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Mating in Chlamydomonas is a complex process initiated by contact of gametic flagellar surfaces, resulting in transmission of a signal from the flagella to the cell bodies. This signal triggers later events of cell wall loss, mating structure activation, and cell-cell fusion. Little is known about the nature of the signal or the role of Ca in these events.(More)
Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) do not normally regenerate injured axons, but die upon axotomy. Although IL-6-like cytokines are reportedly neuroprotective and promote optic nerve regeneration, their overall regenerative effects remain rather moderate. Here, we hypothesized that direct activation of the gp130 receptor by the designer cytokine hyper-IL-6(More)
Expanding on a quinazoline scaffold, we developed tricyclic compounds with biological activity. These compounds bind to the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) and protect U118MG (glioblastoma cell line of glial origin) cells from glutamate-induced cell death. Fascinating, they can induce neuronal differentiation of PC12 cells (cell line of pheochromocytoma(More)
Delivery and expression of recombinant genes, a key methodology for many applications in biological research, remains a challenge especially for mature neurons. Here, we report easy, highly efficient and well tolerated transduction of adult peripheral and central neuronal populations of diverse species in culture using VSV-G pseudo-typed, recombinant(More)
Muscle LIM protein (MLP) is a member of the cysteine rich protein family and has so far been regarded as a muscle-specific protein that is mainly involved in myogenesis and the organization of cytoskeletal structure in myocytes, respectively. The current study demonstrates for the first time that MLP expression is not restricted to muscle tissue, but is(More)
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