Jocelyne Doucette

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In mammals the olfactory receptor neurons are the only ones that are known to undergo continuous cell renewal in the adult animal. This means that the axon of each newly formed neuron must grow into the olfactory bulb to find its appropriate target cell. It is presumed that astrocytes ensheath the olfactory axons as they course through the nerve fiber layer(More)
The re-innervation of the olfactory bulb has been studied in rats in which the primary afferent axons were transected either in the peripheral nervous system, on the intracranial side of the cribriform plate, or in the central nervous system, in the nerve fibre layer of the bulb. Both procedures resulted in denervation of glomeruli on the dorsal surface of(More)
Although Sirt2 is primarily expressed in oligodendrocytes of the central nervous system, its role in oligodendroglial lineage differentiation is not fully understood. Our findings demonstrate that the transcription factor Nkx2.2 binds to the Sirt2 promoter via histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC-1), the binding site for Nkx2.2 maps close to the start codon of the(More)
1. The olfactory epithelium (OE) is a simple structure that gives rise to olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) throughout life. 2. Numerous transcription factors (TFs) are expressed in regions of the OE which contain progenitor cells and OSNs. The function of some of these TFs in OSN development has been elucidated with the aide of transgenic knockout mice. 3.(More)
Recent discoveries have enhanced our knowledge of the transcriptional control of oligodendrocyte (OG) development. In particular, the transcription factors (TFs) Olig2, Pax6, and Nkx2.2 have been shown to be important in the specification and/or maturation of the OG lineage. Although numerous other TFs are expressed by OGs, little is known regarding their(More)
During aging, there is a decrease both in the stability of central nervous system (CNS) myelin once formed and in the efficiency of its repair by oligodendrocytes (OLs). To study CNS remyelination during aging, we used the cuprizone (a copper chelator) mouse model. Inclusion of cuprizone in the diet kills mature OLs and demyelinates axons in the rostral(More)
1. We hypothesized that non-neuronal cells could be eliminated from primary dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cultures by including a DNA topoisomerase inhibitor (camptothecin) during culture. 2. Exposure to 20 μM camptothecin for 48 h, beginning at 3 days in vitro, reliably eliminates proliferating non-neuronal cells. 3. Following camptothecin treatment, neurons(More)
Coordinated expression of Hoxa2, Hoxd1 and Pax6 proteins were found to coincide with the three developmental stages of the diencephalon, as described for the mouse brain. In the first stage (embryonic day (E) 10-12) Hoxa2, Hoxd1 and Pax6 (an early marker gene of the diencephalon) were expressed as early as E10.5 in prosomeres (p), p2 and p3. All three(More)
(1) Little information exists on the role of clustered Hox genes in oligodendrocyte (OG) development. This study examines the expression profile of Hoxd1 and identifies a potential downstream target in the OG lineage. (2) Immunocytochemical analysis of primary mixed glial cultures demonstrated Hoxd1 was expressed throughout OG development. (3) A human(More)