Gerd Van Den Kieboom

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Glial cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), neurturin and persephin are neurotrophic factors involved in neuroneal differentiation, development and maintenance. They act on different types of neuroneal cells and signal through a receptor complex composed of a specific ligand-binding subunit of the GDNF family receptor alpha (GFRalpha) family(More)
There is increasing evidence that apoptosis in postmitotic neurons is associated with a frustrated attempt to reenter the mitotic cycle. Okadaic acid, a specific protein phosphatase inhibitor, is currently used in models of Alzheimer's research to increase the degree of phosphorylation of various proteins, such as the microtubule-associated protein tau.(More)
Recently apoptotic markers have been found in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) brain. To investigate the relation between tau phosphorylation and apoptosis, immunocytochemistry of AT8 (indicating the degree of phosphorylation at the tau Ser202/Thr205 site) was quantitatively determined the degree of tau phosphorylation at the Ser202 site was monitored during(More)
Coexpression of constitutively active GSK-3beta[S9A] rescued the axonal pathology induced by overexpression of human tau in transgenic mice (Spittaels et al., (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275, 41340-41349). We isolated dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neuronal cultures from adult tau4R- and tau4R x GSK-3beta-transgenic mice to define the mechanisms at the cellular and(More)
Cyclic adenosine 3'5'-monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic guanosine 3'5'-monophosphate (cGMP) serve as second messengers in several cellular pathways within the central nervous system. In various neurological and psychiatric disorders with known deficits in neurotransmission function, CSF levels of cAMP and/or cGMP in patients were studied. Very little(More)
Taxol-induced peripheral neuropathy is a commonly-occurring side-effect in the treatment of cancer patients with taxoteres or taxanes. Taxol is known to induce apoptosis in a number of tumor cells. This report documents that, similar to proliferating cells, taxol induces apoptosis in NGF-differentiated PC12 cells, as assessed by exogenous FITC-annexin-V(More)
The drug development process involves identifying a compound and assessing its merit through rigorous pre-clinical and clinical trials. The pre-clinical stage is designed to assess the chemical properties of the new drug, as well as to determine the steps for synthesis and purification. In this stage of drug development, circumstances might dictate the use(More)
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