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María Castelló

Country of origin: Uruguay Currently in: Uruguay, Montevideo General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2002 Doctorate Biological Systems and Organisms
1992 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

Research Keywords: 
developmental neuroscience
cell proliferation
weakly electric fish

Publications resulting from Research: 

- Olivera-Pasilio, V.; Peterson, D. A. and Castelló, M. E. (2014). Cellular composition and spatial distribution of adult brain proliferative zones in the teleost, Gymnotus omarorum. Front. Neuroanat. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2014.00088

- Iribarne, L., and Castelló. M.E. (2014). Postnatal brain develop
ment of the pulse type, weakly electric gymnotid fish Gymnotus omarorum. J. Physiol. (Paris).

- Castelló, M.E. Rodriguez-Cattáneo, A. Aguilera, P.A., Iribarne, L, Pereira, A.C. and A. Caputi. (2009). Waveform generation in the weakly electric fish Gymnotus coropinae (Hoedeman): the electric organ and the electric organ discharge. J. Exp. Biol. 212: 1351-1364.

- Castelló, M.E., Nogueira, J., Trujillo-Cenóz, and A. A. Caputi (2008). Sensory processing in the fast electrosensory pathway of pulse gymnotids studied at multiple integrative levels. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 151(3): 370-380.

- A. A. Caputi, M.E. Castelló, P.A. Aguilera, C. Pereira, J. Nogueira, A. Rodríguez-Cattaneo, C. Lezcano. (2008). Active electroreception in Gymnotus omari: imaging, object discrimination, and early processing of actively generated signals. J. Physiol. (Paris).102: 256-271, 2008.

- Pereira, A.C., Rodríguez-Cattaneo, A., Castelló, M.E., and Caputi, A. A. (2007). Post-natal development of the electromotor system in a pulse gymnotid electric fish. J. Exp. Biol. 210: 800-814.

- Nogueira, J., Castelló, M.E. and Caputi, A. A. (2006). The role of single spiking spherical neurons in a fast sensory pathway. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (6): 1122-1134.

- A.A. Caputi, P. A. Aguilera, M.E. Castelló (2003). Probability and amplitude of novelty
responses as a function of the change in contrast of the referent image in Gymnotus carapo. J. Exp. Biol. 206:999-1010.

- Caputi, A.A., Castelló, M.E., Aguilera, P. and Trujillo-Cenóz, O. (2002). Electrolocation and electrocommunication in pulse gymnotids: signal carriers, pre-receptor mechanisms and the electrosensory mosaic. J. Physiol. (Paris) 96: 493-505.

- Aguilera, P.A., Castelló, M.E. and A.A. Caputi. (2001). Electroreception in Gymnotus carapo: differences between self-generated and conspecific-generated signal carriers. J. Exp. Biol. 204(2): 185-198.

- Castelló, M.E., Aguilera, P.A., Trujillo-Cenóz, O. and A.A. Caputi (2000). Electroreception in Gymnotus carapo: pre-receptor processing and the distribution of electroreceptor types. J. Exp. Biol. 203(21):3279-3287.

- Caputi, A., Castelló, M.E., and O.Trujillo-Cenóz (1998). Structural and functional aspects of the fast electrosensory pathway in the electrosensory lateral line lobe of the pulse fish Gymnotus carapo. J. Comp. Neurol. 401(4): 549-563.

- F. Dajas, R. Silveira, G. Costa, M. Castelló, D. Jerusalinsky, J. Medina, D. Levesque and S. Greenfield (1993). Differential cholinergic and non-cholinergic actions of
acetylcholinesterase in the substantia nigra revealed by fasciculin-induced inhibition.
Brain Research 616(1-2):1-5.

- J. Silberring, M. E. Castelló and F. Nyberg. (1992). Characterization of Dynorphin Aconverting Enzyme in Human Spinal Cord. An endoprotease related to a distinct conversion pathway for the opioid heptadecapeptide J. Biol. Chem. 267(30): 21324-21328.

- M. E. Castelló, B. Bolioli and F. Dajas (1992). Catalepsy induced by striatal
acetylcholinesterase inhibition with fasciculin in rats. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. 41(2):547550.

- B. Bolioli, M. E. Castelló, D. Jerusalinsky, M. Rubinstein, J. Medina and F. Dajas (1989).
Neurochemical and behavioral correlates of unilateral striatal acetylcholinesterase inhibition by fasciculin in rats. Brain Research, 504: 1-6.

- F. Dajas, B. Bolioli, M. E. Castelló and R. Silveira (1987). Rat striatal acetylcholinesterase inhibiton by Fasciculin (a polypeptide from green mamba snake venom). Neurosci. Lett., 77:

Current profession

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Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Apr 2006
Grass Fellow
Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA for independent research project.