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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been shown to play significant roles in a number of physiological as well as pathological processes. Best known to proteolyse components of the extracellular matrix, MMPs have recently been discovered to also target a growing list of proteins apart from these, both inside and outside the cell. MMPs have also been(More)
We previously reported a 50% reduction in cortical infarct volume following transient focal cerebral ischemia in rats preconditioned 3 days earlier with cortical spreading depression (CSD). The mechanism of the protective effect of prior CSD remains unknown. Recent studies demonstrate reversal of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) to be a principal(More)
Cortical spreading depression (CSD) has been shown to have neuroprotective effects when administered in advance of cerebral ischemia. The mechanism by which CSD induces its neuroprotective effect however remains to be elucidated. Since MAP kinases have been shown to impart neuroprotection in ischemic preconditioning paradigms, we attempted to determine the(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) may play roles at intracellular and extracellular sites of the heart in ischaemia/reperfusion injury. Caveolins (Cav-1, -2 and -3) are lipid raft proteins which play roles in cell sig-nalling. This study examined, using immunohistochemistry and two photon confocal microscopy, if MMP-2 and caveolins co-localize at the(More)
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