Babs Van de Plas

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Although the Morris water maze (MWM) is the most frequently used protocol to examine hippocampus-dependent learning in mice, not much is known about the spatio-temporal dynamics of underlying plasticity processes. Here, we studied molecular and cellular hippocampal plasticity mechanisms during early and late phases of spatial learning in the MWM.(More)
2D-DIGE experiments are a high-throughput technique for measuring protein abundances based on gel separation. Traditionally three samples are multiplexed per gel: two biological test samples and a third internal standard sample consisting of a pool of all test samples. We demonstrate that the use of an internal standard helps to account for technical(More)
The functional properties and anatomical organization of the mammalian visual cortex are immature at birth and develop gradually during the first postnatal weeks. There is a 'critical period' where the cortex is plastic and susceptible to changes in visual input. Knowledge of proteins with a high expression during this period has great importance for the(More)
We explored differential protein expression profiles in the mouse forebrain at different stages of postnatal development, including 10-day (P10), 30-day (P30), and adult (Ad) mice, by large-scale screening of proteome maps using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. Mass spectrometry analysis resulted in the identification of 251 differentially(More)
Mild hypothermia is a promising neuroprotective therapy in stroke management. However, little is known about its effects on the global protein expression patterns in brain regions affected by ischemic stroke. We investigated protein expression changes associated with the neuroprotective effects of hypothermia via a functional proteomics approach through the(More)
To screen for new region-specific protein markers we compared the proteome maps of the primary visual and somatosensory areas V1 and S1 in mouse brain using 2-D difference gel electrophoresis (2-D DIGE). Twenty-three protein spots showed a statistically significant difference in expression level between V1 and S1, with 52% appearing more abundantly in V1.(More)
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