Claire Nicole Jeanne Meunier

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An antiserum raised against tryptophan tetrahydropterine oxygen oxidoreductase was used to examine in rat brain the immunohistochemical localization of this rate-limiting enzyme catalysing the biosynthesis of serotonin. Tryptophan tetrahydropterine oxygen oxidoreductase was detected in numerous nerve cell bodies, proximal dendrites and axon varicosities or(More)
Several psychiatric disorders involving the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are associated with a dysfunction of 5-HT(1A) receptors (5-HT(1A)R). These receptors, located on interneurons and pyramidal neurons, may influence neuronal excitability through a regulation of the balance between excitation (E) and inhibition (I). Patch-clamp recordings in mouse cortical(More)
Major depression and schizophrenia are associated with dysfunctions of serotoninergic and dopaminergic systems mainly in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Both serotonin and dopamine are known to modulate synaptic plasticity. 5-HT1A receptors (5-HT1ARs) and dopaminergic type D1 receptors are highly represented on dendritic spines of layer 5 pyramidal neurons(More)
The formalin test was evaluated to assess the analgesic activity of diflunisal in the rat. Fifty microliters of a 5% formalin solution was injected into the hindpaw of rats and two distinct nociceptive behaviors, i.e. flinching/shaking and licking/biting of the injected paw, were recorded over 120 min. The effect of factors such as age of the animal, time(More)
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play a central role in synaptic plasticity. Their activation requires the binding of both glutamate and d-serine or glycine as co-agonist. The prevalence of either co-agonist on NMDA-receptor function differs between brain regions and remains undetermined in the visual cortex (VC) at the critical period of postnatal(More)
Psychiatric disorders are associated with excitation-inhibition (E-I) balance impairment in the prefrontal cortex. However, how the E-I balance is regulated is poorly known. The E-I balance of neuronal networks is linked to the action of numerous neuromodulators such as dopamine and 5-HT. We investigated the role of D2-receptors in tuning the E-I balance in(More)
RATIONALE Decision-making is an essential component of our everyday life commonly disabled in a myriad of psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar and impulsive control disorders, addiction and pathological gambling, or schizophrenia. A large cerebral network encompassing the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala, and the nucleus accumbens is activated for(More)
BACKGROUND Fox Trial Finder is an online registry for individuals with and without Parkinson disease (PD) interested in participating in PD research. However, distance or disability could prevent such individuals from participating in traditional, clinic-based research at major centers. OBJECTIVE Use videoconferencing to connect participants to(More)
Catatonia is a common but under-diagnosed neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by the occurrence in a single patient of concomitant affective, motor and behavioral symptoms with a hazardous outcome (called lethal catatonia: LC). Deaths by thromboembolic disease have been previously reported in LC. A 2-year prospective study was carried out to examine(More)
The distribution of benzodiazepine binding sites was analysed in the cingulate cortex of the rat brain by quantitative radioautography of brain sections incubated with a full agonist benzodiazepine ligand, 3H-flunitrazepam (3H-FLU), or with a partial agonist with non benzodiazepine structure, (7-3H)-4hydroxy-N(4,5-dihydroxy-2-thiazolyl)-6(More)
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