Silvia Jiménez-Jorge

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Melatonin production is not restricted to the pineal gland. Several extrapineal sources of this indole such as retina, Harderian gland, and immune system are well documented. Melatonin of pineal origin is not present in the rat at early stages of development. To assess the potential capacity of local melatonin synthesis by the immature brain and to gain(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of melatonin on proinflammatory status of rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). CIA was induced in male Wistar rats with an emulsion of type II collagen in Freund's Incomplete Adjuvant (C-II/FIA). For 14 days, control and pinealectomized rats received a subcutaneous injection of 100 microL melatonin(More)
To gain insight into the relationship between thymus and pineal gland during rat development, the melatonin content as well as the activity and expression of the two key enzymes for melatonin biosynthesis, i.e. N-acetyltransferase (NAT) and hydroxyindole-O-methyltransferase (HIOMT), were studied in the thymus at fetal and postnatal stages. Moreover,(More)
Melatonin is an indoleamine widely distributed in the evolution that shows a great functional versatility, playing an important role as a transmitter of photoperiodic information and exhibiting antioxidant, oncostatic, anti-aging and immunomodulatory properties. In vertebrates, this molecule is produced by the pineal gland and other extrapineal sites. The(More)
In this study, the effect of chronic administration of melatonin on MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) mice has been studied. These mice spontaneously develop an autoimmune disease that has many features resembling human systemic lupus erythematosus. In fact, histological studies showed that all female mice and most male mice exhibited glomerular abnormalities, arteritic(More)
MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) mice is widely accepted as a valuable model of systemic lupus erythematosus. As described in a previous work, the incidence of lupus in this strain is determined by sex hormones, i.e., estrogens and androgens. Moreover, we reported that the immunomodulatory action of melatonin in these mice was gender-dependent probably through modulation(More)
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