Aritra Bhattacherjee

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Myocardial infarction induces sympathetic axon sprouting adjacent to the necrotic region, and this has been implicated in the etiology of arrhythmias resulting in sudden cardiac death. Previous studies show that nerve growth factor (NGF) is essential for enhanced post-infarct sympathetic sprouting, but the cell types necessary to supply this neurotrophic(More)
β-Adrenoceptor antagonists are used widely to reduce cardiovascular sympathetic tone, but withdrawal is accompanied by sympathetic hyperactivity. Receptor supersensitivity accounts for some but not all aspects of this withdrawal syndrome. Therefore, we investigated effects of β-blockers on sympathetic innervation. Rats received infusions of adrenergic(More)
The circadian timing system includes the major circadian pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus and less well characterized circadian pacemakers in the brain and peripheral tissues throughout the body. The coupling between these discrete circadian clocks is not well understood, although individual neurons of the SCN are(More)
Peripheral axons are structurally plastic even in the adult, and altered axon density is implicated in many disorders and pain syndromes. However, mechanisms responsible for peripheral axon remodeling are poorly understood. Physiological plasticity is characteristic of the female reproductive tract: vaginal sensory innervation density is low under high(More)
Sensory axon integrity and regenerative capacity are important considerations in understanding neuropathological conditions characterized by hyper- or insensitivity. However, our knowledge of mechanisms regulating axon outgrowth are limited by an absence of suitable high-throughput assay systems. The 50B11 cell line generated from rat embryonic dorsal root(More)
Vestibulodynia is a form of provoked vulvodynia characterized by profound tenderness, hyperinnervation, and frequently inflammation within well-defined areas of the human vestibule. Previous experiments in animal models show that inflammatory hypersensitivity and hyperinnervation occur in concert with establishment of a local renin-angiotensin system (RAS).(More)
Children with Rett syndrome show abnormal cutaneous sensitivity. The precise nature of sensory abnormalities and underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. Rats with methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) mutation, characteristic of Rett syndrome, show hypersensitivity to pressure and cold, but hyposensitivity to heat. They also show cutaneous(More)
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