Francisco R. López-Picón

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Excessive activation of excitatory amino acid receptors has been implicated in neuronal death in a number of central nervous system insults. We have here investigated, the time course and mechanisms of kainate (KA)- induced neuronal death in immature organotypic hippocampal slice cultures (OHCs) using Fluoro-Jade B (FJB) staining as a marker of cell death,(More)
UNLABELLED Follow-up of β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer disease (AD) would be a valuable translational tool in the preclinical evaluation of potential antiamyloid therapies. This study aimed to evaluate the ability of the clinically used PET tracer (11)C-Pittsburgh compound B ((11)C-PIB) to detect changes over time in Aβ(More)
Status epilepticus (SE) is proposed to lead to an age-dependent acute activation of a repertoire of inflammatory processes, which may contribute to neuronal damage in the hippocampus. The extent and temporal profiles of activation of these processes are well known in the adult brain, but less so in the developing brain. We have now further elucidated to(More)
The effects of a prolonged seizure, i.e. status epilepticus (SE), on neurogenesis of dentate granule cells (DGCs) in the immature dentate gyrus (DG) and possible changes in the phenotypes of the newborn neurons have remained incompletely characterized. We have now studied neurogenesis of DGCs in 9-day-old (postnatal, P9) rats 1 week after kainate(More)
Neurofilament (NF) proteins are expressed in the majority of neurons in the central nervous system, and play a crucial role in the organization of neuronal shape and function. In the present study, we have used immunoblotting and immunocytochemical methods to study the light (NF-L), medium (NF-M ), and heavy (NF-H) molecular weight NF proteins in cultured(More)
Neurofilament (NF) proteins, the major constituent of intermediate filaments in neurons, have an important role in cellular stability and plasticity. We have now studied the short-term (hours) and long-term (up to 1 week) effects of kainic acid (KA)-induced status epilepticus (SE) on the reactivity of NF proteins, and mossy fiber (MF) sprouting and neuronal(More)
PURPOSE Epileptic seizures lead to age-dependent neuronal damage in the developing brain, particularly in the hippocampus, but the mechanisms involved have remained poorly elucidated. In this study, we investigated the contribution of apoptosis and inflammatory processes to neuronal damage after status epilepticus (SE) in postnatal rats. METHODS SE was(More)
The cytoskeleton controls the architecture and survival of the central nervous system neurons by maintaining the stability of axons, dendrites and cellular architecture, and any disturbance in this genuine structure could compromise cell survival. The developmentally regulated intracellular intermediate filament protein neurofilament (NF), composed of the(More)
Molecular mechanisms involved in epileptogenesis in the developing brain remain poorly understood. The gene array approach could reveal some of the factors involved by allowing the identification of a broad scale of genes altered by seizures. In this study we used microarray analysis to reveal the gene expression profile of the laser microdissected(More)
Recently, the role of monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) as the principal regulator of simultaneous prostaglandin synthesis and endocannabinoid receptor activation in the CNS was demonstrated. To expand upon previously published research in the field, we observed the effect of the MAGL inhibitor JZL184 during the early-stage proinflammatory response and(More)