Anna Forsby

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Uncoupling proteins (UCPs) have been reported to decrease the mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by lowering the mitochondrial inner membrane potential (MMP). We have previously shown that UCP3 expression is positively regulated by insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of UCPs in(More)
The transient receptor potential vanilloid subtype 1 (TRPV1) is a Ca(2+)-permeable channel primarily expressed in dorsal root ganglion neurons. Besides its function in thermogenic nociception and neurogenic inflammation, TRPV1 is involved in cell migration, cytoskeleton re-organisation and in neuronal guidance. To explore the TRPV1 level and activity during(More)
Uncoupling protein 3 (UCP3) is a mitochondrial protein with antioxidant properties and its regulation by factors promoting cell-survival may be important for protection of, for instance, neurons in states of oxidative stress. In the present study, we investigated regulatory pathways for UCP3 expression mediated by the neuroprotective hormone insulin-like(More)
The pain receptor transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) has been reported as one of the key components in the pain pathway. Activation of the receptor causes a Ca2+ influx with secondary effects leading to neurogenic inflammation. Here we report specific activation of TRPV1 by detergent-containing hygiene products measured as intracellular(More)
Toxicity risk assessment for chemical-induced human health hazards relies mainly on data obtained from animal experimentation, human studies and epidemiology. In vitro testing for acute toxicity based on cytotoxicity assays predicts 70-80% of rodent and human toxicity. The nervous system is particularly vulnerable to chemical exposure which may result in(More)
The capsaicin receptor, transient receptor potential, vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1), is a Ca(2+)-permeable ion channel activated by noxious stimuli eliciting pain. Several reports have shown modulation of TRPV1 activity and expression by neuronal growth factors. Here, we study the long-term effects on TRPV1 expression mediated by insulin-like growth factor(More)
In an attempt to improve the in vitro test strategy for the estimation of eye irritation, a neuronal cell model has been developed, with cells expressing vanilloid receptor type 1 (VR1) nociceptors. The currently accepted method for measuring eye irritancy is the ethically and scientifically criticised Draize rabbit eye test, despite the fact that(More)
The understanding of how environmental exposures interact with genetics in central nervous system dysfunction has gained great momentum in the last decade. Seminal findings have been uncovered in both mammalian and non-mammalian model in large result of the extraordinary conservation of both genetic elements and differentiation processes between mammals and(More)
Neurotoxicity and developmental neurotoxicity are important issues of chemical hazard assessment. Since the interpretation of animal data and their extrapolation to man is challenging, and the amount of substances with information gaps exceeds present animal testing capacities, there is a big demand for in vitro tests to provide initial information and to(More)