Jaime A. Misler

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Nurr1, an orphan nuclear receptor, is essential for the differentiation of the midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons; however, its function in adult midbrain DA neurons has not been determined. The present study compared regional brain levels of catecholamines and spontaneous and pharmacologically induced locomotor behaviors between mice heterozygous for the(More)
Sensorimotor gating is a phenomenon that is linked with dopamine neurotransmission in limbic and cortical areas, and disruption of sensorimotor gating has been consistently demonstrated in schizophrenia patients. The nuclear receptor Nurr1 is essential for development of dopamine neurons and, using Nurr1-null heterozygous mice, has been found to be(More)
The nuclear receptor Nurr1 is essential for the development of midbrain dopamine neurons and appears to be an important regulator of dopamine levels as adult Nurr1-null heterozygous (+/-) mice have reduced mesolimbic/mesocortical dopamine levels. The mechanism(s) through which reduced Nurr1 expression affects dopamine levels has not been determined.(More)
Spinally administered adenosine reduces hypersensitivity in animals and humans with nerve injury, but also causes transient pain in humans and reduces tonic inhibition in spinal neurons. Nerve injury results in increased tonic spinal cord adenosine A1 receptor activation, consistent with a role for adenosine to generate hypersensitivity. Here, we(More)
Oxidative stress contributes to several debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. To facilitate direct monitoring of the cytoplasmic oxidation state in neuronal cells, we have developed roTurbo by including several mutations: F223R, A206K, and six of the mutations for superfolder green fluorescent protein. Thus we have generated an improved redox sensor that(More)
A positional scanning cyclic peptide library was generated using a penta-peptide thioester scaffold. Glycine was fixed at position R(1). Diaminopropionic acid was fixed at position R(3), with its γ-amino attaching to an anthraniloyl group. Positions R(2) and R(4) contained 36 L- and D- amino acids and position R(5) contained 19 L- amino acids. Cyclization(More)
A novel series of endomorphin-1 (EM-1) and endomorphin-2 (EM-2) analogues was synthesized, incorporating chiral α-hydroxy-β-phenylalanine (AHPBA), and/or Dmt(1)-Tic(2) at different positions. Pharmacological activity and metabolic stability of the series was assessed. Consistent with earlier studies of β-amino acid substitution into endomorphins, multiple(More)
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