Ciaran J Faherty

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Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) affects 2% of adults over 50 years of age. PD patients demonstrate a progressive loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). One model that recapitulates the pathology of PD is the administration of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP). Here we show that exposure to an enriched(More)
Exposure to an enriched environment (EE), consisting of a combination of increased exercise, social interactions and learning, has been shown to produce many positive effects in the CNS. In this study, we use a Golgi-Cox analysis to examine and dissect the role of various components of the enriched environment on two measures of neuronal growth: total cell(More)
In this study, we examined the levels of activated caspase-3 in the kainic acid (KA) model of hippocampal degeneration in both sensitive (FVB/N) and resistant (129/SvEMS) strains of mice. At 30 h, 2 and 4 days following KA administration, animals were sacrificed and brains examined for pyknosis, TUNEL labeling, and activated caspase-3 immunoreactivity.(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease whose hallmark pathological features include a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain. Recent studies have described the activation of a stress-induced signal cascade, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)-mediated activation of c-Jun, and an increase in the expression of a downstream effector,(More)
Cocaine abuse is a significant problem in the United States, including its use by approximately 1% of pregnant women. Cocaine acts as an indirect agonist of dopamine at the dopamine transporter, resulting in the presence of excess dopamine in the synapse. Since synaptic dopamine can rapidly oxidize to form free radicals, it was hypothesized that exposure to(More)
In utero exposure to cocaine has been shown to affect dopaminergic populations of developing neurons in the central nervous system (CNS). To determine if this was a regionally specific effect or the result of a global phenomenon, we used a Golgi-Cox analysis to measure several parameters of neuronal development in murine neurons from frontal cortex, a(More)
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