Alison Prendergast

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In utero exposure of rodents to valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, has been proposed to induce an adult phenotype with behavioural characteristics reminiscent of those observed in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We have evaluated the face validity of this model in terms of social cognition deficits which are a major core symptom of(More)
Long-term serotonin (5-HT) neuronal loss is currently a major cause of concern associated with recreational use of the substituted amphetamine 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; "Ecstasy"). Such loss may be problematic considering that psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety and responses to first line treatments for these disorders are(More)
To further understand the procognitive actions of GSK189254, a histamine H(3) receptor antagonist, we determined its influence on the modulation of hippocampal neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) polysialylation (PSA) state, a necessary neuroplastic mechanism for learning and memory consolidation. A 4-day treatment with GSK189254 significantly increased(More)
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