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Galactocerebrosidase (GALC) is deficient in all tissues from human patients and animal models with globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) or Krabbe disease. The deficiency results in decreased lysosomal catabolism of certain galactolipids including galactosylceramide and psychosine that are synthesized maximally during myelination. According to current theories,(More)
Adenosine, a potent anticonvulsant, can be produced in the body by the hydrolysis of adenine nucleotides through the action of ecto- or soluble nucleotidases. Changes in nucleotide hydrolysis occur after pentylenetetrazol-induced epileptic events. We evaluated serum ATP, ADP and AMP hydrolysis rates and soluble nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDEase) activity(More)
The RT-PCR analysis of RNA from progenitor and differentiated primary rat oligodendrocytes, and from the oligodendrocyte CG-4 cell line, shows the presence of the IL-1beta mRNA, the type I IL-1beta receptor and the IL-1 receptor accessory protein in these cells. In situ hybridization of a rat IL-1beta probe to primary progenitor and differentiated rat(More)
Krabbe disease or globoid cell leukodystropy is a lysosomal disorder caused by a deficiency of galactocerebrosidase (GALC) activity. This results in defects in myelin that lead to severe symptoms and early death in most human patients and animals with this disease. With the cloning of the GALC gene and the availability of the mouse model, called twitcher,(More)
Mammalian spermatogenesis is a complex hormone-dependent developmental program where interactions between different cell types are finely regulated. Mouse models in which any of the sperm maturation steps are perturbed provide major insights into the molecular control of spermatogenesis. The Twitcher mouse is a model for the Krabbe disease, characterized by(More)
There is increasing evidence that proteins normally involved in the cell cycle play a role in the regulation of neuronal apoptotic death following various insults. However, it is not clear if the same mechanisms regulate cell death of oligodendrocytes as well. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of ceramide-induced apoptosis in primary rat(More)
BACKGROUND The status characterized by the imbalance between pro-oxidants and antioxidants molecules, defined as oxidative stress, has been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of subfertility in females. This study aims to evaluate the impact of a complete micronutrients supplementation on oxidative stress levels in follicular microenvironment as(More)
Krabbe's disease (KD) is a degenerative lysosomal storage disease resulting from deficiency of β-galactocerebrosidase activity. Over 100 mutations are known to cause the disease, and these usually occur in compound heterozygote patterns. In affected patients, nonsense mutations leading to a nonfunctional enzyme are often found associated with other(More)
Globoid cell leukodystrophy or Krabbe disease is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the galactosylceramidase gene. The objective of the study was to present information about the fatty acid (FA) composition of the brain and serum of twitcher mice, a mouse model of Krabbe disease, compared to wild type, in order to identify(More)
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