Beverly M Francis

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Downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the cortex occurs early in the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Since BDNF plays a critical role in neuronal survival, synaptic plasticity, and memory, BDNF reduction may contribute to synaptic and cellular loss and memory deficits characteristic of AD. In vitro evidence suggests that(More)
The TgCRND8 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease exhibits progressive cortical and hippocampal β-amyloid accumulation, resulting in plaque pathology and spatial memory impairment by 3 months of age. We tested whether TgCRND8 cognitive function is disrupted prior to the appearance of macroscopic plaques in an object recognition task. We found profound deficits(More)
Noradrenergic cell loss is well documented in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We have measured the tissue levels of catecholamines in an amyloid precursor protein-transgenic 'TgCRND8' mouse model of AD and found reductions in noradrenaline (NA) within hippocampus, temporoparietal and frontal cortices, and cerebellum. An age-related increase in cortical NA levels(More)
The relationship among inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), inhibition of neuropathy target enzyme (NTE), and developmental toxicity of the organophosphorus ester desbromoleptophos (DBL) was evaluated in chicks exposed on day 3 or day 15 of incubation or 10 days posthatching. DBL induced prolonged inhibition of AChE and NTE when administered either(More)
The impacts of adverse environments during the prenatal and/or early postnatal periods may be manifested as functional deficits that occur later in life. Epidemiological studies have shown an association of sub-optimal pregnancy outcomes in one generation with similar events in the following one, a phenomenon termed the "intergenerational effect". Data(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure (HF) is a progressive disorder characterized by reduced cardiac output and increased peripheral resistance, ultimately leading to tissue perfusion deficits and devastating consequences for several organs including the brain. We previously described a tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-dependent enhancement of posterior cerebral artery(More)
The phenylphosphonothioate insecticides EPN and leptophos, and several analogs, were evaluated with respect to their delayed neurotoxic effects in hens and their environmental behavior in a terrestrial-aquatic model ecosystem. Acute toxicity to insects was highly correlated with sigma sigma of the substituted phenyl group (regression coefficient r = -0.91)(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated that gait is affected in chicks exposed to organophosphorus esters (OPs) that induce delayed neurotoxicity (OPIDN) in adult hens. To investigate the developmental relationship between such functional deficits and OPIDN, chicks were exposed to 3 OPs with different OPIDN potential. Desbromoleptophos (DBL) induces OPIDN in(More)
The effects of multiple doses of desbromoleptophos, fenitrothion, and pure fenthion on brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE), brain neurotoxic esterase (NTE), and walking were investigated in immature chicks, below the age of sensitivity to organophosphorus ester-induced delayed neurotoxicity (OPIDN). Ten milligrams per kilogram per day of delayed neurotoxicant(More)
The insecticides mirex and chlordecone and the mirex photodegradation product, photomirex, were evaluated in a terrestrial aquatic laboratory model ecosystem. Although chlordecone was to some extent degraded during the 33 days, neither mirex nor photomirex produced identifiable levels of decomposition products in the water or in any of the organisms of the(More)