Carolyn Fiskerstrand

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The dopamine (DAT) and serotonin (SERT) transporter genes both contain variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) in non-coding gene regions which have been correlated with a predisposition to a variety of CNS disorders. There is considerable homology between individual DAT and SERT repeat DNA sequences, which is reflected in their ability to compete with(More)
We have demonstrated that a variable number tandem repeat domain (VNTR) within intron 2 of the serotonin transporter gene is a transcriptional regulatory domain which is potentially correlated with a predisposition to affective disorders and other behavioural conditions. This correlation based on copy number of the VNTR alone (nine, 10 or 12 copies of 16/17(More)
The expression of neuropeptides is largely tissue-specific and under strictly regulated and complex control. In view of the diversity of neuronal phenotypes, with concomitant plasticity of gene expression within any phenotype, it is obvious that there is coordinated activation and repression of genes. One of the central observations from these studies is(More)
We have recently developed cell line models that express the endogenous rat preprotachykinin-A (rPPT) gene and support reporter gene expression directed by the rPPT promoter. These are the neuronal derived cell line NF2C and the pancreatic cell lines RINm5F and a derivative RIN-1027-B2. Reporter gene activity in these cell lines is similar to that observed(More)
Towards an understanding of the mechanisms controlling Preprotachykinin A (PPT) expression we have generated a variety of molecular models to determine the mechanisms regulating both the tissue-specific and stimulus-inducible expression of the PPT gene. The approaches used include transgenic and virus vector models complementing biochemical analysis of(More)
Previous attempts by several groups to clone fragments containing intron 2 of the rat preprotachykinin-A gene have generated deletions of various sizes. We have determined that these deletions occur within a specific region of the intron spanning a CCCT tandem repeat domain. We show that this intronic domain is able to support reporter gene expression in(More)
In this report we demonstrate that the herpes simplex virus type 1 reiteration element 1 (RE1) (nt: 117158-117353) in concert with its flanking sequences is both a cell specific and stimulus inducible regulatory domain. This region of the virus genome and specifically the RE1 supports differential reporter gene expression in both baby hamster kidney cells(More)
A rat Preprotachykinin-A promoter fragment has been previously identified which supports reporter gene activity in primary cultures of adult dorsal root ganglion neurons. That study demonstrated that two promoter domains which exhibit enhancer activity in these neurons are bound by the same classes of transcription factors. Further, the two domains exhibit(More)
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