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GABA, the main inhibitory transmitter in adulthood, early in postnatal development exerts a depolarizing and excitatory action. This effect, which results from a high intracellular chloride concentration ([Cl(-)](i)), promotes neuronal growth and synaptogenesis. During the second postnatal week, the developmental regulated expression of the cation-chloride(More)
The cellular distribution of GABAC receptor rho1 and rho2 subunits in the rat central nervous system remains controversial. We investigated how these subunits were distributed in cerebellum, hippocampus and spinal cord at postnatal day 1, 7 or in adult life. We found that in the adult cerebellum rho1 and rho2 mRNAs were expressed in Purkinje cells and(More)
Pheromones are substances released from animals that, when detected by the vomeronasal organ of other individuals of the same species, affect their physiology and behavior. Pheromone binding to receptors on microvilli on the dendritic knobs of vomeronasal sensory neurons activates a second messenger cascade to produce an increase in intracellular Ca(2+)(More)
The disruption of the nerve growth factor (NGF) gene in trans-genic mice leads to a lethal phenotype (Crowley et al., 1994) and hinders the study of NGF functions in the adult. In this study the phenotypic knockout of NGF in adult mice was achieved by expressing transgenic anti-NGF antibodies, under the control of the human cytomegalovirus promoter. In(More)
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