Gabriella Sekerková

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Unipolar brush cells (UBC) are small, glutamatergic neurons residing in the granular layer of the cerebellar cortex and the granule cell domain of the cochlear nuclear complex. Recent studies indicate that this neuronal class consists of three or more subsets characterized by distinct chemical phenotypes, as well as by intrinsic properties that may shape(More)
Glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) is the biosynthetic enzyme for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS) of vertebrates. In addition to the adult CNS, GABA and GAD also have been detected in embryos, although their precise localization and specific functions in embryonic development have not(More)
Unipolar brush cells (UBCs) are a class of excitatory, glutamatergic interneurons occurring at high density in the granular layer of the vestibulo-cerebellum. UBCs are intermediate in size between granule cells, which in rat originate postnatally from precursors in the external granular layer, and Golgi cells, which are generated prenatally and postnatally(More)
The transcriptional regulation of the murine gene encoding the 67-kDa form of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD67) was studied by beta-galactosidase histochemistry in transgenic mice carrying fusion genes between progressively longer portions of the 5'-upstream regulatory region of GAD67 and E. coli lacZ. No expression was detected in brains of mice carrying(More)
Espins are associated with the parallel actin bundles of hair cell stereocilia and are the target of mutations that cause deafness and vestibular dysfunction in mice and humans. Here, we report that espins are also concentrated in the microvilli of a number of other sensory cells: vomeronasal organ sensory neurons, solitary chemoreceptor cells, taste cells,(More)
The espin actin-bundling proteins, which are the target of the jerker deafness mutation, caused a dramatic, concentration-dependent lengthening of LLC-PK1-CL4 cell microvilli and their parallel actin bundles. Espin level was also positively correlated with stereocilium length in hair cells. Villin, but not fascin or fimbrin, also produced noticeable(More)
Epidermal growth factor receptor pathway substrate 8 (Eps8) is a widely expressed multidomain signaling protein that coordinates two disparate GTPase-dependent mechanisms: actin reorganization via Ras/Rac pathways and receptor trafficking via Rab5. Expression of Eps8, the gene encoding the founding member of the Eps8 family of proteins, was found in(More)
Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) is broadly used in neuroscience to study embryonic development and adult neurogenesis. The potential toxicity of this halogenated pyrimidine analogue is frequently neglected. In this study, we administered BrdU in small doses by the progressively delayed cumulative labeling method to immunocytochemically tag different cerebellar(More)
Transient receptor potential "canonical" cation channels (TRPC) are involved in many cellular activities, including neuronal synaptic transmission. These channels couple lipid metabolism, calcium homeostasis, and electrophysiological properties as they are calcium permeable and activated through the phospholipase C pathway and by diacylglycerol. The TRPC3(More)
Hearing and vestibular function depend on mechanosensory staircase collections of hair cell stereocilia, which are produced from microvillus-like precursors as their parallel actin bundle scaffolds increase in diameter and elongate or shorten. Hair cell stereocilia contain multiple classes of actin-bundling protein, but little is known about what each class(More)