR)-N-((S)-1-((S)-1-((S)-2-carbamoylpyrrolidin-1-yl)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-oxopropan-2-ylamino)-4-cyclohexyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1,2,3,4,6,7,12, 12b-octahydroindolo[2,3-a]quinolizine-3-carboxamide], a trans-indoloquinolizidine-peptide hybrid obtained by a combinatorial approach, behaved as an orthosteric ligand of all(More)
The influence of nigrostriatal cell firing on the dopamine transporter (DAT) activity of the rat striatum was studied in vivo with amperometric methods. Data were obtained after preventing dopamine (DA) release with alpha-methyl-L-tyrosine and replenishing extracellular DA with local injections. The DA cell stimulation, which under basal conditions(More)
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