Ashley E. Gonzalez

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Mitochondrial movements are tightly controlled to maintain energy homeostasis and prevent oxidative stress. Miro is an outer mitochondrial membrane protein that anchors mitochondria to microtubule motors and is removed to stop mitochondrial motility as an early step in the clearance of dysfunctional mitochondria. Here, using human induced pluripotent stem(More)
Dopamine (DA) receptor inactivation produces opposing behavioral effects across ontogeny. For example, inactivating DA receptors in the dorsal striatum attenuates DA agonist-induced behaviors of adult rats, while potentiating the locomotor activity of preweanling rats. The purpose of this study was to determine if DA receptor inactivation potentiates the DA(More)
The neural mechanisms mediating the ontogeny of behavioral sensitization are poorly understood. The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of the D1 receptor for the induction of dopamine agonist-induced behavioral sensitization during the preweanling period. In the first experiment, the early ontogeny of R-propylnorapomorphine (NPA)-induced(More)
There is suggestive evidence that the neural mechanisms mediating one-trial and multi-trial behavioral sensitization differ, especially when the effects of various classes of dopamine (DA) agonists are examined. The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of the D2 receptor for the induction of one-trial and multi-trial methamphetamine(More)
Inactivating dopamine (DA) receptors in the caudate-putamen (CPu) attenuates basal and DA agonist-induced behaviors of adult rats while paradoxically increasing the locomotor activity of preweanling rats. The purpose of this study was to determine (a) whether D1 or D2 receptor inactivation is responsible for the elevated locomotion shown by preweanling rats(More)
The behavioral manifestations of psychostimulant-induced sensitization vary markedly between young and adult rats, suggesting that the neural mechanisms mediating this phenomenon differ across ontogeny. In this project we examined the importance of D1 and D2 receptors for the induction and expression of cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization during the(More)
gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) potently inhibits stereotyped behavior induced by indirect (amphetamine and methylphenidate) and direct (apomorphine) dopamine agonists. Amphetamine induces a dose-response partial reversal of the GBL effect. The GABA antagonist, bicuculline, only partially reverses the GBL inhibition of apomorphine activity, indicating that GBL(More)
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