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Available treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) require frequent injections and have significant side effects. Proteases generated during inflammation are involved in the induction of tissue damage during inflammatory demyelination in the central nervous system (CNS). The Bowman-Birk Inhibitor (BBI), a soy-derived protease inhibitor with anti-carcinogenic(More)
To determine how neural influences control the function of the pineal gland, morphological and biochemical relationships after pharmacological treatment have been studied in rat pineal cells in monolayer cultures. Norepinephrine (NE) and dibutyryl cyclic 3′,5′-adenosine monophosphate (dBcAMP) treatment of cells that had been in culture for 5 and 21 days(More)
The morphological development of pinealocytes maintained in monolayer culture, without the neural and humoral effects present in the developing rat has been studied and compared with the development that occurs in vivo. Pinealocytes in 5 day cultures contained organelles that were similar to those present in the pineals of intact 5 day old rats. However,(More)
Cells derived from the neonatal rat pineal gland were cocultured with cells derived from neonatal rat superior cervical ganglia (SCG) in an attempt to determine whether a sympathetic target organ with only adrenergic properties could enhance the development of adrenergic transmitter properties in sympathetic neurons in tissue culture. Choline(More)
The activities of the various molecular forms of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) were measured in monolayer cultures of neonatal rat pineal cells grown alone and in co-culture with sympathetic neurons. AChE forms characterized by sedimentation coefficients of 4S, 6.5S, and 10S were found in he neuronal and pineal cultures, as well as in the co-cultures. The 16S(More)
The effect of rat serum on serotoninN-acetyltransferase (NAT) activity and indole synthesis in monolayer cultures of neonatal rat pineal glands was examined. The addition of 5% rat serum to these cultures resulted in stimulation of NAT activity equal to that obtained with optimal concentrations of the adrenergic agonist norepinephrine (NE). Rat serum also(More)
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