Charles Dempsey

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BACKGROUND Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) regulates dopamine (DA) bioavailability. Its product, L-DOPA, is an established treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), suggesting that TH regulation influences locomotion. Site-specific phosphorylation of TH at ser31 and ser40 regulates activity. No direct evidence shows that ser40 phosphorylation is the dominating(More)
TGN38 and TGN41 are isoforms of an integral membrane protein (TGN38/41) which is predominantly located in the trans-Golgi network of mammalian cells, but which constitutively recycles between the TGN and the plasma membrane. The cytoplasmic domain tetrapeptide sequence "YQRL" is responsible for the internalization of TGN38/41 from the plasma membrane. This(More)
Dopamine is a vigorously studied neurotransmitter in the CNS. Indeed, its involvement in locomotor activity and reward-related behaviour has fostered five decades of inquiry into the molecular deficiencies associated with dopamine regulation. The majority of these inquiries of dopamine regulation in the brain focus upon the molecular basis for its(More)
Activation of the inflammasome is implicated in the pathogenesis of an increasing number of inflammatory diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Research reporting inflammatory changes in post mortem brain tissue of individuals with AD and GWAS data have convincingly demonstrated that neuroinflammation is likely to be a key driver of the disease.(More)
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