Don C Cooper

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Dopaminergic neurons exert a major modulatory effect on the forebrain. Dopamine and adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate-regulated phosphoprotein (32 kilodaltons) (DARPP-32), which is enriched in all neurons that receive a dopaminergic input, is converted in response to dopamine into a potent protein phosphatase inhibitor. Mice generated to contain a targeted(More)
Notch1 regulates neural stem cell (NSC) number during development, but its role in adult neurogenesis is unclear. We generated nestin-CreER(T2)/R26R-YFP/Notch1(loxP/loxP) [Notch1inducible knock-out (iKO)] mice to allow tamoxifen (TAM)-inducible elimination of Notch1 and concomitant expression of yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) in nestin-expressing Type-1(More)
The brain mesoaccumbens dopamine system is intricately involved in the psychomotor stimulant activities of cocaine. However, the extent to which different dopamine receptors mediate these effects has not yet been firmly established. The present study used dopamine D1 receptor mutant mice produced by gene targeting to investigate the role of this receptor in(More)
Here, we characterized behavioral abnormalities induced by prolonged social isolation in adult rodents. Social isolation induced both anxiety- and anhedonia-like symptoms and decreased cAMP response element–binding protein (CREB) activity in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAcSh). All of these abnormalities were reversed by chronic, but not acute,(More)
Dopamine (DA) autoreceptors expressed along the somatodendritic extent of midbrain DA neurons modulate impulse activity, whereas those expressed at DA nerve terminals regulate both DA synthesis and release. Considerable evidence has indicated that these DA autoreceptors are of the D2 subtype of DA receptors. However, many pharmacological studies have(More)
Previous studies using a variety of drugs with different affinities for the dopamine (DA) D3 receptor suggested that this receptor is involved in regulating motor activity and hypothermia. However, the in vivo selectivity of many of these compounds has been repeatedly questioned. To examine the precise roles of the DA D3 receptor in motor activity and(More)
The majority of adult nucleus accumbens medium spiny neurons exhibit a bistable membrane potential that fluctuates between a relatively hyperpolarized (Down) state (average=-76 mV) and a less hyperpolarized (Up) state (average=-60 mV) near firing threshold. During in vivo extracellular recordings from nucleus accumbens neurons, we used microiontophoresis to(More)
A number of cases of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo-HCT) patients presenting with donor-derived neoplasms (DDN) has been reported. Even if the morphological findings were identical, host-derived therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MN) and DDN are distinct diseases, with potentially different treatments. However, the current World(More)
The brain dopamine system is thought to be the major target for the neuropharmacological actions of psychomotor stimulants such as cocaine. To investigate the mechanisms of cocaine action, we used a genetic approach, the gene-targeting technique, and generated D1 dopamine receptor mutant mice. Locomotor activity analysis in response to cocaine indicates(More)
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