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In the present study, we investigated whether cultured astrocytes derived from adult neural precursor cells (NPCs) obtained from the subventricular zone (SVZ) of wobbler mice display metabolic traits of the wobbler astrocytes in situ and in primary culture. We also utilized NPC-derived astrocytes as a tool to investigate the involvement of astrocytes in the(More)
Synapsins are synaptic vesicle (SV)-associated proteins that regulate synaptic transmission and neuronal differentiation. At early stages, Syn I and II phosphorylation at Ser9 by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase I/IV modulates axon elongation and SV-precursor dynamics. We evaluated the requirement of Syn I(More)
The pathogenic factors leading to selective degeneration of motoneurons in ALS are not yet understood. However, altered functionality of voltage-dependent Na(+) channels may play a role since cortical hyperexcitability was described in ALS patients and riluzole, the only drug approved to treat ALS, seems to decrease glutamate release via blockade or(More)
Profound alteration of the oxygen consumption rate (QO2) is present in the cervical spinal cord (CS) of the wobbler mice aged 12 weeks (wr12). Early symptomatic mice at 4 weeks (wr4) show less pronounced changes with decreases of basal QO2 (P < 0.03) and of QO2 through complex I (P < 0.04). Mitochondrial respiratory enzyme activities, measured(More)
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