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BACKGROUND Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a 32-kDa stress protein that catalyzes the degradation of heme to biliverdin. HO-1 immunoreactivity is greatly increased in neurons and astrocytes of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of individuals with AD and colocalizes to senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. METHODS We investigated whether systemic HO-1(More)
This study compares the demographic, clinical, and health care characteristics of 2,156 persons over and under age 65 who are participants in the Sonya Slifka Longitudinal Multiple Sclerosis Study and examines the effects of current age, age at diagnosis, course, and duration of illness on disability-related outcomes. Compared to younger MS patients,(More)
Proinflammatory cytokines, pathological iron deposition, and oxidative stress have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). HO-1 mRNA levels and mitochondrial uptake of [(55)Fe]Cl(3)-derived iron were measured in rat astroglial cultures exposed to interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) or(More)
Little is currently known concerning the mechanisms responsible for the excessive deposition of redox-active iron in the substantia nigra of subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD). In the present study, we demonstrate that dopamine promotes the selective sequestration of non-transferrin-derived iron by the mitochondrial compartment of cultured rat astroglia(More)
Much of the excess iron reported in the substantia nigra of subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) implicates nonneuronal (glial) cellular compartments. Yet, the significance of these glial iron deposits vis-a-vis toxicity to indigent nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons remains unclear. Cysteamine (CSH) induces the appearance of iron-rich(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined access to and use of neurologists among a broad, national sample of people with multiple sclerosis (MS); identified demographic, economic, and clinical factors associated with access and use; and examined differences in treatment and management of MS. METHODS We used computer-assisted telephone interviews to collect data from(More)
Mercury exerts a variety of toxic effects on both neurons and glia. Mercury induces aberrations in microtubules, ion channels and mitochondria presumably by binding to sulfhydryl groups. Indirect evidence further suggests that mercury targeted to mitochondria may induce iron-catalyzed oxygen radical production. We have previously shown that the mitochondria(More)
OBJECTIVE An exploratory study of mental health treatment of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to identify hypotheses for future testing. METHODS We mailed surveys to 8750 MS patients in four geographically distributed MS Centers; 3384 completed the survey. We used a modified version of the Experience of Care and Health Outcome Survey™ to assess mental(More)
We have analyzed Ca2+ currents in two neuroblastoma-motor neuron hybrid cell lines that expressed normal or glutamine-expanded human androgen receptors (polyGln-expanded AR) either transiently or stably. The cell lines express a unique, low-threshold, transient type of Ca2+ current that is not affected by L-type Ca2+ channel blocker (PN 200-110), N-type(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to obtain multiple sclerosis (MS) patients' report on their experience receiving mental health care. METHODS We convened focus groups at four MS clinical care centers to identify the aspects of mental health care that were important to people with MS. All patients (n=54) had received mental health care in the past year. Data(More)
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