Charles W. N. Thompson

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Cortical spreading depression (CSD) induces waves of neuronal depolarization that confer neuroprotection to subsequent ischemic events in the rat brain. To gain insights into the molecular mechanisms elicited by CSD, we used representational difference analysis (RDA) to identify mRNAs induced by potassium depolarization in vivo. Using this approach, we have(More)
Bronchial smooth muscle cell (BSMC) hyperplasia is a typical feature of airway remodeling and contributes to airway obstruction and hyperresponsiveness in asthma. Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) and transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1) are sequentially upregulated in asthmatic airways after allergic challenge. Whereas FGF-2 induces BSMC(More)
Cell growth and terminal differentiation are controlled by complex signaling cascades that regulate the expression of specific subsets of genes controlling cell fate and morphogenic processes. We have recently cloned and characterized a novel Ste20-like kinase termed SLK (Sabourin et al., Mol. Cel. Biol. 20 (2000) 684). However, the specific function of SLK(More)
Mice that lack tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) receptors are more susceptible than wild-type animals to brain injury produced by kainic acid or transient focal ischemia suggesting that the rapid production of TNF that occurs after these insults serves a neuroprotective role. The mechanisms by which TNF reduces neuronal loss after brain injury may involve(More)
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