David L Deitcher

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A novel NMDA receptor-like (NMDAR-L) cDNA was isolated that contained an open reading frame coding for a predicted polypeptide of 1115 amino acids that shares approximately 27% identity with NMDA receptor subunits. In situ hybridization experiments indicated that NMDAR-L mRNA was expressed in the developing rodent CNS. On postnatal day 1 (P1), NMDAR-L mRNA(More)
Multipotent neural cell lines were generated via retrovirus-mediated v-myc transfer into murine cerebellar progenitor cells. When transplanted back into the cerebellum of newborn mice, these cells integrated into the cerebellum in a nontumorigenic, cytoarchitecturally appropriate manner. Cells from the same clonal line differentiated into neurons or glia in(More)
Although teleost fish have higher levels of brain aromatase activity than any other vertebrate group, its function remains speculative, and no study has identified its cellular basis. A previous study determined aromatase activity in a vocal fish, the plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus), and found highest levels in the telencephalon and lower levels in(More)
Two modes of vesicular release of transmitter occur at a synapse: spontaneous release in the absence of a stimulus and evoked release that is triggered by Ca2+ influx. These modes often have been presumed to represent the same exocytotic apparatus functioning at different rates in different Ca2+ concentrations. To investigate the mechanism of transmitter(More)
For seasonally breeding vertebrates, reproductive cycling is often coupled with changes in vocalizations that function in courtship and territoriality. Less is known about changes in auditory sensitivity to those vocalizations. Here, we show that nonreproductive female midshipman fish treated with either testosterone or 17beta-estradiol exhibit an increase(More)
Neuropeptides affect an extremely diverse set of physiological processes. Neuropeptides are often coreleased with neurotransmitters but, unlike neurotransmitters, the neuropeptide target cells may be distant from the site(s) of secretion. Thus, it is often difficult to measure the amount of neuropeptide release in vivo by electrophysiological methods. Here(More)
A novel homeobox gene, SOHo-1, was isolated from embryonic chicken retina. On embryonic day 2 (E2), SOHo-1 is expressed in the retina, posterolateral otic pit, and neural tube anterior to the spinal cord. On E4, SOHo-1 is expressed at high levels in anterior retina and low levels in posterior retina, suggestive of a role in patterning the anterior-posterior(More)
Although it has been postulated that vesicle mobility is increased to enhance release of transmitters and neuropeptides, the mechanism responsible for increasing vesicle motion in nerve terminals and the effect of perturbing this mobilization on synaptic plasticity are unknown. Here, green fluorescent protein-tagged dense-core vesicles (DCVs) are imaged in(More)
Despite the importance of neuropeptide release, which is evoked by long bouts of action potential activity and which regulates behavior, peptidergic vesicle movement has not been examined in living nerve terminals. Previous in vitro studies have found that secretory vesicle motion at many sites of release is constitutive: Ca(2+) does not affect the movement(More)
Proteins associated with synaptic vesicles are likely to control the release of neurotransmitter. Because synaptic transmission is fundamentally similar between vertebrates and invertebrates, vesicle proteins from vertebrates that are important for synaptic transmission should be present in Drosophila as well. This investigation describes Drosophila(More)