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Acute exposure to cocaine transiently induces several Fos family transcription factors in the nucleus accumbens, a region of the brain that is important for addiction. In contrast, chronic exposure to cocaine does not induce these proteins, but instead causes the persistent expression of highly stable isoforms of deltaFosB. deltaFosB is also induced in the(More)
Cocaine enhances dopamine-mediated neurotransmission by blocking dopamine re-uptake at axon terminals. Most dopamine-containing nerve terminals innervate medium spiny neurons in the striatum of the brain. Cocaine addiction is thought to stem, in part, from neural adaptations that act to maintain equilibrium by countering the effects of repeated drug(More)
DeltaFosB is a Fos family transcription factor that is induced by chronic exposure to cocaine and other drugs of abuse in the nucleus accumbens and related striatal regions, brain regions that are important for the behavioral effects of these drugs. To better understand the mechanisms by which DeltaFosB contributes to the effects of chronic drug treatment,(More)
1. The kinetic properties of cloned mouse embryonic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) expressed in HEK 293 cells or Xenopus oocytes were examined using high concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh), carbamylcholine (CCh), or tetramethylammonium (TMA). The rate constants of agonist binding and channel gating were estimated by fitting kinetic models to(More)
Unintentional falls are a common cause of severe injury in the elderly population. By introducing small, non-invasive sensor motes in conjunction with a wireless network, the Ivy Project aims to provide a path towards more independent living for the elderly. Using a small device worn on the waist and a network of fixed motes in the home environment, we can(More)
Fos family transcription factors are believed to play an important role in the transcriptional responses of the brain to a variety of stimuli. Previous studies have described 35 and 37 kDa Fos-like proteins, termed chronic Fos-related antigens (FRAs), that are induced in brain in a region-specific manner in response to several chronic perturbations,(More)
Using an antibody that recognizes the products of all known members of the fos family of immediate early genes, it was demonstrated that destruction of the nigrostriatal pathway by 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesions of the medial forebrain bundle produces a prolonged (>3 months) elevation of Fos-like immunoreactivity in the striatum. Using retrograde tract(More)
1. The voltage dependence of binding and gating in wild-type and mutant recombinant mouse nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) was examined at the single-channel level. 2. The closing rate constant of diliganded receptors decreased e-fold with approximately 66 mV hyperpolarization in both wild-type (adult and embryonic) and mutant receptors. The(More)
DeltaFosB, a member of the Fos family of transcription factors, is derived from the fosB gene via alternative splicing. Just as c-Fos and many other Fos family members are induced rapidly and transiently in specific brain regions in response to many types of acute perturbations, novel isoforms of DeltaFosB accumulate in a region-specific manner in brain(More)
Previous work has shown that c-Fos and several Fos-like proteins or Fras (Fos-related antigens) are induced acutely in brain in response to a wide variety of stimuli. In contrast, several stimuli induce apparently distinct Fos-like proteins, termed chronic Fras, after chronic administration. We show that delta FosB, a truncated splice variant of FosB,(More)