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Translational biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease based on non-invasive in vivo methods are highly warranted. (1)H magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is non-invasive and applicable in vivo in both humans and experimental animals. In vivo(1)H MRS and 3D MRI were performed on brains of double transgenic (tg) mice expressing a double mutant human beta-amyloid(More)
Platelet serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) uptake sites were studied in a control group (n = 30) and an Alzheimer group (n = 40) using [3H]paroxetine as radioligand. The maximum number of binding sites (Bmax) for control (1250 +/- 60 fmol/mg protein) was not different from the Alzheimer group (1280 +/- 40 fmol/mg protein). There were no differences in(More)
The effect of age on serotonin uptake sites labeled with [3H]paroxetine was studied in two sets of brains. The first set included 28 subjects (19 males and 9 females) between the ages 0 and 100 years. The cortex of cingulate gyrus and the amygdala were studied. No age-related changes in binding capacity (Bmax) or binding affinity (Kd) were noted. In the(More)
Neuropil deposition of beta-amyloid (Aβ) peptides is believed to be a key event in the neurodegenerative process of Alzheimer's disease (AD). An early and consistent clinical finding in AD is olfactory dysfunction with associated pathology. Interestingly, transgenic amyloid precursor protein (Tg2576) mice also show early amyloid pathology in olfactory(More)
Previous data on dissociation studies of [3H]-imipramine and [3H]-paroxetine binding to the human platelet 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin) transporter have suggested that the binding is heterogeneous in nature and/or is subject to allosteric modifications through a separate low affinity site. The platelet 5-HT transporter is often used as a biological(More)
We examined whether systemic cytokine signaling via interleukin (IL)-17 and growth-related oncogene-α (GRO-α) is impaired in smokers with obstructive pulmonary disease including chronic bronchitis (OPD-CB). We also examined how this systemic cytokine signaling relates to bacterial colonization in the airways of the smokers with OPD-CB. Currently smoking(More)
The 5-HT uptake sites were studied with [(3)H ] paroxetine as radioligand in frontal cortex, cingulate cortex and hypothalamus from a control group (n=22) and a group of suicide victims (n = 19). The binding was also analysed with regard to the method of suicide (violent or non-violent) and history of depressive symptoms. The apparent dissociation constant(More)
BACKGROUND It is still unclear whether signs of neutrophil mobilization in the blood of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease represent true systemic events and how these relate to bacterial colonization in the airways. In this study, we evaluated these issues during clinically stable periods and during exacerbations in smokers with(More)
Drug inhibition against [3H]paroxetine binding to rat cortex and human putamen was investigated in saturation experiments. The addition of 5-HT, imipramine, citalopram and clomipramine all produced changes in apparent binding affinity (Kd) without changes in the number of binding sites (Bmax). These data suggest that there is no heterogeneity of specific(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term exposure to tobacco smoke causes local inflammation in the airways that involves not only innate immune cells, including NK cells, but also adaptive immune cells such as cytotoxic (CD8+) and helper (CD4+) T-cells. We have previously demonstrated that long-term tobacco smoking increases extracellular concentration of the CD4+-recruiting(More)