Emanuela Brizi

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Classic studies have established that muscle cells exert trophic actions on neurons of the developing peripheral nervous system through the production of neurotrophins. For this reason neurotrophins are also known as 'target-derived factors'. During differentiation, muscle cells also express some neurotrophin receptors, such as the low-affinity p75(More)
Neurotrophins are expressed in muscle cells both during development and postnatally. Furthermore, during development muscle cells express high levels of the common p75 neurotrophin receptor, which binds all neurotrophins. Only fragmentary and controversial data are available regarding the responsiveness of muscle cells to neurotrophins and the importance of(More)
The effects of sciatic nerve lesions on the expression of serotonin 5-HT3 receptor (5-HT3R) alpha subunit in motoneurons of the spinal cord was investigated by semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry. Following sciatic nerve crush, a significant reduction in density of staining in motoneurons was observed in longitudinal sections of the ventral horn at 3 and(More)
Prosaposin is the precursor of the saposins and has both neurotrophic and myelinotrophic activity in vitro and in vivo. Using an antibody specific for the holoprotein, an immunocytochemical survey demonstrated intense staining of adult rat skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle cells. Prosaposin immunoreactivity in muscle appears dependent on innervation, as(More)
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