Cecilia I. Ljubetic

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Spinal cord injury in adult mammals causes atrophy or death of some axotomized neurons. The product of the antiapoptotic gene Bcl-2 prevents neuron death in vivo. We delivered Bcl-2 by intraspinal injection of a DNA plasmid encoding this gene to determine if axotomized neurons destined to undergo retrograde death could be rescued. Axons of the right side(More)
Osteopontin is expressed in many different cell types and has been proposed to play several functions. Distinct forms of the protein have been detected. Various tissues and cell lines from mouse, however, exhibit two classes of transcripts with different 5'-untranslated ends but with an identical coding region (exons II through VII). These transcripts do(More)
The Golli-mbp gene complex contains two overlapping transcription units with two distinct promoters, of which the downstream (myelin basic protein [mbp]) promoter is more frequently used. A previous comparison of the downstream promoter sequences from shark and mouse allowed the identification of two DNA sequences called the boxes I and II and the wobble(More)
The box 1 and 2 motif of the myelin basic protein (MBP) promoter is a potential regulatory sequence of the MBP transcription unit. A DNA fragment that contained the sequence of the box 1 and 2 motif from mouse was synthesized, and its protein binding properties were examined by gel-shift assays. The box 1 and 2 probe and nuclear extracts from mouse brain(More)
Spinal cord injury in adult mammals causes atrophy or loss of axotomized neurons. We have previously found that the product of the antiapoptotic gene Bcl-2, delivered by intraspinal injection of a DNA plasmid, reduces atrophy and loss of axotomized Clarke's nucleus neurons in adult rats. Here we studied whether the same treatment protects axotomized red(More)
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