Aleksandar Bajic

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Neuroendocrine secretory vesicles discharge their cargo in response to a stimulus, but the nature of this event is poorly understood. We studied the release of the pituitary hormone prolactin by hypotonicity, because this hormone also contributes to osmoregulation. In perfused rat lactotrophs, hypotonicity resulted in a transient increase followed by a(More)
The effects of H2O2 are widely studied in cell cultures and other in vitro systems. However, such investigations are performed with the assumption that H2O2 concentration is constant, which may not properly reflect in vivo settings, particularly in redox-turbulent microenvironments such as mitochondria. Here we introduced and tested a novel concept of(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurological disorder affecting upper and lower motoneurons. The transgenic ALS rat model (hSOD-1(G93A)) was used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study using a low field wide bore magnet. T2-weighted hyperintensities were observed in the brainstem, rubrospinal tract and vagus motor nuclei with(More)
Ecto-5'-nucleotidase (e-5NT) is a cell-surface located, rate-limiting enzyme in the extracellular metabolism of ATP, catalyzing the final step of the conversion of AMP to adenosine. Since this enzyme shifts the balance from pro-inflammatory ATP to anti-inflammatory adenosine, it is considered to be an important regulator of inflammation. Although(More)
Nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases) are ecto-enzymes catalyzing the first step of sequential hydrolysis of extracellular ATP to adenosine, as the final product. Among eight members of NTPDase family, NTPDases1–3 have been shown to be expressed in the brain. Although altered NTPDase expression has been observed in relation to cell death(More)
Short-term plasticity was studied on synapses to Purkinje cells (PC): paired-pulse facilitation in parallel fibers (PF) and paired-pulse depression in climbing fibers (CF). Both phenomena relate to synaptic strength. These forms of short-term plasticity were tested on cerebellar slices in rat by early postnatal synchronous stimulation of olivary neurons(More)
Scotopic electroretinogram of dogfish shark (Scylliorhinus canicula) and eel (Anguilla anguilla) is characterized by a negative off-response, changing in sign under photopic condition. It increased under the effect of increased background illumination, but its amplitude never exceeded that of the b-wave. On the other hand, dark-adapted electroretinograms of(More)
Comparative electroretinographic studies of the d-wave evoked with long duration photo stimuli in dark- and light-adapted fish species (three marine and three freshwater) were performed. At the end of prolonged photo-stimulation in scotopic conditions a negative d-wave appears in electroretinograms of dogfish shark, eel and goldfish diminishing and(More)
Thyroid hormone (TH) receptors (TRs α and β) are homologous ligand-dependent transcription factors (TFs). While the TRs display distinct actions in development, metabolic regulation and other processes, comparisons of TRα and TRβ dependent gene regulation mostly reveal similar mechanisms of action and few TR subtype specific genes. Here, we show that TRα(More)
Different forms of synaptic plasticity in the cerebellum expressed at the synapses onto Purkinje cells (PCs) are mediated by membrane metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs). There are three main mGluR groups with a total of 8 subtypes. Although mGluRs are also found at the climbing fiber (CF) to PC synapses, the distribution and biological activity of(More)
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