Veronica Otero-Corchón

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Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons have been intensively studied because of their essential role in regulating energy balance and body weight. Many effects of POMC neurons can be attributed to their release of cognate neuropeptides from secretory granules in axon terminals. However, these neurons also synaptically release non-peptide neurotransmitters. The(More)
Stimulation of the dopamine (DA) system disrupts prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle response. On the basis of rat studies, it appeared that DA D2 receptors (D2Rs) rather than D1 receptors (D1Rs) regulate PPI, albeit possibly in synergism with D1Rs. To characterize the DA receptor modulation of PPI in another species, we tested DA D1R and D2R(More)
Patients and experimental models of temporal lobe epilepsy display loss of somatostatinergic neurons in the dentate gyrus. To determine if loss of the peptide somatostatin contributes to epileptic seizures we examined kainate-evoked seizures and kindling in somatostatin knockout mice. Somatostatin knockout mice were not observed to experience spontaneous(More)
Ghrelin activates GH release and is implicated in growth and metabolic regulation. The regulation of its biosynthesis has not been well studied. The current investigation was designed to examine some of the factors that may influence ghrelin gene expression in the stomach. Thus, in C57BL/6 mice, ghrelin mRNA was detectable by Northern blots throughout the(More)
Cell-specific expression of many genes is conveyed by multiple enhancers, with each individual enhancer controlling a particular expression domain. In contrast, multiple enhancers drive similar expression patterns of some genes involved in embryonic development, suggesting regulatory redundancy. Work in Drosophila has indicated that functionally overlapping(More)
Evidence showing expression of endogenous opioids in the mammalian retina is sparse. In the present study we examined a transgenic mouse line expressing an obligate dimerized form of Discosoma red fluorescent protein (DsRed) under the control of the pro-opiomelanocortin promoter and distal upstream regulatory elements to assess whether pro-opiomelanocortin(More)
Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) is synthesized predominantly in pituitary corticotrophs, melanotrophs, and arcuate hypothalamic neurons. Corticotroph-derived ACTH mediates basal and stress-induced glucocorticoid secretion, but it is uncertain whether POMC peptides produced in the brain also regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. To address this(More)
Evidence showing expression of endogenous opioids in the mammalian retina is sparse. In the present study we examined a transgenic mouse line expressing an obligate dimerized form of Discosoma red fluorescent protein (DsRed) under the control of the pro-opiomela-nocortin promoter and distal upstream regulatory elements to assess whether pro-opiomelanocortin(More)
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