Amy Jo Koser

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We tested the hypothesis that movement abnormalities induced by chronic manganese (Mn) exposure are mediated by dysfunction of the nigrostriatal dopamine system in the non-human primate striatum. Motor function and general activity of animals was monitored in parallel with chronic exposure to Mn and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies of in vivo(More)
Acute exposure to manganese is associated with complex behavioral/psychiatric signs that may include Parkinsonian motor features. However, little is known about the behavioral consequences of chronic manganese exposures. In this study, cynomolgus macaque monkeys were exposed to manganese sulfate (10-15 mg/kg/week) over an exposure period lasting 272+/-17(More)
Positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGluR4) have been proposed as a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, evaluation of this proposal has been limited by the availability of appropriate pharmacological tools to interrogate the target. In this study, we describe the properties of(More)
Phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) has garnered attention as a potential therapeutic target for schizophrenia due to its prominent striatal expression and ability to modulate striatal signaling. The present study used the selective PDE10A inhibitor MP-10 and the dopamine D2 antagonist haloperidol to compare effects of PDE10A inhibition and dopamine D2 blockade(More)
The voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7 is a genetically validated target for the treatment of pain with gain-of-function mutations in man eliciting a variety of painful disorders and loss-of-function mutations affording insensitivity to pain. Unfortunately, drugs thought to garner efficacy via Nav1 inhibition have undesirable side effect profiles due to(More)
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