Chiping Wu9
Denis G M Jugloff6
9Chiping Wu
6Denis G M Jugloff
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In this study, we tested whether over-expressing the GABA(B) receptor R1a subtype in transgenic mouse forebrain neurons would be sufficient to induce spontaneous absence seizures. As hypothesized, these transgenic mice develop spontaneous, recurrent, bilaterally synchronous, 3-6 Hz slow spike and wave discharges between 2 and 4 months of age. These(More)
Overexpression of GABA(B)R1a receptors in mice (R1a(+)) results in an atypical absence seizure phenotype characterized by 3- to 6-Hz slow spike-and-wave discharges (SSWDs), reduced synaptic plasticity, and cognitive impairment. Here we tested the hypothesis that increased R1 expression causes atypical absence epilepsy and is not subunit specific. GABA(B)R1b(More)
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding the transcriptional repressor methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). Here we demonstrate that the Mecp2-null mouse model of Rett syndrome shows an age-dependent impairment in hippocampal CA1 long-term potentiation induced by tetanic or theta-burst stimulation.(More)
Rett syndrome is an autism-spectrum disorder caused by loss of function mutations within the gene encoding methyl CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). While subtle decreases in synaptic plasticity have been detected within cortical and hippocampal neurons of Mecp2-null mice, only minimal information exists regarding how the loss of MeCP2 affects network activity(More)
In September of 2011, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) and the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) convened a workshop involving a broad cross-section of basic scientists,(More)
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurological condition affecting almost exclusively girls that is caused by mutations of the MECP2 gene. Recent studies have shown that transgenic delivery of MeCP2 function to Mecp2-deficient male mice can improve their Rett-like behavior. However, as the brain of a Rett girl contains a mosaic of MeCP2 expressing and(More)
Rett syndrome is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding the methyl DNA-binding factor MeCP2. As brain mass and neuronal complexity tend to be diminished in Rett patients, we tested whether MeCP2 directly influences the morphological complexity of developing neurons. Our results show that cultured mouse neurons overexpressing MeCP2beta(More)
Using female MeCP2-deficient mice as a model, we tested whether MeCP2 expression levels would parallel one another in different regions of the brain and spinal cord, and/or whether the levels of MeCP2 protein in these specific neural regions would correlate with the degree of behavioral impairment seen in individual subjects. Our results show that MeCP2(More)
Mutations in the X-linked gene encoding Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) have been associated with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders including Rett Syndrome, X-linked mental retardation syndrome, severe neonatal encephalopathy, and Angelman syndrome. Although alterations in the performance of MeCP2-deficient mice in specific behavioral(More)
Rett syndrome is a pediatric neurological condition caused by mutations of the gene encoding the transcriptional regulator MECP2. In this study, we examined cortical and hippocampal electroencephalographic (EEG) activity in male and female MeCP2-deficient mice at symptomatic stages during different behavioral states. During acute sleep, MeCP2-deficient mice(More)