Jeannette A Barrett

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Repeated subthreshold stimulation of limbic brain areas increases seizure susceptibility in experimental models of epilepsy. In addition, acute dietary indispensable amino acid (IAA) deficiency activates the anterior piriform cortex (APC), a seizure-prone limbic brain area in the rat. Based on these two findings, we hypothesized that activation of the APC(More)
UNLABELLED Central sensitization is one form of long-term plasticity in the central nervous system. Sustained activation of primary sensory fibers supplying dorsal horn can induce long-lasting increases in the discharge amplitude of primary afferent synapses. This is similar to the long-term potentiation that occurs in many other CNS regions. Drugs that(More)
Expression of c-fos is increased in the central amygdaloid nucleus (CE) of rats ingesting a diet with a severely imbalanced essential amino acid profile (IMB), at a time associated with development of a conditioned taste aversion (CTA). The CE and the basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (BL) both are reported to be involved in the development of CTA. Large(More)
The serotonin3 (5-HT3) receptor plays an important role in the aminoprivic feeding model. Other neurochemical systems, including cholecystokinin (CCK) and dopamine (DA), are known to affect food intake. We pretreated rats systemically with tropisetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, alone and combined with antagonists of DA1 and DA2 receptors, and measured(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of noradrenergic agents infused into the anterior hypothalamus on feline affective defense responses elicited by electrical stimulation of the ventromedial hypothalamus. Anterior hypothalamic sites which are known to receive inputs from both the ventromedial hypothalamus and ascending noradrenergic(More)
Tilting from supine to upright purportedly enhances both segmental and pulmonary proprioceptive feedback, whereas an expiratory threshold load (ETL) preferentially enhances pulmonary feedback. To test this we studied 13 adults when supine and 60 degrees and 90 degrees head up. We measured tidal volume, inspiratory duration (TI), and expiratory duration (TE)(More)
Serotonin3 (5-HT3) receptors in the periphery mediate anorectic responses to the amino acid deficiency, which occurs after eating amino acid-imbalanced diets (IMB). However, other neurochemical systems, notably cholecystokinin (CCK), are known to affect food intake. We pretreated rats systemically with tropisetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, alone and(More)
Sexual dysfunction has been reported in both men and women with epilepsy. Associated factors are diverse but include, among others, antiepileptic drugs. We present the cases of 5 men who reported mild to moderate erectile dysfunction or impotence for the first time when treated with the new antiepileptic drug pregabalin as add-on therapy.
The effects of norepinephrine microinjected into the anterior hypothalamus were examined in feline affective defense behavior elicited by electrical stimulation of the region of the ventromedial nucleus. Anterior hypothalamic sites from which affective defense behavior could also be elicited by electrical stimulation and which are known to receive inputs(More)
Soft tissue sarcomas are investigated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) both for initial staging and follow-up. We describe the presence of increased signal on T2-weighted images caused by a neurotized muscle flap following reconstructive surgery. This raised concern about possible sarcoma recurrence that was not clinically evident. On post-operative(More)