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It is widely accepted that changes underlying depression and antidepressant-like effects involve not only alterations in the levels of neurotransmitters as monoamines and their receptors in the brain, but also structural and functional changes far beyond. During the last two decades, emerging theories are providing new explanations about the neurobiology of(More)
Over the past five decades, the pharmacological treatment of depression has been based on the pathophysiological hypothesis of a deficiency in monoamines, mainly serotonin and noradrenaline. Antidepressant prescribed today, all of them designed to enhance central monoaminergic tone, present several important limitations, including a 2-5 weeks response lag(More)
The early effect of 1-100 microM roscovitine, a purine analogue and cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, was studied on tissue specimens from eight human malignant gliomas. The tissue was incubated immediately after resection with DMEM containing [3H]methylthymidine plus vehicle alone or the proper concentration of roscovitine for 30-90 min. The DNA synthesis(More)
In the last years it has been proposed that the antidepressant action is mediated not only by changes in monoamine levels but also in association with modifications involving cell proliferation and plasticity in some brain limbic areas as hippocampus, and also frontal cortex and amygdala. This leads to the merging of the classic "monoaminergic hypothesis of(More)
By using tissue miniunits, protein kinase modulators, and topoisomerase inhibitors in short-term incubation (0-90 min) we studied (1) the role of protein phosphorylation in the immediate control of DNA replication in the developing rat cerebral cortex and (2) the mechanism of action for genistein-mediated DNA synthesis inhibition. Genistein decreased the(More)
Recently, we described that serum decreases tritiated mannose incorporation into protein in the chick optic lobe at 18 days of embryonic age (Rossi et al., 1990). In this paper, we found a strikingly different response of this serum effect according to age. The data obtained showed no serum induced decrease in 6-10-day-old embryo. In addition, our results(More)
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