Alexandra Pettit

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Although opiate drugs of abuse have been shown to decrease adult hippocampal neurogenesis, the impact of opiate analgesics has not been tested. North American regulatory boards governing the ethical treatment of experimental animals require the administration of analgesics, such as buprenorphine, following minor surgical interventions. Here, we show that(More)
Gap junction protein and extracellular matrix signalling systems act in concert to influence developmental specification of neural stem and progenitor cells. It is not known how these two signalling systems interact. Here, we examined the role of ECM components in regulating connexin expression and function in postnatal hippocampal progenitor cells. We(More)
In human melanocytes and a human melanoma cell line (MM96L), the level of Ku sequence-specific binding to a 37-mer oligonucleotide containing a single E2F-1 binding site of the c-myc promoter (E2cM) significantly decreased 12 24h after cytostatic exposure to 300 J/m2 ultraviolet B radiation (UVB). No UVB-induced loss was found in fibroblasts, while HeLa(More)
In human melanocytes and a human melanoma cell line (MM96L), the level of the retinoblastoma gene product (pRB) detected by Western blotting transiently decreased to 55% and 70% of controls respectively 9-12 h after a noncytostatic exposure (75 Jm-2) to UVB (280-315 nm) and to 2% and 14% 48 h after a cytostatic exposure (300 Jm-2). The pRB levels in(More)
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