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Significant differences have been reported in results from three clinical trials evaluating intraputamenal infusion of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. To determine if problems in drug bioavailability could have contributed to the discrepancies between studies, we have analyzed the distribution of(More)
The ability of the rodent brain to support plasticity-related phenomena declines with increasing age. A decreased coordination of genes implicated in brain plasticity may be one factor contributing to this decline. Synaptic rearrangement that occurs after seizure activity is regarded as a model of brain plasticity. In a rat model of seizure-related brain(More)
The molecular mechanisms associated with age-related alterations in the pharmacological and physiological properties of hippocampal and cortical neurons in response to chemically induced seizure are largely unknown. Administration of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) (50 mg/kg body weight) to rats of various ages evoked tonic-colonic seizures. Using RNA gel blot(More)
Using Northern blot, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry, and in situ hybridization, we show that a single administration of the convulsant pentylenetetrazole leads to robust, long-term changes in microtubule-associated protein 1B and its mRNA, in the adult rat brain. The first increases in MAP1B mRNA were detected at 15 hr following pentylenetetrazole(More)
Stimuli that evoke seizure are capable of inducing structural changes in the hippocampus. However, late-acting genes related to these changes have not been described. Administration of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ; 50 mg/kg) to rats of various ages evoked tonic-clonic seizures. Using RNA gel blot analysis we found that the level of the mRNA for(More)
A single administration of the convulsant pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) initiates a complex pattern of long-term changes in microtubule-associated protein 1B (MAP1B) expression across the hippocampal formation. Using Northern blot and in situ hybridization we show that the first increases in MAP1B mRNA were detected at 15 h following PTZ administration in the(More)
The levels and cellular localization of mRNA for complement C1q and C3 were examined by RNA gel blot and nonradioactive in situ hybridization in the frontal cortex of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and age-matched controls. We found that the hybridization signal for C1q mRNA was markedly increased (approx. 3.5-fold) in the frontal cortex of AD(More)
The aim of the present study was to assess the age-dependent response of microtubule-associated protein 1B, a plasticity-associated protein deriving from a late gene, following administration of an epileptogenic stimulus. The effect of a single administration of the convulsant pentylenetetrazole on microtubule-associated protein 1B expression in the(More)
The ability of the rodent brain to support plasticity-related phenomena declines with increasing age. Here we investigated the extent to which old rats retain the capacity to initiate transcription for immediate early genes, particularly as it relates to brain plasticity, in response to a strong stimulus. The intraperitoneal administration of(More)
BACKGROUND The role of the orexigenic hormone ghrelin is of major interest in the altered appetite regulation of the elderly. METHODS Basal and postprandial levels of active and total ghrelin were measured in 15 younger (mean age 35.4 years) and 19 older (80.7 years) participants following a carbohydrate-rich test meal. RESULTS Our results showed that(More)