Brenda Allwardt

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The presence of polyribosomes in dendritic spines suggests a potential involvement of local protein synthesis in the modification of synapses. Dendritic spine and synapse ultrastructure were compared after low-frequency control or tetanic stimulation in hippocampal slices from postnatal day (P)15 rats. The percentage of spines containing polyribosomes(More)
Synapse splitting is considered a viable mechanism for increasing synaptic coupling between neurons1–5. We investigated this issue by reconstructing dendrites, axons and synapses from hippocampus during long-term potentiation (LTP) and maturation. Long, mature axons passed between neighboring dendritic spine synapses, precluding their formation by(More)
We describe the effects of a recessive mutation on visual behavior, the electroretinogram (ERG), and photoreceptor structure in zebrafish. At 6 d post-fertilization (dpf), no optokinetic reflex could be elicited in no optokinetic response c (nrc) mutant animals under any test condition. The animals exhibited ERG responses at 5-7 dpf that were markedly(More)
The oligodendrocyte-myelin glycoprotein (OMgp) is a 110-kDa glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked protein that was initially identified as a myelin-specific protein but whose precise function remains unknown. In this study, immunohistochemistry, western blots, in situ hybridization, and northern blots were used to determine the distribution of OMgp in the(More)
Light and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the ultrastructural features of the pineal glands of wild-type and two mutant zebrafish strains that have retinal defects. Particular attention was given to the pineal photoreceptors. Photoreceptors in the pineal gland appear quite similar to retinal cone photoreceptors, having many of the(More)
The oligodendrocyte-myelin glycoprotein (OMgp), a phosphatidylinositol-linked membrane glycoprotein expressed in the brain, is in man encoded by a gene that is entirely within an intron of and on the strand opposite to the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene. We obtained two distinct overlapping DNA clones from a mouse genomic library that contain the OMgp(More)
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